The Daviess County Community Foundation says that many organizations have already taken advantage of the Rapid Response Grant program launched last week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time grants to nonprofit organizations that, in many cases, have been financially strained by the outbreak.
"To date, 10 organizations have been awarded grants totaling $23,375," says Lauren Osmon, the Foundation's Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. "Those organizations include Daviess County Partnership, Tri-State Food Bank, Parkview Village Christian Care, RSVP of Daviess County, PowerHouse, Senior and Family Services, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley, Bread of Life Ministry, American Red Cross and Easterseals Rehabilitation Center."
According to Osmon, the grants have a simple application and quick turnaround time, including a 24-hour review, with grant dollars released directly to organizations within 4 days of approval. Funding is available to nonprofits for needs such as analyzing and planning for financial challenges resulting from COVID-19; adjusting to alternative work strategies resulting from social distancing; scaling up to meet increased demand for services as a result of COVID-19; overcoming lost income and sunk costs from fundraisers that have been cancelled; and/or purchasing services or supplies necessitated by COVID-19.