(Gibson County, Indiana) The Gibson County Community Foundation has awarded $60,000 in Rapid Response Grants to 28 charitable organizations affected by COVID-19. The Rapid Response Grant program was launched on March 27.
According to John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, the program has been successful by helping organizations meet unforeseen challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. John says “In answer to what our 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 Campbell, 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 quick, in order for them to support members of the Gibson County community,” says Campbell. “The grants have provided funding to cover unforeseen expenses that have been required of our Gibson County organizations like scaling up services or covering expenses due to closings and cancelled fundraisers. Our program helped them meet these early COVID-19 challenges.”
The Foundation awarded 28 grants to local organizations. Several of the organizations include: Owensville Ministerial Alliance Food Bank to feed the parents and kids who are in need within the community; Trinity United Methodist Church/East Gibson Food Pantry for the purchase of additional food to increase their supplies to serve the growing number of customers; The Arc of Southwestern Indiana to buy Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to protect direct support professionals and the individuals they serve; The Lord’s Pantry to purchase food supplies to keep shelves stocked in order to meet the needs of the community; Henager Family Museum Inc. to restock shelves of the Veterans Food-Bank of America, provide relief for operating expenses, and to help with the cost of transporting food for those veterans unable to pick up.
“On behalf of the board, we are all grateful to our generous donors for their contributions that enabled us to put this program together,” says Matt Monroe, President of the Gibson County Community Foundation Advisory Board. “Also a big thank you to the staff that was able to mobilize these funds so quickly and get them where they were needed most.”
For more information, or to make a gift to the Gibson County Community Foundation, contact at 812.386.8082 or visit CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Gibson.