COVID-19 County Relief Block Grants

Over the last few months, Community Giving Foundation has continued to strengthen our relationships with nonprofits across the region. Individuals, families, and businesses have come together and given generously to the Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund in response to heightened needs in our community as a result of the pandemic. Funding from individual donors, Foundation funds, and businesses helped the Foundation award $365,000 to 78 nonprofits across our region to support those impacted by COVID-19. The Foundation has long played a role of channeling funds to the community in need in the wake of disasters and have become a trusted, frontline resource providing direct knowledge to our stakeholders.

Nonprofit Assistance

Because of Community Giving Foundation's trusted relationships with nonprofits and an established process in place to support disaster relief grant making, the Foundation was pleased to partner with Columbia and Montour Counties to administer COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant funding for nonprofit organizations. These grant rounds were designed to provide relief for costs incurred during the period from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020.

The Foundation administered applications for both counties, and disbursed grant funding for Columbia County nonprofits. View a list of grant recipients here. Funding for Montour County nonprofits was allocated directly from the County Commissioners.

Small Business Assistance

In Columbia and Montour Counties, Community Giving Foundation has been active in efforts supporting the business and leadership sectors. The County Block Grant gave the Foundation the opportunity to extend this partnership by providing much needed technical assistance to process small business applications via our web-based grant management system. Two grant rounds for each county were facilitated in 2020 to support small businesses.