Supporting Those Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus and its Economic ConsequencesThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia.
The Fund will attract and provide flexible funding resources for nonprofit organizations and other programs in our region responding to COVID-19 and its impacts. The Fund’s focus will be to help communities who are disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials, as COVID-19 is a public health issue, and as such, funding decisions will be made in consultation with them across our entire service area in Northern Virginia.
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About the FundBlock operating grants will be awarded to local nonprofits with deep roots in our community and strong experience working with our most vulnerable neighbors, such as:
- The elderly and other high-risk populations who are experiencing a COVID-19 impact, whether they are living at home or in group settings
- Low income families experiencing short term financial crises related to COVID-19
- Residents who are food insecure
- Residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured
- Residents who lack access to sick days
- Residents with limited English language proficiency
- Neighbors who are self-quarantined without sufficient support from their families and friends
- Healthcare and gig economy workers, and
- Immigrants and communities of color
Frequently Asked Questions
Based on frequent conversations we are holding with our local service providing community, the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting Northern Virginia nonprofits in many ways. They are not only seeing an increased demand for their services. They are simultaneously managing internal concerns over the health and wellbeing of their own employees, lost revenue due to closures and event cancelations, as well as other challenges.
My organization is interested in obtaining help from this Fund. How may we be considered?
Our Community Foundation board and staff will continuously work in concert with local public health officials to ensure that grants from the Fund meet the greatest needs in local communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. To move these particular resources quickly, therefore, we will not conduct a formal application process at this time. If our thinking on this evolves, we will subsequently advertise the manner and means by which nonprofits may, from that point forward, apply for support.
I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?We are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia was created to provide the most flexible funding possible, as quickly as possible, to the nonprofits in our region on the front line of response.
Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?No you should not. This Fund is not the only vehicle for getting needed resources into our community. It was created to coordinate community-based giving with input from public health officials as COVID-19 is a public health issue. This is a unique, critical time. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support that are responding to COVID-19 in our region, remembering that now is a time to double down on our community.
I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?Clearly, individuals and families are affected by the outbreak. The Fund is not designed to directly support individuals. Rather, the Fund will support community-based nonprofits that, in turn, directly support individuals and families that are most affected by COVID-19 and its impacts in Northern Virginia.
As a 501(c)(3) public charity, we are bound to follow the rules and guidelines contained in IRS Tax Code and US Treasury Regulations. As such, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, groups fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3) nonprofits, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith based organizations, and other public entities. Under these laws and rules, we are not able to directly fund individuals, businesses, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), (5), or (6) organizations.
Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?The COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia will support organizations within the Community Foundation's service area, or those serving our residents in our service area, which includes the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park.
When will you share who you fund?As we award grants to local nonprofits from the Fund, we will post them here, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing.
Resources: Our Community Responds to COVID-19Here is a list of resources and information on the local response to COVID-19.
Our Community Foundation will continuously update this page as more information becomes available.
Northern Virginia Regional Commission: NOVA Region Dashboard Coronavirus Mapping and Data Resources
The Philanthropic Response:
- The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia: COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia
- Greater Washington Community Foundation: COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund
- ACT For Alexandria: ACT Now COVID 19 Response Fund
- Arlington Community Foundation: Prompt Response Fund
- Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties: Community Emergency Relief Fund
- Inova Health Foundation
- The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools
- PenFed Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program
- Dominion Energy Foundation Grants
- Community Foundations Nationwide Respond to COVID-19
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- Resources for Nonprofits:
- Resources for Arts Organizations: ARTSFAIRFAX
The Business Response:
- Amazon has donated $1 million total to kick-start collaborative emergency COVID-19 response funds that will immediately benefit four local community foundations across the Greater Washington region who are working to support vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read more about how Amazon is supporting customers, their employees, and communities.
- Arlington/Alexandria Regional Workforce Council: The Arlington/Alexandria Emergency Layoff Aversion Assistance Program awarded 11 grants to local small businesses or nonprofits that required financial assistance in order to retain their workforce during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Asian American Chamber of Commerce
- CareFirst BlueCross Blueshield pledged $2 million to community organizations for coronavirus response and relief.
- Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
- Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
- Northern Virginia Technology Council
- Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Visit Alexandria: ALX At Home
- Visit Del Ray
The Schools' Response:
- Virginia Department of Education
- Alexandria City Public Schools
- Arlington County Public Schools
- City of Fairfax Public Schools
- Fairfax County Public Schools
- City of Falls Church Public Schools
- Loudoun County Public Schools
- City of Manassas Public Schools
- City of Manassas Park Public Schools
- Prince William County Public Schools
- Johns Hopkins University
- Marymount University
- Northern Virginia Community College
- George Mason University
- School of Business: Free Webinars
The Government Response:
- Webinar from Congressman Beyer about the CARES Stimulus Package - Resources for Small Businesses and Nonproifts
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Virginia Department of Health
- Northern Virginia Coronavirus Resources (NVRC)
- City of Alexandria
- Arlington County
- City of Fairfax
- Fairfax County
- City of Falls Church
- Loudoun County
- City of Manassas
- City of Manassas Park
- Prince William County
Atholton Donor Advised Gift Fund
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Booz Allen Hamilton
The Brown Family
Caimi-Markis Family Fund
Carlos A Castro
Christine and David Etue Charitable Fund
Delman Family Charitable Fund
Barry and Beverlee Drucker
Brian Jacoby and Betsy Davison
The Jakel Fund
Jean and Bruce Wyman Short-Term Advised Fund
Kathleen Haley Hannan Memorial Fund
Kipps Family Charitable Fund
Mangum Family Fund
Micron Technology, Inc.
Mustafa Family Charitable Fund
Northern Passages Fund
Philip L. Graham Fund
Potomac Health Foundation
Prasad Family Foundation Fund
Sarah Hessler LLC
Randy Jones Toll
Eric and Sylvia von Bostel
William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship Fund
L & K Zachariah
Mauri Ziff and Jeff Hamond
March 20, 2020: Round One GranteesNorthern Virginia Family Services - $25,000
Loudoun Hunger Relief - $20,000
ACTS of Prince William County - $20,000
Food for Others - $20,000
Cornerstones - $15,000