COVID-19 Resources for Donors
The COVID-19 Pandemic has far-reaching consequences for our local nonprofit community. According to a recent survey conducted by BCF, nearly 30% of nonprofits in our community could permanently close if the quarantine measures continue for six months. While we don’t anticipate that this will happen concurrently, a cumulative six-month quarantine is a possibility. As such, BCF has revised our grantmaking policies to ensure more operating support to organizations impacted by the COVID-19 quarantine.
BCF Community Response Fund
The Foundation has a special fund established to help support the community in case of an emergency. This dedicated grantmaking fund, called the Community Response Fund, can give grants to health and human services nonprofit organizations that have a sudden and unexpected need for additional financial resources. Nonprofits can apply to the Community Response Fund, and if accepted, receive funding quickly to help meet the urgent needs of our community in the face of a COVID-19 outbreak.
BCF Community Grants Cycle
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation has made general operating support a priority during our 2020 discretionary grantmaking program called the Community Grants Cycle. To date, we have received 61 applications and over $450,000 in requests. From May 15 through June 15, we will spotlight those applications at www.bainbridgegives.org and give the broader community the opportunity to support those priority projects.