COVID-19 | Resources for Nonprofits
The Community Foundation has several strategies to partnering with nonprofits and community leaders in addressing the COVID-19 health pandemic.
The Community Foundation has partnered with other funders and leaders to create the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, which aims to strengthen safety-net services for community members who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties. The LVCF fund first supported the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley initiated Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a regional, coordinated effort to rapidly deploy resources to community-based, front-line nonprofit organizations in the region.
In addition to contributing to the regional fund, LVCF’s Fund has and will continue to make grants outside of the regional effort’s scope, both are important factors to our region’s recovery.
The regional partnership of funders distributed over $320,000 to 43 nonprofits providing food, shelter, healthcare, income supports, and other essentials to our neighbors who live paycheck to paycheck, who are elderly, who have disabilities, or who are youth, among other vulnerable or marginalized populations in our community. LVCF contributed $50,000 to this round. The organizations included a mix of those who focus on one service and those who offer multiple services. See the list of grantees at LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund.
During May, the regional partnership of funders distributed $120,000 to 18 Lehigh Valley nonprofits. While food and housing access and income supports remained a top priority, special consideration was given to organizations that focus on mental health or substance use, as well as organizations led by Black Individuals or People of Color. LVCF contributed $30,000 to this round. In this round, grant amounts ranged from $2,500 to $15,000, with almost $50,000 in total. See the list at LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund.
Funding for phase 3 will be distributed over the summer with a focus on advancing racial justice.
The ongoing fourth and final phase of funding will engage community and nonprofit leaders in a co-design process of reimagining the Greater Lehigh Valley nonprofit sector to address community needs in the response and recovery from COVID-19. So far, LVCF has directed $90,000 to this innovative approach and is co-leading the effort with the United Way. More news will follow in the coming weeks. so please stay tuned!
COMPLETE A COVID-19 SUBMISSION FORM
Form submission is open, since the fund is on a rolling-basis. However, to be considered for the first round of funding, please share your organization’s needs on this form.
LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund
LVCF has established the LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund to unite with individuals who have an interest in giving back to our local community during this time of crisis. Funding raised will support the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, as well as other immediate needs identified by our stakeholders. We are also continuing to encourage fundholders to directly support their favorite organizations with an unrestricted grant recommendation through their established fund at the Community Foundation. Please read about the matching campaign click here.
Providing Flexibility for our Foundation-directed Grant Strategy
LVCF also recognizes the importance of unrestricted and immediate funding for nonprofit organizations during this time. We have shifted current and future grants on our Foundation-directed grants platforms to meet need. We have provided flexibility to grantees, converted some project-based grants into operational, and released restrictions where possible and applicable. To the extent allowed, we have aligned our grants strategies for this fiscal year and next to support the nonprofit sector in the best way possible in the wake of this crisis. LVCF will continue to seek out ways we can partner with nonprofits to respond to the COVID-19 health pandemic.
LVCF will continue to seek out ways we can partner with nonprofits to respond to the COVID-19 health pandemic.
We thank the nonprofit sector for their leadership and commitment during this difficult time of uncertainty. We’re here to answer your questions and to discuss issues related to COVID-19. Contact Megan Briggs at email@example.com.