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

(Knox County, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation has awarded $50,000 in Rapid Response Grants to 16 charitable organizations affected by COVID-19. The Rapid Response Grant program was launched on March 27.

According to Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, the program has been successful by helping organizations meet unforeseen challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “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,” says Lauren Osmon, the Foundation’s Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

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 quick, in order for them to support members of the Knox County community,” says Osmon.  “The grants have provided funding to cover unforeseen expenses that have been required of our Knox 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.”  Osmon stated that the Rapid Response Grant program was designed to work alongside the United Way of Knox County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants.

The Foundation awarded grants to Helping His Hands for a food service program and the purchase of disaster supplies; Generations for a food program for older adults; Ronald McDonald House Charities for the purchase of food and sanitization supplies for those in need; Bread of Life Ministry for a food program for families in need; Good Samaritan Hospital for the purchase of extra personal protective equipment; North Knox Social Ministries for a program providing assistance to those in need; Indiana Military Museum to cover expenses due to closing and cancelled events; First Baptist Church in Bicknell for a program providing emergency assistance to area families; Thursday Church for an emergency assistance project for families in need; American Red Cross for the support of blood collection services in southwest Indiana; The Salvation Army for a program providing emergency assistance to those in need; The Lord’s Warehouse for a food program for families in need; Old Town Players to cover expenses due to show cancellations; North Knox School Nurses Fund to support an emergency assistance program for those in need; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to provide additional telemedicine services; and God’s Pantry-Oaktown Christian Church for a food service program for needy families.

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

For more information, or to make a gift to the Knox County Community Foundation, contact Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development at 812.886.0093 or visit CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox.