COMMUNITY CRISIS FUND
IN RESPONSE TO THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 IN OUR REGION
United Way and Rochester Area Community Foundation have partnered on a centralized funding pool to rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofits that are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the economic consequences of the outbreak, community and organizational recovery, and future community emergencies.
PHASE 2 FUNDING
The goal of this new phase will be to support nonprofit organizations experiencing severe financial hardship because of costs associated with reopening or maintaining safe operations with a focus on equity. Priority status will be given to grant requests from organizations led by people of color as well as those with staff and board leadership reflecting the communities they serve, and those that can demonstrate at least 75 percent of the recipients fall within the priority populations (Black, Latinx, refugees, migrants, rural communities, people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, and older adults). Organizations can continue to apply for emergency grants that were funded in Phase 1 to support emergency needs caused by pandemic-related closures (food, shelter, clothing, childcare, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, etc.).
More than $5.2 million has been granted from the Community Crisis Fund as of 10/2/20. At this time, funds are running low. Please be sure your application closely aligns with the Community Crisis Fund's focus to improve the likelihood of your application being approved.
Applications for 2020 closed on November 20.
Applications for operational grants will need to be submitted by the rolling monthly deadlines on the third Friday of every month (August 21, September 18, October 16, etc.) until the Crisis Fund is depleted. Applications focused on emergency services (such as PPE, hand sanitizer, etc) will be reviewed weekly until the fund is depleted.
United Way of Greater Rochester will administer grants from the Fund in partnership with Rochester Area Community Foundation and in close collaboration with our partners. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards.
Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.
MY ORGANIZATION IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR GRANT RESOURCES FROM THIS FUND. CAN WE BE CONSIDERED?
The Community Crisis Fund is for qualified 501c3 organizations, including 501c3 faith-based organizations who 1) do not proselytize and 2) do not require confession of faith to access services. We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services as well as other challenges. We are working closely with our partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Grant applications will be available through Mighty Networks, a platform we are utilizing to increase connectivity, provide strategic guidance and coordinate supports for local human service agencies that are dealing with increased needs and operational challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have NOT already joined our Human Service Support Hub, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added. You will then be emailed access to Mighty Networks.
IS THERE A GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF FOCUS FOR THE FUND?
The Community Crisis Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the Greater Rochester area. The Fund will support needs throughout Monroe County and eight surrounding counties – Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates – as funding allows.
WHAT TYPE OF FUNDING WILL BE AVAILABLE?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs from the outbreak and the longer-term impacts of recovery.
In this first phase, coping and responding to the pandemic, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that will serve communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. We cannot fund direct payments to individuals, but rather are funding those organizations who provide basic needs support directly to people, specifically in response to the outbreak.
We recognize that most organizations are likely to face significant fiscal challenges for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to canceled events or programs, illness of staff, and/or increased demand for services. 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 for operational support, and updates will be posted here.
HOW WILL I FIND OUT IF MY ORGANIZATION WILL RECEIVE FUNDS?
You will be notified by a staff member from the United Way of Greater Rochester or Rochester Area Community Foundation. Please ensure you enter appropriate contact information in the application.
WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE FUNDS?
Funds will be distributed via electronic transfer only (checks are not possible at this time). If necessary, we will ask you to provide additional fiscal information in order to process funds.
WILL I NEED TO REPORT ON ANYTHING?
We will require a brief report within six months of funding. Details will follow should you be selected.
WHEN WILL YOU SHARE WHO YOU FUND?
We anticipate making a first round of investments in the coming weeks and will publish the list of selected grantees on this page.
ARE THESE FUNDS PART OF THE ANNUAL UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN?
Funds donated to the Community Crisis Fund will not be utilized towards the annual United Way campaign.