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Supporting Our Community During Times of Need

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established in March 2020 to support nonprofits as they responded to the spread of coronavirus in our community. Thanks to the care and generosity of donors, in 2020, more than $7 million in emergency funding was provided to Franklin County nonprofits. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund application period ended September 7, 2021. 


While the Foundation’s commitment to supporting nonprofits in responding to the virus’ ongoing effects continues, it has expanded its emergency response efforts to prioritize two additional areas: digital equity and youth.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was created to help nonprofit organizations in Franklin County that have been directly affected and are responding to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The funds support organizations responding to the needs of marginalized communities or populations.


The Emergency Response Fund – Digital Equity was established in 2020 to fund greater access to broadband, improved digital literacy, and strengthened school learning. By supporting opportunities to access the “fourth utility” of broadband, this fund seeks to increase digital equity and diminish the digital divide.


The Emergency Response Fund – Youth was created in 2021 in recognition of the challenges facing young people today. The fund supports youth-serving nonprofit organizations, placing emphasis on need and equity of opportunity.


See the impact of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.