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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund was established to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19, are experiencing financial challenges by doing so, and will be unable to support underserved communities without additional resources.

NONPROFITS


  Who is eligible for assistance?

 

Franklin County nonprofits are eligible to apply and receive support. For more detailed information on eligibility, please refer to the following guidelines: ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES.

 

  Apply

 

To apply, complete an online application. 

 

  Questions

 

If you have questions about applying for assistance through the Emergency Response Fund at The Columbus Foundation, see the FAQ below, or email or call 614/251-4000.

FAQs for Nonprofit Organizations

What is the Foundation going to fund?

The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund was established to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19, are experiencing financial challenges by doing so, and will be unable to support underserved communities without additional resources. Applications may be submitted that detail and document unexpected loss of revenue and/or unexpected increases in expenses directly related to the Coronavirus. 

When are applications due?

Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis. We anticipate accepting applications into the foreseeable future, as the impact to the community becomes better known. We understand the urgency amid the response to our community, and will be expeditious in our review and communication of a decision.

Is there an average grant award?
While there is no set amount of prescribed grant size, awards will be dependent on organizational need—both in terms of financial impact and impact towards mission. Since the Emergency Response Fund has been activated, the realized, average amount per award has been $42,000.
Will this Fund support projected lost revenue, increased expenses?

This is a fluid grants process, as is the situation. At this time, priority may be given to applicants that are able to demonstrate budgetary need, in actual terms. Requests for emergency funding addressing Coronavirus’ direct impact resulting in unexpected loss of revenue and/or unexpected increases in expenses should be specifically related to the organization’s mission, service delivery, and/or core functions.

Are artistic organizations eligible?

We will be prioritizing health and human services organizations and/or those nonprofits currently providing services to a local population or community that is under-resourced, marginalized, or disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. As such, we are not likely to award additional grants through the Emergency Response Fund to arts organizations receiving general operating support from The Columbus Foundation’s 2020 arts grantmaking. While there is not a prohibition on arts organizations applying, consideration will be given to whether the applying organization already is receiving timely and generous support from the Foundation at this challenging time.

What has been funded?

Click the link to see the current list of approved grants from the Emergency Response Fund. The Columbus Foundation will be updating the list periodically as grants are approved.

 

Approved grants

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