The Community Relief Fund
The Community Relief Fund was established in October 2019 in case of a possible future threat to our community. In March 2020, when the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our region became clear, foundation staff and board mobilized to activate the Community Relief Fund, secure funding assess community needs and distribute rapid response grants to area nonprofits.
Our goal is to work collaboratively with the nonprofit, government, philanthropic and private sectors to accelerate recovery for a thriving, resilient and even stronger Rappahannock River Region. We support organizations that are addressing immediate needs, longer term effects of the pandemic, and community recovery.
The Community Foundation seeded the fund with $50,000 from our board-directed, unrestricted Community Fund. An anonymous donor contributed another $5,000. As of June 30, 2020 a total of $566,614 had been donated to local nonprofits through this fund!
Grant distribution plans – application forms and processes, timeline and grant eligibility criteria – were rapidly developed in response to community needs and the experience of the nonprofit community. The Community Foundation's commitment now and moving forward is to support our community as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The Community Relief Fund concluded its 12th and final round of rapid-response Immediate Relief grants to area nonprofits in June 2020. Our local nonprofits continue to demonstrate incredible resilience, ingenuity and tenacity and its an honor to play a part in implementing local solutions.
The Community Foundation understands that the effects of the pandemic are far-reaching; that recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. The Community Relief Fund next steps include consulting with our nonprofit partners about the evolving needs in our community and identifying the most efficient and effective for continued support.
The Community Foundation urges everyone to include regional nonprofits in your crisis response giving by making a donation to the Community Relief Fund or by giving to them directly. Click here to donate now.
The Community Foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of the Rappahannock River region. Our mission is to build a flourishing philanthropic community.