The Coronavirus Response Fund

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The Coronavirus Response Fund, hosted by Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley (CFCV) in partnership with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley (UWCV), is providing flexible resources to organizations in the Columbus area that are working with our most vulnerable citizens: members of communities who are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak. We are working closely with government, business partners and other philanthropic resources to help the Response Fund rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of our area’s Coronavirus pandemic.

Charitable grants help fund organizations and programs that have deep roots in our community and strong experience working in areas such as access to food, healthcare, financial help for individuals, housing/shelter, childcare and youth services, and other basic needs. The Fund is designed to complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, and government entities, and to expand local capacity to support individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak and related closures and disruptions.

Our first phase of these rapid-response grants is increasing resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by loss of work or reduced wages, school and business closures, and the increased demand for healthcare information and support among our most vulnerable community members. We have also used funds to minimize the number of people who are exposed to Covid-19 and to raise the level of critical care available to people hospitalized with the disease.

CFCV makes grants from the Response Fund in partnership with UWCV and in close collaboration with community partners and local governments. Together, we proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential partnerships and recommend final awards as quickly as possible. Funds are released on a weekly basis, allowing us to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

Both CFCV and UWCV are waiving the administrative fees that would normally be associated with this Fund. Banking fees, including credit card transactions for contributions to the Fund, will apply.

How to Donate

Donate online: https://cfcv.givingfuel.com/coronavirus

Donate by text: Text the amount of your donation in numbers (10, 50, 100, etc.) to 706-523-GIVE (4483).

Donate by check: Make checks payable to Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley and indicate that your gift should be directed to the Coronavirus Response Fund. Mail checks to: Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Attn: Coronavirus Response Fund, 1340 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901

CFCV can facilitate other types of donations, including donations from Donor Advised Funds and stock transfers. For questions about making a charitable donation, please contact JJ Musgrove at jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

If your business or company would like to join the coalition and provide a corporate gift, please email JJ Musgrove at jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

CFCV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity and all donations to the Fund are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Grants Awarded & Other News

Coronavirus Response Fund Grants Now Total $1,358,710

April 26, 2021

This week the Coronavirus Response Fund is announcing additional grants totaling $18,800 bringing the total awarded since the Covid-19 pandemic began to $1,358,710 Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.‬‬‬‬‬
 
The funds have been awarded to the organizations below and are listed in order by date.
 
The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac’s $100,000 match offer continues, matching donations to the Coronavirus Response Fund dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000 per gift. 
 
Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here
 
The Fund will continue to make grants on an as-needed basis.

Date

Organization

Grant Purpose

 4/23/21 Take the City, Inc. To support Project Lifehouse: monthly food distribution East Highland April - June 
4/23/21  Feeding the Valley, Inc. To help address food insecurity for children during the spring break (gap) in area schools' student nutrition program.
4/9/21 Hope Harbour, Inc. To assist victims of domestic violence with rent and utility payments.
4/2/21  Beth Salem Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) To support food distribution once monthly between April 1 - June 15

3/17/21

St. Anne Community Outreach

To assist families who have fallen behind on utility payments that were previously deferred.

3/17/21

UGROW, Inc. dba The Food Mill

To distribute healthy prepared meals and produce boxes to food insecure children and their families in the North Highland area.

3/17/21

Keep the Faith

To purchase supplies that facilitate disease prevention for inclusion in kits for distribution.

3/2/21

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry

To support rent/mortgage and utility assistance for their clients

3/2/21

Columbus Convention and Trade Center

To cover their real expenses (beyond their generous in-kind donation) to support a PPE distribution to CRF grantee organizations made possible by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and other organizations.

3/2/21

Columbus Alliance for Battered Women, Inc. d/b/a Hope Harbour

To assist victims of domestic violence with rent and utility payments

2/16/21

Columbus State University Foundation

To provide food, toiletry and hygiene items for students requesting assistance through the CSU Food Pantry.

2/16/21

The Community Warriors

Support for PPE purchases to protect their payments

2/16/21

The Salvation Army

Support for the cost of their January Virtual Learning Camp

2/3/21

Hope Springs Community Church

To support a weekly drive-thru food service to families in need

2/3/21

Cathedral of Prayer Inc. dba Gwendolyn Wilkes Rainbow Center

To purchase food to distribute during February and March

2/3/21

St. Anne Community Outreach

To assist families with utility service payments

2/3/21

Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley

To support the social and emotional development needs of members during the pandemic by providing staff training and a resiliency curriculum

2/3/21

Columbus Alliance for Battered Women, Inc. d/b/a

To assist victims of domestic abuse with safe hotel stays and with rent and utility payments

12/16/20

Power Through Christ Ministries, PTCME

To provide gas cards to assist qualified clients with transportation to essential appointments

12/16/20

Safehouse Ministries

To provide operation support for their Covid-19 isolation unit

12/9/20

Beth Salem Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) - 2 Fish 5 Loaves Food Pantry

To purchase food for distribution

12/9/20

Village Table

To provide boxes of nonperishable and perishable food for families in Phenix City/Russell County

12/9/20

St. James O.U.T.R.E.A.C.H, Inc.

