Helping Hands Grants 2.0
Funding Critical Needs Impacted by Covid
The newly revised Helping Hands Grant 2.0 is intended to support people in our region who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds are available to 501(c)3 nonprofits and public agencies in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties providing critical safety-net needs for community members (including food security, housing support, physical and mental health, safety, and pre-K childcare) due to the socio-economic and health impacts of the pandemic in our region.
Special consideration will be given to organizations with a history of serving the needs of populations that have been hardest hit by the pandemic and who have been historically marginalized, under-served, or under-resourced (including indigenous and people of color, low-income, geographically isolated, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, refugees and immigrants, non-English speakers, people experiencing homelessness, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations).
There is no cap on the amount of funding that can be requested (although please take the IRS Public Support Test into consideration when determining your request). Please note that the need for funding should be directly connected to the current public health crisis and providing direct services to individuals in our communities.
Applications received by the 1st of the month will be reviewed and awarded by the 31st. Follow-up Zoom meetings will be scheduled on Monday afternoons as needed.
|Applications Received By:||Awards Made By:|
|August 1, 2020||August 31, 2020|
|September 1, 2020||September 30, 2020|
|October 1, 2020||November 30, 2020|
|December 1, 2020||December 31, 2020|
Helping Hands grants are intended to help with the following pandemic-related impacts:
- A demonstrated increase in demand for safety-net services
- Adapting or improving critical program delivery
- Expanding organizational capacity to meet community needs
- Sustaining operations due to shifting financial realities
Helping Hands grants are not intended to:
- Provide additional program support due to an anticipated increase in demand for services
- Cover costs that state/federal emergency relief funds will fund or reimburse
- Pay down deficits
- Grants are for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations serving and located in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties only. All other organizations are required to have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor prior to submitting a grant request.
- Organizations must provide critical safety-net needs for community members (including food security, housing support, physical and mental health, safety, and pre-K childcare) due to the socio-economic and health impacts of the pandemic in our region.
- Grant requests should be directly connected to the current public health crisis and providing direct services to individuals in our communities.
- Organizations are only eligible for one COVID-19 Helping Hands Grant 2.0 award.
- Grantees who receive a COVID-19 Helping Hands Grant 2.0 will not be eligible for Recovery Grants.
- Grant funds must be expended within one year of award date.
- Final grant reports will be required to be submitted 45 days after the close of the grant period indicated on the Grant Agreement.
- No grants will be made specifically for religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs (see Grant Guidelines and Policies).
- The Board of Trustees is responsible for final grant decisions and authorizes distribution of grants pursuant to these and other guidelines established by the Community Foundation.