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A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners has joined together to create a centralized funding pool that will rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations that are disproportionally impacted by COVID-19, the economic consequences of the outbreak, community and organizational recovery, and future community emergencies.
The United Ways and Community Foundations of Chautauqua County are working with direct service organizations and government agencies to identify critical needs and resource gaps and the best approach to disseminate emergency funds with the appropriate sense of urgency. Our goal is to ensure these funds are flexible enough to be used effectively, while achieving the highest degree of impact, transparency and accountability. Awards will complement the work of government and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
Since its creation in March, nearly $900,000 has been granted to organizations across Chautauqua County. The Crisis Response Fund recently awarded $600,000 to 40 local nonprofit organizations who have suffered severe financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 for Phase 2 funding. This phase of funding focused on providing general operational support to nonprofits that have either lost significant revenue or experienced an increased demand for services during this time. Priority was given to organizations that will play a key role in community-wide recovery or that contribute to the quality of life in the region.
To date nearly $300,000 has been provided through Phase 1 funding to community-based organizations to help meet immediate, emergency and basic human needs in Chautauqua County. Additionally, as part of this total over $25,000 has been awarded and Open-Safe Micro Grants to assist organizations with expenses related to reopening.
The Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund: COVID-19 remains committed to meeting the changing needs of the nonprofit sector; this is a fluid and dynamic situation and the response strives to do the same. As the need and acute phase of the pandemic still exists, the Crisis Response Fund will continue to accept and rapidly award funding as needed in the community for both Phase 1 funding and Open Safe Micro-Grants.
Phase 1 Funding
We recognize the emergent needs of organizations on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, including those supporting older adults and vulnerable families. Local funding is intended to complement the work of government and other funding sources to expand local capacity. Priority will be given to requests that indicate high levels of collaboration and unprecedented partnership as it relates to the following:
- General operational support
- Flexible funds to help individuals and families
- Food Security
- Service for Older Adults
- Child Care Services
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Other Basic Human Needs
View a copy of the Grant Application HERE.
Open Safe Micro-Grant
The Open Safe Micro-Grant aims to help nonprofits prepare to reopen and adapt services as needed to meet the requirements and recommendations of health and safety guidelines. Requests are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed weekly. Nonprofits can apply for up to $500.00 per organization. Supplies and materials may include: personal protective equipment, cleaning, disinfectant and sanitation supplies, hygiene or supplies for health screenings, materials for re-configuring space, or other employee, client and visitor safety supplies.
View a copy of the Grant Application HERE.
Eligibility: Grants will only be made to 501c3 organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution (schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities). Priority will be given to organizations with operating budgets of less than $5 million dollars and those with paid staff.
- Requests are accepted through www.chautauquagrants.org. Applicants may be contacted while their application is still in “DRAFT” to increase coordination with others seeking funding or to reduce unnecessary work if the request does not fit the current criteria.
- The Crisis Fund Decision Committee is geographically representative of the entire county and includes voices from the pool’s primary funders. They will receive guidance from government and nonprofit leaders serving in an advisory capacity to ensure coordination with other funding sources.
- Grantees will be listed at www.uwayscc.org/about-fund
- Final Reports, including documentation of all expenses, will be required
Our Foundation Partners:
- Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
- Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
- Cummins Foundation
- Holmberg Foundation
- Lenna Foundation
- Nestle Purina
- Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation
- Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation
- Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
- United Way of Northern Chautauqua County
- United Way of Southern Chautauqua County
Your generous contribution supports Chautauqua County nonprofit needs during the economic distress associated with COVID-19. To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund:COVID-19 was created to provide a coordinated response and reduce administrative burdens associated with emergency grant-making.
Click here to donate; or mail a check made payable to United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, make note in the memo section “Crisis Response” to 208 Pine Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’M LOOKING FOR INFORMATION AND RESOURCES RIGHT NOW. WHERE CAN I GO?
The United Ways of Chautauqua County have compiled a COVID-19 Resource Hub on their website with a list of links to share updates on the coronavirus, resources for nonprofits and employers, and ways you can take action in your community today. Click here to visit the Resource Hub.
I’M AN INDIVIDUAL WHO’S BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19. CAN THIS FUND HELP ME?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. The purpose of this fund is to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. Grants will be posted as decisions are made at www.uwayscc.org/about-fund
MY ORGANIZATION IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR GRANT RESOURCES FROM THIS FUND. CAN WE BE CONSIDERED?
WHO CAN APPLY FOR FUNDING?
Based upon the charitable structure of the Chautauqua County Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution (schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities). We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.
I WANT TO DONATE. CAN I RESTRICT MY FUNDING TO A PRIORITIZED GRANTEE?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund was created to provide a coordinated response to our region’s immediate needs.
SHOULD I GIVE TO THIS FUND INSTEAD OF MAKING OTHER DONATIONS?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for directing resources into the community, but rather to help focus a county-wide response. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past. Many organizations had to cancel annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings, so please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.
WHEN WILL YOU SHARE WHO YOU FUND?
The full list of selected grantees, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing is avialable on www.uwayscc.org/about-fund.