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 fund focuses on critical needs in our communities.
In April, 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. In May, we awarded $62,110 in Round 2 grants, with the maximum being $10,000. In June, we awarded $61,787.50 in Round 3 grants. A total of $52,070 was awarded in Round 4 in early August.
We have just over $82,000 remaining in our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Grant Applications for Round 5 must be emailed to info@EWVCF.org before 5 PM September 30th.
Organizations that have received one of our earlier EWVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grants may apply for additional grants once they have submitted a final report to verify grant expenditures related to the previous grant.
Our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is being administered as a flexible short-term fund to provide relief for a variety of unexpected costs. These grants are NOT of the scale to support larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services.
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.
If your organization is serving Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, or Hardy Counties, and you are interested in learning if this grant is a good fit, download the grant application and instructions.
Donations to the Fund are still being accepted.
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. Through the generosity of dozens of donors, we will award more than $332,000 in EWVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Grants. 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.