To purchase food for distribution

11/11/20

Easterseals West Georgia, Inc.

To reimburse a portion of PPE cost

11/11/20

Power Through Christ Ministries

To support the purchase of gas cards to assist families with transportation needs such as job placements/interviews, medical appointments and pharmacy pickups.

11/11/20

Take the City

To provide monthly food distribution to economically vulnerable families in the East Highland neighborhood, in partnership with The Verge Church

11/4/20

MercyMed of Columbus

To reimburse a portion of Covid-19 response expenses including uncompensated lab fees for uninsured Covid-19 tests, PPE for staff protection, X-ray equipment rental, and Covid related modifications to the clinic.

11/4/20

EasterSeals West Georgia

To upgrade wireless capacity and install webcams for virtual learning support and staff connectivity with families, caregivers, and clients

10/14/20

Safehouse Ministries

To support October operating expenses for the Community Covid-19 Isolation Unit

10/14/20

St. Anne Community Outreach

To help address the increased need of food for families

10/14/20

Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services

To provide two outdoor picnic tables, PPE and cleaning supplies for the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home to enable residents to resume in-person visits with family members. Also, to support Children's Treehouse with PPE and cleaning supplies.

9/30/20

Columbus Alliance for Battered Women, Inc. d/b/a Hope Harbour

To provide support for clients, including housing, utility assistance, food, and cleaning expenses

9/23/20

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

211 Program: to enable a targeted media campaign to increase awareness of and access to essential community services

 

9/16/20

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry

Provide financial assistance to individuals (rent, utilities, and other essential services).

9/9/20

Keep the Faith, Inc.

To prepare and distribute kits to minimize Covid-19 exposure. The kits contain hand sanitizer, hand soap, facial tissues, masks, Tylenol, Advil, cough drops and alcohol prep pads. This agency is partnering with churches and nursing homes to reach the greatest number of people in need with least amount of risk exposure.

9/2/20

The Pastoral Institute

To support the mental wellness of Muscogee County School District students, parents and educators during the 2020-21 school year via live monthly "Wellness Sessions" with licensed clinical staff for educators and district staff; and via two tracks of eight-age appropriate videos covering COVID-related mental health topics for students and parents.

8/19/20

The Salvation Army of Columbus

To provide support for their virtual learning day camp for schoolchildren from August 17 - September 9

8/19/20

Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

A special grant from a private foundation to support the administrative cost of hosting the Coronavirus Community Call

8/12/20

American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia

To help temporarily house those affected by home fires, and to support Covid-19 antibody testing in the effort to establish a clearinghouse for prospective convalescent plasma donors

7/29/20

Feeding the Valley, Inc.

Help address food insecurity for children during the gap in school district feeding programs.

7/29/20

Hopewell United Methodist Church (Pine Mountain) - Pocket Change Ministry

Address food insecurity by providing food boxes with staples (produce, meat, household products) through drive-up distribution on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

7/29/20

Truth Spring, Inc.

To support educational needs of at-risk children by providing on-site childcare for any staff member who has a child enrolled at Truth Spring Academy or at another school in the area that is solely virtual.

7/22/20

Home for Good - a program of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

To increase the capacity of the HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) to facilitate rapid rehousing and regional CARES funding

7/15/20

Tears (Teens Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions, Inc.)

PPE to protect clients and staff for counseling services

7/8/20

Operation Homefront, Inc.

Critical Financial Assistance Program: To provide financial assistance (mortgage, rent, utilities, overdue bills, groceries, home repairs, etc.) to military families in the Columbus, GA area.

6/24/20

Beth Salem Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) - 2 Fish 5 Loaves Pantry

To provide groceries for underserved and low-income members of the community

6/24/20

Girls, Inc. of Columbus & Phenix-Russell

To support additional partial scholarships for summer camp and increased health and safety expenses

6/24/20

The House of T.I.M.E.

To support housing costs for clients

6/24/20

Sexual Assault Support Center (The Center at 909)

To increase client access to telehealth services

6/17/20

Girls, Inc. of Columbus & Phenix-Russell

To support additional partial scholarships for summer camp and increased health and safety expenses

6/17/20

The House of T.I.M.E.

