COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative

Please note: As a community foundation, we make grants only to nonprofit organizations. We do not make grants to individuals. If you need assistance please call 211.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richland County Foundation has redirected its Unrestricted/Community Fund to meet emerging needs. The Community Fund will provide grants for basic needs such as food and housing along with other essential health and human services on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations in Richland County.

A Community Engagement Team made up of people working in the health and human services sectors meets weekly to make grant recommendations. The Foundation is accepting online grant applications on a rolling basis. https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/65619-Richland-County-Foundation

To support this effort, we encourage donors to contribute to the Community Fund. Any Community Fund gifts received throughout 2020 will be used to assist nonprofits directly impacted by COVID-19.

Second Round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

In its second round of grants, the Richland County Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response initiative awarded $55,760 in grants to the Richland County Youth and Family Council and Area Agency on Aging.

To date, a total of $454,727 has been awarded for COVID-19 Relief in the community. That total includes the funding from the Foundation's Community Fund, Donor-Advised Funds, $100,000 from Richland County Job and Family Services, and $37,742 raised online via a special COVID-19 Relief edition of Richland Gives.

A matching 1:1 grant was awarded to the Richland County Youth and Family Council for its COVID-19 Relief Fund. Assistance will be provided to single adults, couples without minor children and those over the age of 60 and have experienced a job loss or wage reduction related to the pandemic. The assistance will be given to people who apply and meet certain criteria such as an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Richland County Job and Family Services has additional programs and funds to assist families with children.  

The Area Agency on Aging received a grant to deliver meals to people in need between the ages of 50 and 59. 

The Foundation believes that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 affects more than just the infected. It is a time to come together to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for our community and nonprofits in Richland County.  

To support this effort, we encourage donors to contribute to the Community Fund /donate. Any Community Fund gifts received throughout 2020 will be used to assist nonprofits directly impacted by COVID-19.

May 5, 2020

Richland County Foundation Funds COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants April 16, 2020

The RCF awarded its first round of COVID-19 Rapid Response grants funded from the Community Fund and Donor-Advised Funds to the following organizations:   

American Red Cross for general support

Ashland Community Foundation for its Emergency Fund

Avita Health Foundation for personal protective equipment and general support

Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center for meat in its food pantry

Catalyst Life Services for personal protective equipment, telehealth, and tech support

Community Foundation of Otsego County for its COVID Fund

Domestic Violence Shelter for general support

Grace Episcopal Church for its outdoor food pantry and food

Mansfield Area Y for general support

OhioHealth Foundation for lodging for frontline healthcare providers

Salvation Army for general support

April 16, 2020