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The Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund – a partnership between the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and United Way of Larimer County – raised over $1.27 million in response to the impacts of the pandemic, to support 65 nonprofits during 2020. The Community Foundation and United Way of Larimer County administered grants from the COVID-19 Fund, with the assistance of community volunteers who sat on the grant selection committee. Funds were distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout Larimer County through the initial six months of the crisis. The goal was to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.
Below are details outlining fund distribution in the community.
The final round of grant distributions from the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaborative fund with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, was announced on September 3, totaling $271,000 to 13 organizations that responded to requests for proposals. This brought total distributions from the Fund to $1,272,997 for COVID-19 response across northern Colorado. Thank you to the generous donors over the course of the pandemic to help make this Fund so supportive to our community in need.
“This partnership and process demonstrate the ability of this community to quickly unite and activate – as funders, as agencies, as donors – and respond to immediate crises as well as long-term recovery needs. Having previously been an agency recipient of these COVID-19 Fund dollars supporting rent assistance and technology access for some of the most significantly impacted residents of our community, I have seen firsthand the direct impact of the funds and the coordinated distribution effort.” - Deirdre Sullivan, CEO & President, United Way of Larimer County.
Learn more about the final round of the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund recipients:
A Little Help $20,000
Crossroads Ministry Estes $20,000
Foothills Rotary $40,000
Rotary Club of Loveland $4,000
Respite Care $15,000
Salud Family Health Centers $25,000
Thompson School District $20,000
The Warehouse $20,000
Be the Gift $20,000
Vindeket Foods $20,000
United Way of Larimer County $30,000
This fund will support both long-term COVID-19 recovery as well as support the community through other emergencies and disasters, such as the Cameron Peak Fire.
May 26, 2020
The third round of grant distributions was announced on May 26, totaling $466,875 in support of 31 projects addressing the needs of community members most affected by COVID-19. To date, the Fund has awarded over one million dollars to 55 agencies. Every grant is supporting nonprofits providing critical human services such as food security, rent and housing assistance, emergency assistance, and mental health.
Please continue reading to learn more about the third round of the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund recipients:
Alternatives to Violence $14,000
America’s Kid’s Belong $24,000
Catholic Charities $25,000
CASA of Larimer County $10,000
Crossroads Ministry of Estes $20,000
Crossroads Safehouse $14,000
Ensight Skills Center $5,000
The Family Center/La Familia $10,000
Finally Home $9,225
FoCo Café $25,000
Foster and Adoptive Families $3,500
Grand Family Coalition $8,000
Homeward Alliance $20,000
House of Neighborly Service $25,000
McKee Wellness Foundation $25,000
The Nappie Project $14,150
Neighbor to Neighbor $15,000
Outreach Fort Collins $10,000
Salud Family Health Center $11,000
Serve 6.8 $25,000
Warehouse Business Accelerator $25,000
Young Life Northern Colorado $4,800
Please click here to see the press release regarding the third round of grant distributions.
April 20, 2020
On April 20, the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund announced the second round of grant distributions totaling $334,497 to support 22 impactful projects. To date, the Fund has awarded over $530,000 through 37 separate grants. These groups are active across Larimer County, including Allenspark, Berthoud, Drake, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Glen Haven, Loveland, Wellington, Windsor, and unincorporated areas of the county. Every grant distributed went to a nonprofit seeking funding for critical needs that have emerged as a direct response to COVID-19.
Please continue reading to learn more about the second round of the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund recipients:
A Little Help: $25,000
Alternatives to Violence: $15,136
America’s Kids Belong: $8,000
CitiPointe Church NoCo: $10,000
Community DREAMer Fund: $11,000
Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS): $20,000
Estes Park Health Foundation: $25,000
Fort Collins Rescue Mission: $15,000
Homeward Alliance: $25,000
La Cocina: $10,000
Light of the Rockies: $10,000
Project Self-Sufficiency: $10,000
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY): $7,940
Salvation Army of Loveland: $9,600
Serve 6.8: $25,000
Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center (SAVA): $14,000
Sunrise Community Health: $12,500
YMCA of the Rockies: $15,000
March 31, 2020
On March 31, the first round of grant funding was distributed to 15 nonprofits within Larimer County. The Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund provided $200,125 in funds to organizations active across Larimer County, including Allenspark, Berthoud, Drake, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Glen Haven, Loveland, Wellington, and unincorporated areas of the county.
Due to the changing and unpredictable nature of this global pandemic, nonprofits are experiencing unprecedented strain on their programs and services. The grants distributed went to organizations to address critical community needs including food and housing insecurity, childcare for first responders, and check-ins for senior citizens.
Please continue reading to learn more about the first round of the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund recipients:
March 18, 2020
The COVID-19 coronavirus has stunned the world and is taking its toll on every individual and organization, including our community’s nonprofits. To help respond to this unprecedented challenge, United Way of Larimer County has partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to provide funding to local nonprofit organizations that work with people disproportionately affected by the consequences of COVID-19. Initially, recipients will include human service organizations that address food insecurity, especially for youth and older adults.
“This initiative reflects the core of why the Community Foundation exists,” said Ray Caraway, Community Foundation president. “We have the infrastructure, relationships, and experience to convene community resources and respond rapidly when action is needed.”
“This fund is designed to be nimble and will evolve to meet the greatest needs of the community as they unfold,” said Annie Davies, United Way of Larimer County chief executive officer. “We appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Community Foundation to connect generous businesses and individuals to a meaningful and local opportunity to help those affected by the pandemic.”
“The Food Bank of Larimer County is at the very front of this when it comes to food,” said Amy Pezzani, Food Bank of Larimer County CEO. “We serve over 1,000 families each day.”
“As a part of the emergency response plan, the Town of Estes Park is referring people who need assistance to Estes Park’s Crossroads Ministry,” said Brian Schaffer, the organization’s executive director. ”We will be delivering food boxes to those confined to their home as well as adding others to our Meals on Wheels list to receive a hot, nutritious meal."
The Community Foundation and United Way of Larimer County will administer grants from the COVID-19 Fund with the assistance of community volunteers who will sit on the grant selection committee. Donations can be made to either organization.
Grants will be distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout Larimer County through the course of the crisis. The goal is to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. COVID-19 Response Fund expects to disburse an initial round of grants by March 31, 2020. Neither United Way nor the Foundation will charge an administrative fee for this fund.
“We all have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us from contracting COVID-19,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement. “We are all in this together, and we all have people we love who are particularly vulnerable — our parents, our grandparents.”
To assist in this critical work and become part of our generous community donors, you may donate to the Fund through either the Community Foundation or United Way.
How to Donate:
The Community Foundation and United Way are both 501(c)(3) public charities so gifts to any of our funds provide donors with the maximum tax deductions allowed by law.
About the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public foundation working for the benefit of charitable causes and organizations in Northern Colorado. It manages almost 550 individual charitable funds and over $120 million in assets, and it serves a unique leadership role by bringing people and resources together around important local issues. Over 75 local nonprofit organizations have their endowments housed with the Community Foundation, and many individuals and businesses have established donor-advised funds.
About United Way of Larimer County:
United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) is a one-stop resource for generosity in our community, ensuring that gifts of time, talent, and treasure address today's greatest needs - and reduce tomorrow's. UWLC encourages nimble and innovative human services and strengthens our community by supporting youth & education, financial stability, community engagement, and nonprofit excellence in Larimer County.
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