A coalition of philanthropy, government, and community partners has joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in the Yampa Valley region.
The Fund will not provide direct assistance to individuals, but to organizations providing direct assistance. If you are an individual looking for assistance please refer to the resources on the Steamboat Chamber’s website (CLICK HERE).
Moffat County individuals can click here for available resources.
All donations to the Yampa Valley COVID-19 Response Fund are considered a charitable contribution and 100% of donated funds will go directly to support vulnerable populations in Routt and Moffat Counties who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. There are no administrative fees for this fund, so 100% of every dollar donated will go to serve those in need.
About the COVID-19 Response Fund
Hosted by Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
Operating grants will fund organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and seasonal workers, chronic health conditions, mobility impaired, youth and our aging population, among others. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
The first phase of rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in our communities by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak, the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures, and the increased demand for medical and behavioral resources and support.
Yampa Valley Community Foundation will administer grants from the Fund in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.
General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to Helen Beall, Community Impact Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
For interested donors and partners, please contact Traci Hiatt, Donor Engagement Manager at email@example.com.
Thank you to our philanthropy, government and community member partners who have come together to support the Yampa Valley through the COVID-19 Response Fund.
I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, Yampa Valley Community Foundation is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.
While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them here. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you.
My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with local nonprofits to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.
I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.
Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from charitable giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or public gatherings upon which they heavily depend for funding of their programs and operations. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.
How much of my donation will go to administrative fees?
None. The Fund is administered by YVCF and all administrative fees have been waived so that 100% of every dollar donated will go back into the community in order to provide essential services.
What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.
Who decides on allocation for the funding?
The Grant Committee shall be appointed by the Foundation and consist of two Yampa Valley Community Foundation Board member, a representative from the Chamber, a representative from Health and Human Services from Routt and Moffat Counties with guidance from local school and government agencies. The grants committee will be administered by Yampa Valley Community Foundation staff.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Routt and Moffat Counties.
When will you share who you fund?
We anticipate making a first round of investments in the coming weeks and will publish the list of selected grantees on the Yampa Valley Community Foundation website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources.
Thank you to our partners who have come together to support our community through the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
- Philanthropy: Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation, Moniker Foundation, Yampa Valley Medical Center Health Fund
In times of crisis, coordination is vital and valued in getting critical resources to communities most impacted. We are grateful to the philanthropic leadership of our community working quickly and collectively to support those most impacted in this dynamic time.