Perry County Community Foundation Awards $52,000 In Rapid Response Grants

(Perry County, Indiana)  The Perry County Community Foundation has awarded $52,000 in Rapid Response Grants to 25 charitable organizations affected by COVID-19. The Rapid Response Grant program was launched on March 27.

According to Emily Davis, 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 Davis.

The Foundation intended for the program to be both efficient and timely and according to Davis, 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 Perry County community,” says Davis.  “The grants have provided funding to cover unforeseen expenses that have been required of our Perry 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 grants to Adventist Community Services for the purchase of food for those in need; American Red Cross for the support of blood collection services in southwest Indiana; Branchville United Methodist Church to supplement lack of income; Bread of Life Ministry for a food program for families in need; Brick by Brick on Main, Inc. to provide resources to local community members and business owners; Cannelton Food Pantry for the purchase of food and personal hygiene supplies for community members; Catholic Charities- Tell City Deanery for the Emergency Assistance Program to assist with utilities, prescriptions, and rent; Chemo Buddies to supplement lack of income; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to provide additional telemedicine services; Habitat for Humanity of Perry County to finalize a property purchase and begin purchasing construction materials for applicant families; Junior Achievement of West Kentucky, Inc. to provide online resources for free to teachers, parents, and students and to cover expenses due to cancelled events; Perry Central Community School Corporation for a food program for families in need and to purchase 3D printing materials to produce additional face shields; Perry County Council on Aging for emergency food and supply delivery to community members and the purchase of personal protective equipment; Perry County Memorial Hospital for the purchase of an additional stretcher; Perry County 4-H Council to cover expenses due to cancelled events; Perry County Business & Industrial Development Corporation to provide assistance to local businesses located in Perry County to ensure short-term financial needs are met; Perry County Council of Agencies to purchase food to stock the food pantry; Rome Community Center, Inc. to cover expenses due to cancelled events; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley for the purchase of food pantry items and cleaning supplies; Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, Inc. to assist those in need; St. Paul Ministry of Charity Weekend Food Backpack Program to provide backpacks of food to the students of the three county schools; SWIRCA & More to fund food materials, supplies, and delivery costs to help feed local seniors; Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation to provide food bags to students and families; Tri-County YMCA to assist with virtual delivery of exercises and to purchase cleaning supplies; and Tri-State Food Bank to provide food for those in need.

“This program was made available through generous donations made by our giving donors.” says Earla Williams, President of the Perry County Community Foundation Advisory Board. “On behalf of our board and staff, we thank them for their legacy of giving back to our Perry County community.”

For more information, or to make a gift to the Perry County Community Foundation, contact Mary James, Regional Director of Development at 812.649.5724 or visit