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March 18, 2020 3:06pm

One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

A community-wide coalition has joined together to create the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to individuals, businesses and community-based organizations working at the frontlines of our region’s coronavirus outbreak. The goal of this fund is to attract and provide flexible funding resources to help communities who are disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences. Funds will be used to complement the first phase of the work of community partners public health officials and will be distributed in the most equitable and transparent manner considering relevant and emerging data on our community’s needs.

Grants for community-based organizations: The Community Foundation of Louisville will administer grants to Louisville-based nonprofit organizations in partnership with Fund partners. The Fund will seek to address both short-term needs of nonprofit organizations and reserve funding to address currently unknown longer-term impacts. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations at the frontline of this outbreak, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. The Fund expects to make an initial round of grants within the next two weeks.

Grants for individuals impacted by this outbreak: The Community Foundation of Louisville will distribute to Louisville Metro Government all funds donated for the purpose of providing services to individuals disproportionately impacted by this outbreak.

These funds will be managed by the Office for Resilience and Community Services (RCS) and will be used to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Specific supports may include:

  • Rental assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Transportation support
  • Food access
  • Utility assistance
  • Pharmaceutical needs
  • Other support needs as determined

Individual households may request support by contacting their nearest Neighborhood Place location. Each household will be eligible for up to $1,000 in emergency funding.

To be eligible for support, individuals/households must be Jefferson County residents with an income at or below 80% Area Median Income and have a need for any of the assistance listed above. They must also demonstrate a loss of earned income related to the COVID-19 pandemic due to medical reasons, business closure or layoff or school closures.

To donate, please visit: COVID-19 Response Fund. Suggested donations range from $100K- $1M.