COVID-19: Rapid Response

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented disruption on daily life in southwestern Indiana, and while we don’t yet fully understand all the implications, we do know that it will be particularly challenging for those who are already vulnerable.

How We Are Helping

The Community Foundation Response Plan is making up to $1 million in funding available to organizations throughout southwestern Indiana that are at the forefront of helping communities impacted by COVID-19. The plan consists of two main components:

  • Part 1: To support partnering organizations by providing grants to already-established relief funds. We are contributing a $250,000 grant to the Greater Evansville COVID-19 Fund which will serve Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties and address basic needs for shelter, food, and medical care. Similar efforts are underway in Daviess, Knox, Perry, and Pike counties.
  • Part 2: To support local organizations that are affected by COVID-19, by offering rapid response grants through our county-specific Rapid Response Funds. We are also taking action to adjust business practices by extending deadlines for existing grant cycles and re-evaluating how to deploy future Community Good Grant strategies to best serve our communities.

Rapid Response Fund Grants

The rapid response grants will quickly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time grants (ranging from $250 to $5,000) to organizations that are impacted by COVID-19.  Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations that are deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, churches provided they meet IRS requirements, and from governmental agencies serving the county.

A simple, grant application is required. Prioritization will be made to the following requests:

  • analyzing and planning for financial challenges resulting from COVID-19;
  • adjusting to alternative work strategies resulting from social distancing;
  • scaling up to meet increased demand for services as a result of COVID-19;
  • overcoming lost income and sunk costs from fundraisers scheduled in March, April, or May that have been cancelled; and/or,
  • purchasing services or supplies necessitated by COVID-19. 

As the pandemic continues to affect organizations, we will continually monitor and address the need for continued support.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  All applicants must submit a simple, grant application, including bank account information.  Upon successful submission, organizations will be notified whether or not the grant was approved within 24 hours. Approved grant applications will be issued ACH payment within 4 business days of approval. Total time from application submission to payment will be 5 business days.

Directions on How to Apply

  • Click on the Apply Now button below
  • Create an account or login to your existing account on our grant management system application portal page
  • Complete the Rapid Response Grant Application
  • Upload Business Account Verification document (voided check, letter from bank, voided deposit slip, or bank statement showing only organization name and account number)
  • Submit application
  • Deadline to submit application: Friday, May 29, 2020

Please note: The Gibson, Knox, Perry, Spencer, and Vanderburgh County Community Foundations are no longer accepting applications.