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Montgomery County, PA launches COVID-19 rapid response fund

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Montgomery County (PA) has experienced one of the highest rates of coronavirus transmission in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Preventive community health measures, such as the closure of schools and non-essential businesses and shelter-in-place protocols, have created an immediate and significant impact on individuals and families across the county. As schools close and employees stay home with reduced or no pay, families are left struggling to pay for food, rent, utilities, student loans, and other basic necessities. More individuals are expected to reach out to local safety net providers for support with these basic needs. In turn, safety net providers- which themselves are impacted by office closures, loss of planned funding events, staff reductions, and other measures- may be struggling to respond, meet the demand for services, and keep staff and clients safe.

To respond to this growing crisis, concerned leaders are joining to create a rapid response fund for Montgomery County: The MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund. This Fund, which currently has $205,000 committed, will provide emergency general operating support to social safety net organizations serving Montgomery County residents impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Grants will be awarded quickly and on a rolling basis, while funds are available, in order to provide maximum flexibility and responsiveness.

The MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund is a novel partnership between local philanthropy, county government, concerned citizens, and safety net providers to offer immediate relief to safety net organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Fund's Founding Partners are HealthSpark Foundation; VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn; BLBB Charitable; AmerisourceBergen Foundation; Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation; Genuardi Family Foundation; Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.; the County of Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia; TriCounty Community Network; Bucks-Mont Collaborative; and the Interagency Council of Norristown.

Individuals and businesses who want to support local relief efforts are encouraged to donate directly to the MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund. Donations can be made online or via check, with more information here.

To learn more or apply for grant funds, please visit the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. website here.