Final Wave of COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund Open for Applications
Applications are being accepted now through Sunday, October 18th at midnight for the final round of funding from the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. To apply, applications must visit https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/68778-Community-Foundation-Of-Washington-County-Md-Inc
If you applied for COVID funding previously, you will have to apply again through this link, completing a new application. Editing of previously-filed applications will not be permitted.
The Washington County COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, a campaign organized by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County, Maryland, got a kick start in March 2020 when The Community Foundation secured $100,000 in matching grants in less than two days. Matching donors include: Adna Fulton Family Fund. Pauline Anderson Foundation, William Dutton Family Fund, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, God’s Grace Fund, Community Foundation of Washington County, MD., 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, and Todd and Sue Baer.
Through generous support, United Way of Washington County partnered to wave all administrative and processing fees, ensuring that 100% of donations made through their website, by check or by phone, were distributed appropriately throughout the community.
“We recognize that the battle for critical funding in light of this pandemic is far from over. As organizations struggle to rebuild, many are still facing new challenges. There’s no question that these remaining emergency assistance funds will go to good use right here, within our community,” says Community Foundation President & CEO Stacey Crawford.
“United Way continues to receive calls daily from both agencies and residents asking for assistance. Now, more than ever, we must remain responsive and vigilant while so many in our community continue to struggle. It is our collective goal that the funding we will soon be releasing will fulfill some of those most essential, basic needs,” says Heather Guessford, United Way President & CEO.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does our community’s need for essential services and basic needs, as well as recovery support. To date, approximately $225,000 has been awarded to 37 different nonprofit and agencies and essential service providers. The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund may also be deployed to strengthen our community’s ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of health and other emergencies, as well as to support programs and initiatives that are focused on fighting for the health, education, basic needs and financial stability of our community. Donations which were made to the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will support efforts to provide relief to people impacted by coronavirus and its effect on our community.