March - June 2020
As shelter-in-place orders took effect in March 2020, we deployed grants to pooled funds housed at local community foundations and United Ways within our 10-county geography. These funds allowed local partners to distribute resources to meet the most urgent needs in the community.
We also issued a request for proposals (RFP) and distributed $4.3M in responsive grants to our partners during the early months of the pandemic. The intention of this funding was to ensure that families continued to have access to trusted community-based organizations and to alleviate the financial pressures direct service organizations faced in delivering services. The majority of funding supported organizations that experienced significant increases in demand or adapted service delivery to respond to community need. Grants went to food banks, multiservice agencies, shelters and other housing providers, community health clinics and childcare providers.