Frequently Asked Questions
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. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati are working 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, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you. If you are looking for resources now, please consider 211 and your local human services agency.
My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with our funding partners, government agencies and individuals directly impacted to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org send us information about your organization’s needs or visit www.gcfdn.org and follow the “Request Funding” button to complete a brief application. Due to the volume and scope of need we regret we may not be able to respond to everyone.
What will my donation support?
The first wave of emergency response funding will support organizations providing resources directly to the most vulnerable members of our community as well as those at the front lines of combating the virus in the following areas:
- Food insecurity
- Housing and shelter
- Medical response
- Childcare & Elder care
As the fund grows, we plan to provide direct funds to support the emerging Need to stabilize critical services and/or support community organizations in the short term, and offer solutions for longer-term recovery efforts. Resources will remain fluid as community needs and challenges evolve; we will constantly be in touch with the nonprofit community, government agencies and individuals that are directly impacted.
Can I designate my donation to a specific organization?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.
Will all of my money donated go to the community?
All donations will be distributed to address the most pressing needs in the Greater Cincinnati Region, which includes the following counties: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Brown counties in Ohio; Kenton, Campbell, Boone, and Grant counties in Kentucky; Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana.
What organizations will receive funds?
Leveraging trusted partnerships, the Fund will provide support for local nonprofit organizations, both large and community-based, addressing issues of:
- Childcare & Eldercare
- Food insecurity
- Housing and shelter
- Medical response
In addition to providing critical financial support, the Fund creates coordination among regional leaders and funders to assess and locate the greatest needs, then orchestrates a most effective allocation of support. Resources will remain fluid as community needs and challenges evolve.
Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather it is working to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where it’s needed most. If the COVID-19 Response Fund priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation. However, 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 as we gain greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the outbreak.
What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address the both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing non profit organizations that are providing basic needs and safety of families and communities most impacted by COVID-19 (such as: food insecurity, housing/ shelter, childcare/ eldercare, and supports for medical workers).
In this first phase, 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 the funders, nonprofits, government agencies, and those directly impacted to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
Covid-19 Regional Response Funds grants will be distributed to organizations providing services in the Greater Cincinnati Region, which includes the following counties: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Brown counties in Ohio; Kenton, Campbell, Boone, and Grant counties in Kentucky; Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana.
When will you share who you fund?
We anticipate making a first round of investments in the coming weeks, and will publish the list of selected grantees on the Greater Cincinnati Foundation website. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources.
How will the Fund shift gears if needed?
The Covid-19 Regional Response Fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.
Where are the most current updates about the COVID-19 in our region?
We recommend accessing current updates about COVID-19 from your state’s health department:
Ohio Department of Health or 1-833-427-5634
Kentucky Department of Public Health
Indiana State Department of Health