In March 2020, the Community Foundation established the CERF to strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts in Loudoun. Since March, the CERF, along with Visit Loudoun Foundation’s Tourism and Hospitality Relief Fund, has distributed $165,000 to fund rental assistance through the COVID-19 Emergency Fund and Helpline, a program run in collaboration by Loudoun Cares and Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of Arlington.
In May, the Community Foundation requested proposals from nonprofit organizations. Grants were considered for nonprofit members of Loudoun Human Services Network. The Loudoun Human Services Network is a coalition of human service nonprofits serving Loudoun residents. Grants were prioritized for organizations that saw increased demand for their services as it relates to COVID-19; organizations that needed to adjust service models to accommodate social distancing or other safety measures; or organizations that have lost revenue as a result of COVID-19. The Foundation created an advisory committee of local leaders representing business, philanthropic, faith-based, and government sectors reviewed applications and made funding recommendations.
“The Loudoun Human Services Network’s values of collaboration, public-private partnership, and advocacy for our community’s vulnerable and at-risk residents are closely aligned with the Community Foundation’s priorities for grantmaking from the Community Emergency Relief Fund,” said Amy Owen, president of the Community Foundation.
The following organizations were selected to receive grants:
- $10,000 grant to The Arc of Loudoun
- $6,000 grant to Crossroads Jobs
- $7,500 grant to ECHO
- $10,000 grant to Friends of Loudoun Mental Health
- $2,500 grant to Fenwick Foundation
- $2,500 grant to Good Shepherd Alliance
- $4,000 grant to INMED Partnerships for Children
- $10,000 grant to Legal Services of Northern Virginia
- $3,500 grant to Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)
- $10,000 grant to Loudoun Cares
- $10,000 grant to Loudoun Free Clinic
- $4,000 grant to Loudoun Literacy Council
- $5,000 grant to Northern Virginia Family Service
- $2,500 grant to Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas
- $10,000 grant to Windy Hill Foundation
- $2,500 grant to Women Giving Back
“These grants were designed to provide an infusion of general support funding to our local nonprofits,” said Owen. “We’re incredibly grateful for the individuals and businesses across our community who donated to the fund and made these grants possible. Our community is still facing great need because of the pandemic. We encourage Loudoun to keep giving so that we can continue to take care of our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Gifts to the Community Emergency Relief Fund may be made at https://communityfoundationlf.org/emergencyrelief.