Here in Southwest Georgia, we have overcome many difficult situations together over the years: natural disasters, man-made disasters, economic emergencies—but nothing quite like the health emergency we face today.
United Way of Southwest Georgia's Community Relief Fund is a fund created to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most affected by COVID-19. This includes agencies who support individuals and families with access to food; supplementing lost wages and/or housing costs or serving vulnerable populations such as seniors and/or homeless.
Participating funders are working collaboratively to collect emergency funding requests, using a common online application, in order to simplify and streamline the process for nonprofits seeking emergency funds.
The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund application will open on Monday, April 6, 2020 through April 10, 2020 for the first round. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated weekly for future rounds. Decisions will be made throughout the crisis period to facilitate the urgent need for funding against evolving community need.
Grant ranges will be considered depending on the number of requests and amount of funding available.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
In order to be eligible for funding, agencies must meet the following criteria:
- Must be 501©3 organization.
- Must provide services in the United Way of Southwest Georgia's geographic territory including: Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Randolph, Sumter, Terrell, and Worth.
- Must provide services that address immediate response relief efforts in response to COVID-19.
- Requests need to focus on first responders and/or support for vulnerable populations– (examples could include seniors, children, homeless, low income displaced workers, and those without other resources).
In Southwest Georgia, we have a history of coming together to support one another because we care!