UWNCO Distributes First Wave of Community Relief Fund Grants

United Way of North Central Ohio has distributed the first wave of Community Relief Fund grants in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Crawford, Marion, and Wyandot counties.

For this first round of grants, UWNCO’s board of directors was able to approve applications for, and send funds to, each of the applicants thus far, although the full amount requested was not funded in every instance.

A total of $22,225 was distributed in the three counties served by United Way of North Central Ohio.

  • Funds distributed in Crawford County totaled $7,250 for 6 individual grants to programs that include emergency shelter services, food pantries and distribution services, and funds for PPE and emergency supplies for local health departments.
  • Funds distributed in Marion County totaled $9,000 for 4 grants to programs that include emergency shelter services, food pantries and food distribution, childcare service for essential workers, and funds for PPE and emergency supplies for the local county health department.
  • Funds distributed in Wyandot County totaled $6,000 for 3 grants to programs that include food pantries, virtual visits for seniors in nursing homes, and funds for PPE and emergency supplies for the county health department.

Applications for Community Relief Fund grants are available to any non-profit organizations in our tri-county area who are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences, and/or whose abilities to continue their missions are threatened by the pandemic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with no application deadline. Beginning May 1, applications will be evaluated every 60 days by our Ad Hoc Allocation Committee, with award decisions and funding to follow. Grant applications does not guarantee funding, and awards will be made only so long as there are funds in the United Way of North Central Ohio Community Relief Fund.

Because of uncertainty regarding the long-term effects of the pandemic on our community and our social services safety nets, we will allow applicants who have already received grant funds to reapply should there be a shift of programming focus in their relief response. See list of CRF grants awarded to date.

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