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.
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).
Funding Use and Approach:
This crisis necessitates funding in at least two phases. First, 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
The second phase will emerge after the acute phase of COVID-19 subsides. This includes the economic implications resulting from significant decreases in program revenue and the needs of families with diminished income. In this phase, funds will be strategically distributed to promote a return to normalcy for residents and for restoration of affected organizations. This phase will also emphasize rapid distribution of resources while maintaining high levels of coordination and accountability.
- Requests will only be considered at this time for immediate basic human needs, mental health services, and addressing the economic impact on individuals from reduced or lost work due to the outbreak.
- Requests are accepted through Chautauqua Grants and will be reviewed as received. 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 on the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County’s website.
- Final Reports, including documentation of all expenses, will be required.
Our Foundation Partners:
In less than one week, more than $750,000 has been raised, thanks to our generous foundation partners:
- Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
- Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
- Cummins Foundation
- Holmberg Foundation
- Hultquist Foundation
- Lenna Foundation
- Nestle Purina Pet Care
- 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
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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 https://www.uwayscc.org/chautauqua-county-crisis-response-fund-covid-19.
MY ORGANIZATION IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR GRANT RESOURCES FROM THIS FUND. CAN WE BE CONSIDERED?
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. Priority will be given to requests that indicate high levels of collaboration and unprecedented partnership and meeting the most immediate needs of older adults and vulnerable families. The Decision Committee is working to ensure that the grants awarded meet the critical needs of populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Applications may be submitted via www.chautauquagrants.org. For questions about the process, please email EJones@crcfonline.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
WHAT WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE FIRST PHASE OF FUNDING?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs from the outbreak and the longer-term needs of recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with our partners to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
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.
WHEN WILL YOU SHARE WHO YOU FUND?
We anticipate making a first round of grants in the coming weeks and will publish the list of selected grantees on our website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources.