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NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund Awards $275,369 in Fourth Funding Round


A total of $680,000 in Grant Funding Awarded to Nonprofits to Date

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scranton Area Community Foundation announces the fourth round of grants totaling $275,369 distributed to 20 nonprofit organizations from the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund.

Funding recipients in the fourth round include Friends of the Poor, Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Meals on Wheels of NEPA, Scranton Public Library, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, the Humane Society of Lackawanna County, Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, and many others.

Since the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund was established in late March, over $680,000 in rapid response grant funding has been awarded to 85 nonprofit organizations across Northeastern Pennsylvania to help address challenges they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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, and many other individual donors and charitable funds. A partnership with Scranton’s Mayor Paige Cognetti also provided support to the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund through a widely publicized virtual fundraising event last month raising over $190,000 in less than 48 hours to support food security in Lackawanna County.

“The NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund is quickly and effectively addressing the many challenges that nonprofit organizations are facing, particularly for those that might be unable to secure resources elsewhere,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. “The need for support in our region continues, for food, safe housing, hardship pay for frontline employees, personal protective equipment, support for vulnerable populations, and help for operational gaps that nonprofit organizations are facing due to fundraising challenges. These and many other important needs are being served by the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund.”

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 fifth round of grants is expected to be awarded within the next few weeks and the cycle will continue on a rolling basis during the crisis and recovery phases of the COVID-19 outbreak, as funds allow.

View the Fourth 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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