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The Foundation for Delaware County awards over $1M to local nonprofits, launches COVID-19 Response Fund

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In its second major round of grantmaking, The Foundation for Delaware County awarded $1,055,488 in grant awards to 52 area nonprofits. Grants were awarded in the areas of economic stability, health and healthcare, education and neighborhood and the built environment, as well as for census outreach.

"Our grant awards could not have come at a more opportune time as we learn about nonprofits shifting from programming to survival in response to the COVID-19 crises,” says Frances Sheehan, foundation president. “The foundation has committed to allowing grantees the opportunity to redirect their grant to mitigate COVID-19 challenges and will work with each organization on an individual basis."

The above grant announcement came the same week as the foundation launched the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund to provide immediate and longer-term resources to nonprofits serving vulnerable residents across our county. The fund’s purpose is to help minimize the economic hardship and disruption of safety-net services in our county. 

The foundation has committed $100,000 to the fund and thanks to very generous residents and supporters, has raised an additional $175,000 in fourteen days. The Response Fund will complement government actions and other response efforts. An advisory committee comprised of business, foundation, government and nonprofit leaders has been formed to oversee the funds distributions. Special thanks to Mike Magnavita, President of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, for stepping forward to chair the committee.

Learn more about the Delco COVID-19 Response Fund here.