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.

Richland County Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees 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.

Whether seeking ways to expand current services or to minimize the consequences of curtailing services to reduce health risks to our community, the Foundation wants to alleviate the financial burden in this current environment.

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.

To date, a total of $464,335 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 in early May.

COVID-19 Rapid Response grants have been awarded to the following organizations:  

American Red Cross for general support

Area Agency on Aging to deliver meals to people between the ages of 50 and 59 in Richland, Crawford and Ashland counties.

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

Community Health Access Project (CHAP) for diapers and formula

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

Richland County Youth and Family Council for assistance to single adults, couples without minor children and those over the age of 60 who have been impacted by COVID-19

Salvation Army for general support

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.

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.