Daviess County Community Foundation Awards $50,000 In Rapid Response Grants

(Washington, Indiana) The Daviess County Community Foundation has awarded $50,000 in Rapid Response Grants to 19 charitable organizations affected by COVID-19. The grant program has been providing support to Daviess County charitable programs since late March.

According to Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, the program has been successful by helping charities meet unforeseen challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “In answer to what these charitable partners have been experiencing since the crisis started, the grants have provided fast funding in response to their call for help.

The Foundation intended for the program to be both efficient and timely and according to Osmon, the response and payment times have been exceptional. “We’ve been able to quickly deploy funding to these organizations – applications were reviewed within 24 hours, and grant dollars were paid within 3 business days. We knew our response had to be that fast, in order for these organizations to sustain their efforts to serve our community,” says Osmon.  

The Foundation’s Rapid Response Grant program was designed to work alongside the United Way of Daviess County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. “The grants have provided funding to cover unforeseen expenses that have been required of our Daviess County organizations like scaling up services or covering expenses due to closings and cancelled fundraisers,” continued Osmon. “Our program helped them meet these early COVID-19 challenges.”

Grants were awarded to Daviess Community Hospital for the purchase of PPE; Daviess County Partnership to provide increased hotline hours; Tri-State Food Bank for program support; Parkview Village Christian Care for the purchase of supplies and services; RSVP of Daviess County for a weekly grocery delivery service to older adults; PowerHouse to provide meals to teens in need; Senior and Family Services to provide prepared meals to for senior citizens; Pregnancy Care Center for operating expenses; Ronald McDonald House Charities for the purchase of food and sanitization supplies; Bread of Life Ministry to support their food program for families in need; American Red Cross for the support of blood collection services in southwest Indiana; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to provide additional telemedicine services; YouthFirst to sustain supportive services for youth and families; Habitat for Humanity for construction costs associated with homes in Daviess County; Ketcham Memorial Center for the purchase of PPE; Four Rivers Resource Services for emergency preparedness; The Salvation Army Daviess County Extension Unit to provide emergency assistance to Daviess County families; Veale Creek Theatre to cover expenses due to show cancellations/closure; and Friends for Kids for operating expenses.

“This program could only be provided because we have generous donors,” says Linda Myers, President of the Daviess County Community Foundation Advisory Board. “On behalf of our board and staff, we thank them for their legacy of giving back to the community we share.”

For more information, or to make a gift to the Daviess County Community Foundation, contact Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development at 812.254.9354 or visit CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.