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COVID-19 Response Fund announces first round of local grants
$3 million in gifts disbursed to nonprofits
Published Friday, March 27, 2020 8:11 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post


COVID-19 Response Fund distribution is underway.

Fourteen local nonprofits were given $3 million in grants 11 days after the initiative was launched by Foundation for the Carolinas and United Way of the Central Carolinas. Nearly $12 million has been raised as of March 27. The Response Fund Grants Committee directly issued awards to provide immediate relief for organizations meeting daily needs such as food, housing and emergency financial assistance. 

The committee responsible with fund distribution consists of 17 local leaders co-chaired by Tanya Blackmon of Novant Health and Edwin Peacock of Pomfret Financial. Additional members include: Charles Bowman (Bank of America); Jordan Boyd (Rockwell AME Zion Church); Heath Campbell (Truist Financial); Alexis Coleman, (Davidson United Methodist Church); Betsy Conway (Lowe’s); Dena Diorio (Mecklenburg County); Malcolm Graham (Charlotte City Council); Mark Jerrell (Mecklenburg County Commissioners); Cliff Matthews (St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church); Brian Middleton (Atrium; Health); Dee O’Dell (U.S. Bank); Jill Olmstead (LendingTree); Susan Patterson (community volunteer); Federico Rios (City of Charlotte); and Lisa Saunders (Christ Church Charlotte).

The grant recipients:

• Ada Jenkins Center – $70,000 to provide those North Mecklenburg residents with emergency financial aid.

• Camino Community Center – $75,000 to provide access to food and household necessities for families and the elderly.

• Charlotte Family Housing – $75,000 for rental subsidies for clients who have lost income due to COVID-19.

• Commonwealth Charlotte – $275,000 to provide interest-free loans and deferred payment schedules to those working in the hospitality industry.

• Communities in Schools – $75,000 to deliver food and hygiene kits to homeless children and families staying in hotels.

• Crisis Assistance Ministries – $600,000 to help those who have lost income and live in temporary housing, such as motels, remain there.

• Latin American Coalition – $100,000 to establish a bilingual hotline and electronic clearinghouse to support immigrants.

• Loaves & Fishes – $100,000 to create new delivery methods.
• The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte – $243,462 to alleviate numbers in shelters, provide clients who have lost income with rental subsides, as well as maintain staffing levels.

• Safe Alliance – $90,200 to reduce numbers in shelters, provide hotel rooms for high-risk domestic violence victims, as well as maintain staffing.

• Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte – $138,448 to reduce numbers in shelters, maintain staff, and provide rental subsidies for clients who have lost income due to the pandemic.

• Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – $500,000 to buy and provide food for those in need. • SocialServe – $500,000 to help families and seniors unable to pay rent due to the pandemic, as well as secure housing for homeless families.

• Supportive Housing Communities – $75,000 to increase mental health services for residents, issue stipends for residents who are volunteering, as well as assist residents with housing needs who have lost income.

“Thanks to the generosity of all who have given so far, we are able to get money to these organizations that are directly assisting individuals in dire need,” Foundation for the Carolinas President and CEO Michael Marsicano said in a statement. “However, this is just the beginning. We do not know what our demands will be in a week or a month, so it’s important we grow the COVID-19 Response Fund to be able to meet evolving challenges.”

A competitive round of grants for Mecklenburg County 501(c)3 nonprofits is open through April 3. To apply: uwcentralcarolinas.org/grants/COVID

In addition to competitive grants, the fund will continue to provide direct grants based on community need.

“We are approaching this from multiple angles, because the most important thing is that we act quickly and get the money flowing,” United Way of Central Carolinas President and CEO Laura Yates Clark said in a statement. “Nonprofits are being hit hard with requests to help, and this fund wants to be there to assist them in providing aid to those who need it the most.”

For more information: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/HELPCharMeck?utm_source=website&utm_medium=popup&utm_campaign=COVID19

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