COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund


Nonprofits that provide basic needs such as food, access to healthcare, and financial stability support have an immediate increased need for flexible, unrestricted funding to meet heightened needs. The Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund provides flexible resources to Chester County nonprofits that are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

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We envision three funding priority levels:

(1) Front Line Grants fund community-based nonprofits that have increased demand for services due to COVID-19. These nonprofits have deep roots in community and a strong track-record serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Examples of the types of nonprofits in most need of Front Line Grant Support, as service numbers rise: community-based health clinics; food bank & food pantries; meal delivery programs; homelessness programs.

(2) Service-Challenged Grants fund nonprofits that are modifying their in-person service delivery modes extremely rapidly due to COVID-19, and need assistance to do so. These nonprofits likely need additional assistance to upgrade sanitation protocols and obtain cleaning supplies & service personnel.  This includes:  youth centers, recreation centers, child care, senior services, adult day care, community-based education programs.

(3) Collateral Damage Grants fund nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges.

General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to grants@chescocf.org.

To learn more about COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund Grants click here


Event Cancellation

We regret having to cancel 3/30/20 Sweet Charity. Ticket sales will be allocated to the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grantmaking Fund. Ticket purchasers are invited to serve on the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Allocation Panels (virtual and in-person meetings as conditions merit.)



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