To support program participants via housing, cleaning supplies and bus passes

6/17/20

The Salvation Army Columbus

To provide rent and utility assistance for clients

6/10/20

Cathedral of Prayer, Inc. (Gwendolyn Wilkes Rainbow Center)

To purchase food to meet increased need of vulnerable populations.

6/10/20

New Horizons Behavioral Health

To expand their telehealth system and services to broaden geographic coverage and increase access to currently underserved.

6/10/20

Sexual Assault Support Center, Inc. (The Center at 909)

To purchase supplies to sanitize the office space for the safety of clients, volunteers, and staff.

6/3/20

Columbus Hospice

To purchase PPE, disinfecting supplies and other safety supplies for patients, staff and visitors through August

6/3/20

Easterseals West Georgia

To provide PPE supplies and equipment, and tuition assistance for families experiencing hardships

6/3/20

MercyMed of Columbus

Support for eight weeks of COVID testing sites in partnership with other healthcare organizations and churches

6/3/20

Safehouse Ministries

To support the increased cost of food as well as the increased utility expense and cost of staff supervision for the isolation unit

6/3/20

Water purchase for summer camps

To support the cost of bottled water throughout the summer at summer camps at Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls, Inc., ESP/Head Start, Salvation Army and YMCA, in partnership with Publix and other religious organizations

5/27/20

New Horizons Behavioral Health

To provide PPE for clients, staff and their homeless task force

5/27/20

St. Nicholas Church

To purchase food for the BackSnacks Food Program

5/27/20

Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc.

To provide PPE, cleaning supplies, and laptops for therapeutic services in their Columbus-area programs

5/20/20

Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley

To support PPE purchases and partial scholarships for their Summer Camp program

5/20/20

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry

To provide financial assistance to individuals (rent, utilities, transportation)

5/20/20

Feeding the Valley, Inc.

To provide food for children in Muscogee and Russell counties during the gap between school year-end and summer programs

5/20/20

FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians United in Service)

To purchase food and provide utility assistance for clients

5/20/20

Girls Inc. of Columbus & Phenix-Russell

To provide partial scholarships for their Summer camp program

5/13/20

Columbus State University's Food Pantry

Food purchase support for the CSU Food pantry, providing weekly curbside food pickup for students

5/13/20

The Family Center

Support to enable Telehealth platforms for the counselors in their Family Counseling Program

5/13/20

The Village Table

Food purchases for distribution to families in Phenix City/Russell County

5/6/20

Feeding the Valley

Food purchases to meet increased need due to the current crisis

5/6/20

Homeless Resource Network

Support for rent and utility assistance for Rapid Rehousing Program clients

5/6/20

The House of T.I.M.E., Inc.

Support for increased therapy and other operating costs for residents

5/6/20

Home for Good at United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

Emergency shelter operations costs in partnership with Safehouse

5/6/20

The Lee-Russell Aging Foundation

Support for rent and utility assistance for seniors in Russell County

5/6/20

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth

Support for increased expenses for food, cleaning supplies and safety equipment at Columbus-area campuses

5/6/20

St. Anne Community Outreach

Utility assistance relief for individuals & food for "drive-up" grocery service

4/29/20

American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia

Support for the increased cost of sheltering house fire victims in hotels

4/29/20

Bethany Christian Services

Financial Assistance for foster care families

4/29/20

Hope Harbour

Support for the increased costs of providing food, cleaning supplies and additional shelter for families that are victims of domestic violence

4/29/20

Stewart Community Home

Support for the increased cost of food and cleaning supplies

4/22/20

Beth Salem Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) - 2 Fish 5 Loaves Food Pantry

Groceries for underserved and low-income members of the community

4/22/20

Columbus Dream Center

Food for families in the North Highland area

4/22/20

Piedmont Columbus Regional Foundation

Support for the Covid-19 floor renovation effort at Piedmont Columbus Regional

4/22/20

YMCA

Childcare for medical professionals and staff who work at Piedmont Columbus Regional

4/15/20

Columbus Hospice of Georgia and Alabama

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff members, patients, and family members of patients to prevent the spread of Covid-19

4/15/20

Giving Kitchen

Emergency assistance funds for housing expenses for food service workers in the Columbus area.

