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.
More than $343,000 has been raised since the fund was established in late March of 2020. During the past 10 months, 81 grants totaling $281,000 have been awarded to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. The roughly $60,000 remaining in the Fund will be awarded in February.
This final round of grants will focus on FRONT-LINE COMMUNITY-BASED NONPROFITS that have a strong track-record serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, services to financially vulnerable people who work in industries without sick leave and/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. 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.
The Fund is also interested in supporting work that will benefit populations and communities that are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, specifically those that are more susceptible to the virus and those that are not being supported directly or indirectly with CARES Act funding. When filling out the application, please tell us how you are addressing those needs.
Twenty-seven Front-line organizations that received one of our earlier EWVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grants have been invited to apply. Applications for the final round of COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grants will be accepted through January 31.
The majority of these grants will be in the $2,000 to $5,000 range.
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.