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NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund Awards $212,000 in Fifth Funding Round



A total of $892,369 in Grant Funding Awarded to Nonprofits to Date

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scranton Area Community Foundation announces the fifth round of grants totaling $212,000 distributed to 27 nonprofit organizations from the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund.

Funding recipients in the fifth round include Greater Scranton YMCA, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, CEO/Weinberg Northeast Food Bank, Telespond Senior Services, Inc., Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Scranton Tomorrow, in addition to many others.

“We’re extremely grateful to the donors and supporters that have enabled us to distribute nearly $900,000 in the past two months through 113 charitable organizations through the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. “The need for support in our region continues, in order to help nonprofit organizations facing unprecedented challenges while trying to meet their critical missions.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation created the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund to rapidly deploy responsive and flexible resources to community-based nonprofit organizations working with those who are impacted by COVID-19 and the related economic, social, and health-related consequences of the outbreak. The NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund has been supported by numerous foundations, funds, and charitable individuals, including the Margaret Briggs Foundation, Wells Fargo, the Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, PPL Foundation, The Robert Cavanaugh Family Trust, M&T Bank, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, Minooka Subaru, the Willary Foundation and many other individual donors and charitable funds.

The Foundation makes grant decisions on this fund with input from an advisory committee composed of partner organizations and representatives from the foundation, nonprofit, and civic sectors, based on available funds. Organizations can reapply to the fund as needed. A sixth round of grants is expected to be awarded within the next few weeks, as funds allow.

View the Fifth Round COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Recipients

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In addition to establishing the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, the Scranton Area Community Foundation is maintaining a rolling critical needs grants pool and traditional grant funding pool. We have also implemented the NEPA Nonprofit Resources Google Group, a popular discussion-focused group created for nonprofit, civic, government, and funding organizations to be able to quickly share information, needs, questions, and resources with each other. Additionally, we have established a program of weekly webinars to help nonprofits, including training programs on crisis management, operations management, increasing fundraising revenue, and building sustainability, among other topics. Learn more about our response at safdn.org/covid19

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