4/15/20

The Life Church of Columbus

Groceries and hot meals for community members

4/15/20

MercyMed of Columbus

Covid-19 testing expenses and treatment support for those who test positive

4/8/20

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley

Daily afternoon snacks/meals to students

4/8/20

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry

Financial assistance to individuals (rent, utilities, transportation)

4/8/20

Feeding the Valley Food Bank

Mobile food boxes for families and Buddy Packs to MCSD students during spring break

4/8/20

Home for Good at United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

Emergency shelter operations in partnership with SafeHouse

4/8/20

Open Door Community House

Food for people/families who are food insecure

4/8/20

SafeHouse Ministries

Food for client meals and establishment of quarantine space for client safety

4/8/20

Salvation Army

Food for boxes & evening meals, as well as financial assistance for individuals

4/8/20

St. Anne Community Outreach

Utility assistance relief for individuals & food for “drive-up” grocery service

4/8/20

Take the City

Food boxes for individuals

4/8/20

Truth Spring

Family food boxes with a week’s worth of food

4/8/20

West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition

Utilities, housing and transportation assistance for cancer patients

 

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Organizations Seeking Grants from the Response Fund

To deploy resources rapidly, we will not be accepting requests for funding or posting a grant application. We will instead work together with community advisors and funders to identify organizations currently providing types of support to area residents that are aligned with the priorities of the Response Fund to expand available resources and relief. Priorities in the first phase of funding will include: food, childcare, transportation, and healthcare or prescription assistance.

 

To let us know more about the work you are doing and your needs, please complete this form.

For questions regarding the Coronavirus Response Fund, and how grant funds will be deployed, please email impactCRF@gmail.com. This email will be monitored by:

Kelli Parker
Director, Grants & Community Partnerships
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

Jennifer St. John
VP, Community Initiatives
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

Impact Assessment Tool for All Nonprofits

As all of us work together to vanquish COVID-19, we at the Community Foundation and United Way are fielding a lot of questions. Both donors in our community, many of whom give through our organizations, and nonprofits with whom we partner as funders are assessing their situations and looking for ways to serve most effectively.

We are providing this assessment tool so that nonprofit organizations in the Chattahoochee Valley can tell their stories. Hopefully these stories will offer supporters an objective way to assess the developing impact of COVID-19, the ways our nonprofit community is responding, and opportunity for investment in both the short & long term.

Here’s what you need to know:

  •  Any 501(c)(3) organization doing business in the Chattahoochee Valley is eligible to complete the survey.
  • Organizations (preferably executive directors) can complete a survey at any time. Logging in from the same computer and browser they used to initially complete the survey, they can update their information as situations develop. Be sure to update the date on your survey as you adjust your answers.
  • If you’d prefer to skip a specific question, you may do so.
  • Survey results will be posted every Monday, capturing the most recent data available.
  • It is very important to note that every organization’s information will be listed publicly. Any question can be left blank if the organization doesn’t want it to be public information.
  • Results will be posted in Excel, sorted alphabetically by Organization Name. They can be downloaded and resorted by the Organization’s City and/or Organization Type.
  • We also offer a version of the results in a downloadable PDF document, one page per Organization, sorted alphabetically. We’re improving the tool and our reporting mechanisms continually; offer suggestions to JJ Musgrove, CFCV director of donor services, at jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

Take the Survey

Request the Impact Assessment Survey Results

Media Inquiries

Betsy Covington
President and CEO
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
bcovington@cfcv.com

Ben Moser
President and CEO
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley
bmoser@unitedwayofthecv.org

ValleyHelp.org, an Additional Resource for Information

ValleyHelp.org (#ValleyHelp) is a resource for information and connectivity for our area during the Covid-19 pandemic. #ValleyHelp is a simple, organized, and concise clearinghouse of critical and relevant information for citizens, nonprofits, and small businesses in the region. It is meant to be a beginning, and not an end; an intersection, not a destination. The information consolidated here is 100% community driven and community led.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m an individual who’s been affected by Coronavirus. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have already been affected by the outbreak and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, CFCV is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting 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 the experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. We will work to update you on the organizations that have received grant funding. If you are looking for resources now, please contact 211 for information about direct assistance organizations.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the coronavirus outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with UWCV, local governments and community partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus. To move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may email complete this form to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.

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 needs of communities most impacted, we are not able to restrict donations at this time. The Coronavirus Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible across our service area. If an organization you normally support is involved in this work and you would like to continue that support, we encourage you to donate to them directly (see the next question).

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. 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 now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Our immediate focus areas include access to food; access to health care and prescription medications; access to transportation, and access to child care.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Coronavirus Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We will do our best to use philanthropic resources to address needs that are outside of governmental responsibility, but we also appreciate that philanthropy can often act nimbly in a way that government cannot.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

The Coronavirus Response Fund will prioritize grants to community-based organizations within the Columbus, GA, area. We are doing this with a recognition that many nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.

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