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Centre Foundation to Provide Second Round of COVID-19 Response Funds to Local Nonprofits

by on August 31, 2020 4:29 PM

Centre Foundation has opened phase two of its COVID-19 ACTION Fund to assist local nonprofits facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund was established in April with $375,000 from the Centre Foundation Community Impact Fund and $250,000 from the Knight Foundation's donor-advised fund. During the first round of funding in June, the foundation awarded $100,000 to 14 local nonprofit organizations that are addressing immediate health and human services needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants in the second round will provide funding for any operational or program needs of nonprofits that have been disrupted by the pandemic. Applications — which are open to any nonprofit serving Centre County residents and are not limited to health or human services organizations this time — can be submitted until Sept. 11. Grants will be awarded in October.

Applications are available here.

Phase three funding of $125,000 will be made available later this year and will provide nonprofits with "support for strategic planning as they face the rapidly changing needs in the community as a result of COVID-19," according to Centre Foundation

Since the onset of the pandemic and related restrictions, nonprofits have seen an increased need for services as well as being unable to hold many of the fundraising events that are often critical to their operations.

“We are pleased to open our second round of funding to support local organizations’ operational and programmatic needs resulting from the ongoing economic uncertainty surrounding the pandemic,” Molly Kunkel, executive director of Centre Foundation, said in a statement. “We are acutely aware of how the pandemic has created financial uncertainties for valued programs and organizations in our area. We encourage those who are struggling to provide services but who have lost income due to canceled fundraisers or program revenue to apply for these funds.”

Among the organizations awarded phase one funding in June was the Howard Volunteer Fire Company, which received receive $5,000 for its quick response EMS service, a non-transport EMS service that provides patient stabilization in rural areas before an ambulance can arrive.

The award came just before the fire company announced the cancelation of the Punkin Chunkin Fall Festival fundraiser, which typically provides 25% of its yearly budget.

“We greatly appreciate the Centre Foundation’s efforts to help out locally during this crisis, as well as with the annual Centre Gives campaign," said Mark Ott, president of Howard Volunteer Fire Company. "The impact of these programs are invaluable as we struggle to keep our doors open and respond to emergencies.”

Some of the other organizations that received phase-one funding included the AIDS Resource Alliance, which was awarded $2,600 to address food insecurity resulting from financial hardship due to the pandemic. The grant allowed the home delivery of 396 meals to their clients during the height of the pandemic.

Discovery Space received $5,000 in June to continue producing personal protective equipment at its makerspace, The Rivet, which has manufactured has to date manufactured 1,150 hard plastic face shields for donation to other local nonprofit organizations and for use at polling places throughout the county.



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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