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About the Fund

 

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.


 

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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.

Phases of Funding Update

The first phase of grants from the Crisis Response Fund focused on immediate basic human needs, health and safety, and helping vulnerable populations access essential resources. More than $243,000 has already been awarded during Phase 1. The Crisis Response Fund is now transitioning to the second phase, which will be focused on providing general operational support grants to nonprofits that have either lost revenue due to COVID-19 or experienced an increased demand for their services during this time. A minimum of $600,000 will be available for Phase 2. We anticipate that these two phases will overlap, so the Crisis Fund will continue to rapidly award funds to nonprofits that focus on immediate, emergency and basic human needs. The Crisis Response Fund will now also be accepting Open Safe Micro-Grant requests to support nonprofits with the cost of re-opening supplies and materials;

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.

Phase 2-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.

The Crisis Response Fund will support nonprofits that have suffered severe financial hardship as a result of COVID-19; those that assist in community recovery; those that contribute to quality of life in the region.

Phase 2- Application and Process

Requests are accepted through www.chautauquagrants.org. Applicants will complete a brief Pre-Application due May 29. They will be notified by June 5 whether they have been approved to complete the Full Application. The Full Application deadline is June 12.

  • Increased Demand for Services
  • Loss of Revenue Due to Program Cancellation/PAUSE NY
  • Reduction in Government Grants and Contracts
  • Loss of Fundraising Revenue or Events
  • Cost of Reopening

As part of the full application organizations will be required to submit prepared cash flow projections for the next 3 to 6-month period or prepared scenario planning outlines. These tools were suggested activities on the Non-profit Checklist that was provided to assist organizations in maintaining viability as we transition into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources and templates to prepare these projections can be found here.

Criteria for funding decisions may be found in the Scorecard, which focuses in three areas Program Delivery (scenario planning, strategic communication), Financial (cash flow projections) and Operations (re-opening and contingency planning).

General Process:

  • 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

View a full list of donors to the fund here.

Donate:

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?

Applications may be submitted via www.chautauquagrants.org. For questions about the process, please email EJones@crcfonline.org or adam@unitedwayncc.org.

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

 

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