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 Helped

The Community Foundation Response Plan made over $1 million in funding available to organizations throughout southwestern Indiana that are at the forefront of helping communities impacted by COVID-19. The plan consisted 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.

Our Rapid Response Fund grants are now closed! Please review the Grant Seekers > Opportunities page to find open grant opportunities.

Rapid Response Fund Grants

The rapid response grants have 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 were 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 was required. Prioritization was 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.

Rapid Response Fund Grant Applications Are Now Closed

Thank you to nonprofits that applied for our Rapid Response Fund grants. Unfortunately, our applications are now closed! Please review the Grant Seekers > Opportunities page to find open grant opportunities.