COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund

During these unprecedented times, the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has dramatically changed our way of life. The Community Foundation of Washington County will continue serving our donors, grantees, volunteers and community members during these challenging times.

As you know, the economic fallout from COVID-19 is causing significant hardship for many Washington County individuals, nonprofits and businesses. That is why the Community Foundation has partnered with United Way of Washington County to create the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to help Washington County nonprofits and individuals impacted by COVID-19. Collaborative partners in the philanthropic funding community include the Pauline K. Anderson Foundation, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, Community Foundation of Washington County, MD, God’s Grace Fund, The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation, Ed and Betsy Beachley, Dr. and Mrs. Mitesh and Erin Kothari, Kevin and Stacey Crawford, Todd and Sue Baer, the Adna Fulton Family Fund and Dutton Family Fund. With these generous funding partners, we have already secured a match of $100,000 in this community-wide effort. Check out the latest update here.

We, along with our partners, would like to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months, so that local nonprofit organizations can stay focused on their missions to serve our community where it’s needed most. The Community Foundation will administer a common grant application in the coming week on our website to support local organizations impacted by COVID-19. Organizations can apply for emergency grants to support increases to demands in services and/or grants to support general operating expenses because of COVID-19. We stand with our local nonprofits during this uncertain time and want to help our donors and community members take the action necessary to help them. Our grantees’ solvency and staff are more important than reports and deadlines, so we are open to providing variances to grant agreements and timelines.

We understand this may only be the beginning of these challenging times, but we, at the Community Foundation, are in it for the long haul. Washington County, we are in this together looking forward and giving back.