Akron Community Foundation established the Community Response Fund for Nonprofits to address emergency needs that arise in Summit and Medina counties related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund has reached nearly $620,000 in assets and has distributed more than $360,000 in grants to local nonprofits.
About the Community Response Fund for Nonprofits
Akron Community Foundation's Community Response Fund for Nonprofits is rapidly providing flexible resources to area nonprofit organizations that are working on the front lines of educating, engaging and supporting individuals impacted by COVID-19 and the broader ramifications of this health crisis.
While the Community Response Fund for Nonprofits is not able to award grants directly to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have the experience and history of providing vital services and support to local residents.
Community Response Fund Grants
The fund will support area nonprofit organizations that are meeting the basic needs of individuals directly impacted by this health crisis. The funding is meant as a one-time investment for nonprofits providing food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities for everyday survival.
Given the dynamic nature of this moment, the fund intends to provide grants on a rolling basis to ensure dollars are deployed in the community quickly and responsively. Active fundraising is underway, which we hope will enable multiple rounds of support as the community needs and challenges evolve, and as we gain greater clarity about this crisis.
Akron Community Foundation and our family of fundholders recognize the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak are likely to overwhelmingly affect communities already facing health and economic disparities, which will perpetuate the inequities that persist in our community. Dollars raised through our Community Response Fund for Nonprofits will go to those organizations that are directly impacting those set back by this crisis.
Examples of potential grants include but are not limited to:
- Critical operational support to nonprofits providing services to those impacted by COVID-19
- Immediate basic needs of vulnerable citizens, including food delivery for seniors and additional services for economically insecure populations
- Emergency shelter for domestic violence victims impacted by COVID-19
- Supplies for health clinics or community-based organizations
- Mental health services
- Rent and utility assistance for those who cannot afford their monthly payment because of lost work
Grantmaking Process & Distribution
Akron Community Foundation will provide up to $5,000 in grants to the most impacted organizations. It is our intention to ensure that both the scope of the fund and the grants awarded are meeting the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, we are not able to prioritize organizations that 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.
The review of potential grant investments will ensure resources reach organizations already facing persistent health and economic disparities. COVID-19 is exacerbating those inequities, which are likely to grow as the crisis unfolds. To address this challenge, the Community Response Fund for Nonprofits will target the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted organizations by leveraging existing relationships with trusted leaders and providers in affected communities.