A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners has joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in the Greater Capital Region of New York.
ABOUT THE CAPITAL REGION COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND
Co-led by United Way of the Greater Capital Region and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to provide flexible resources to 501c3 organizations working with local communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
One-time operating grants will help fund frontline human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with vulnerable populations. The first phase of rapid-response grants will help meet basic needs and help increase resiliency in affected communities. The Fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few weeks. Funding will be provided to organizations located and operating in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. The committee will also consider supporting nonprofits operating in the surrounding counties of Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington
The Community Foundation will administer grants from the Fund in partnership with United Way of the Greater Capital Region 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.
- General questions & inquiries about the COVID-19 Response Fund can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are a nonprofit interested in support from the fund, please complete this online form.
- For interested corporate donors and partners, please contact Peter Gannon at email@example.com.
- For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Cassandra Madsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are a current fund advisor and would like to recommend a grant from your fund, please contact Shelly Connolly at email@example.com.
- Donations can be made online by clicking here or text COVID19 to 41444.
- If you would like to make a donation by check, please mail to: the Community Foundation, 2 Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203.
Thank you to our partners who have come together to support our community through the COVID-19 Response Fund.
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March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Update from United Way of the Greater Capital Region
I’m looking for information and resources right now. Where can I go?
Click here to learn more about the resources available to get help and give help through United Way of the Greater Capital Region. The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region 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.
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. As we begin to award grants, we will post them here. If you are looking for resources now, please consider United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s 211 and your local county department of social services.
My organization is interested in applying for grant resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and our partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the critical needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Funding will be provided to organizations located and operating in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. The committee will also consider supporting nonprofits operating in the surrounding counties of Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may complete this online form to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses.
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 Capital Region Community COVID-19 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 regional response. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past. Many organizations that had to cancel their 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.
What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?
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, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who 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. We recognize these challenges, and 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.
Based upon the charitable structure of the Capital Region Community COVID-19 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, such as 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.
Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the Greater Capital Region. Funding will be provided to organizations located and operating in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. The committee will also consider supporting nonprofits operating in the surrounding counties of Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. We are doing this with a recognition that many local nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. We are being flexible with our funds to support needs throughout the multiple county region.
When will you share who you fund?
The first round of grants was deployed on March 31, 2020. Grants will be deployed on a rolling basis to address both the acute community needs from the outbreak and the longer-term impacts of recovery. See the full list of first-round grant recipients at this link and check back for updates on subsequent grant recipients.
United Way & 211 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & ReSources
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, use the search bar at 211neny.org or call 211 to speak to someone who can help.
The COVID-19 situation in the United States is evolving rapidly as more becomes known about the virus, how it is spread, and how it effects people. For the most accurate and timely information, visit the CDC’s website or monitor CDC social media channels. This page is being kept up-to-date as regularly as possible with answers to the most common questions 211s receive.
If you are looking for guidance about how to respond as a school administrator, non-profit or faith-based organization staff member, business owner, or event planner, the CDC has provided detailed information for different sectors here.