The United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County announced jointly the establishment of the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund in March 2020. Grants from the fund help support human services organizations that have deep roots in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and strong experience working with those vulnerable in our community.
As of January 11th, $601,522.89 has been raised for this effort. The fund continues to accept gifts for a community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read further to see how you can support our community’s recovery. Grant funding has been distributed as follows:
$100,925 in grant awards on April 10, 2020
$100,335 in grant awards on April 27, 2020
$66,091.49 in grant awards on May 8, 2020
$96,501.85 in grant awards on June 19, 2020
$114,018 in grant awards on September 4, 2020
$90,366 in grant awards on January 21, 2021
$27,310 in grant awards on January 28, 2021
$8,800 in grant awards on March 11, 2021
$16,223 in grant awards on March 18, 2021
CLICK HERE to see a list of local nonprofits receiving funding.
A total of $28, 130 was refunded to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund by three nonprofits unable to use part or all of the allotted grant funding. These refunds were used in subsequent rounds to provide grants to other nonprofits.
The Community Foundation will waive its normal Foundation Support Fee so more funds are given to those in need. This Fund will be distributed in phases. In the RELIEF PHASE, Rounds 1 and 2 assisted with access to food and access to safe shelter. Round 3 added focus areas to address access to mental healthcare and access to child care for essential workers.
In June, the fund entered a RECOVERY PHASE. Grant requests must be due to a need created by the COVID-19 crisis. We realize some HR nonprofit organizations are struggling to provide normal services and are facing significant reductions in funding due to COVID-19. Other nonprofits may be having difficulty providing services as they adjust to safe and different operating practices, due to COVID-19 phasing guidelines. Grants will be awarded to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County nonprofit organizations to support their work as they assist individuals and families in our community during this time of RECOVERY.
The Community Foundation and United Way strive to work strategically with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to agencies to meet both immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of the virus in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area.