In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Directors of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation established the EWVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Targeted to assist nonprofit organizations in the five-county region served by the Community Foundation (Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, and Hardy), the new fund focuses on critical needs in our communities. We awarded a total of $75,000 to 23 nonprofit organizations in our first round of COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants. These grants ranged from $1,000 to $4,500 and primarily supported front line charities. We are currently reviewing Letters of Request for Round 2 and will announce those grants soon.
Our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is being administered as a flexible short-term fund to provide relief for a variety of unexpected costs. Nonprofit organizations may download the Grant Letter of Request HERE. Once you’ve downloaded the fillable pdf, save it to your desktop or to the cloud, rename it with your organization’s name, fill out the Letter of Request, save it, then email it and the attachments to info@EWVCF.org by 5 PM on Friday, June 5th.
Although the majority of these grants will be in the $2,000 to $10,000 range, we want you to tell us what you believe your organization will truly need during the coming months. By doing so, you are helping us get a better grasp of the financial impact that COVID-19 is having on the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. We plan to award grants in the following three funding priority levels:
- Front Line Grants will fund community-based nonprofits that have increased demand for services due to COVID-19. These nonprofits have deep roots in our community and a strong track-record serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. This includes services to financially vulnerable people who work in industries without sick leave &/or health care; homeless people; and health-challenged vulnerable people. Grants are intended to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address the acute needs of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. These grants are NOT of the scale to support larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. Examples of the types of nonprofits in most need of Front Line Grant Support, as service numbers rise: community-based health clinics; food bank & food pantries; meal delivery programs; homelessness programs.
- Service-Challenged Grants fund nonprofits that are modifying their in-person service delivery modes extremely rapidly due to COVID-19 and need assistance to do so. These nonprofits likely need additional assistance to upgrade sanitation protocols and obtain cleaning supplies & service personnel. This includes youth centers, recreation centers, child care, senior services, adult daycare, community-based education programs.
- Collateral Damage Grants fund nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges.
Thanks to our donors, 100% of the contributions to the EWVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will be distributed to charities that are addressing these needs and no fees will be charged for administering this special pass-through fund.
Individuals, businesses, and civic organizations are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations today. The Fund has grown to nearly $100,000 and we hope to be awarding our first Emergency Response Grants next week. Contributions can be made online or with a check. To donate on our website, CLICK HERE.
Donations by check may be sent to our office – Payable to EWVCF with COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in the memo line. Mail the check to EWVCF, 229 E. Martin St. Suite 4, Martinsburg, WV 25401.