Covid-19 Response Information

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With children out of school, businesses temporarily closing, performances shuttered and workers being laid off, there has never been a time where community support and financial resources have been more badly needed. The Community Foundation for the CSRA and United Way of the CSRA have partnered to create the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

The fund will support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic.



Individuals And Families In Need Of Help

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United Way of the CSRA provides assistance for individuals and families impacted and in need of support through the 2-1-1 Contact Center, which connects families with community based resources to include the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. There are many ways to connect to 2-1-1 including by phone, chat, email or mobile app. 2-1-1 is a valuable resource that is available 24-hours and 7 days-a-week.


Nonprofit Agencies In Need Of Help


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The CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will award grants to organizations supporting families with young children and teens on free and reduced lunch; individuals without health insurance, access to sick days or access to healthcare; seniors and older adults; the homeless population or those at risk of becoming homeless; low-wage workers including hospitality, service industry, artists who can’t work due to COVID-19, and gig economy workers.

Initial funding priorities will focus on programs serving the immediate needs of these economically vulnerable populations. Programs should address one or more of the following:

  • Food Insecurity
  • Emergency Shelter or Rent
  • Utility Assistance
  • Medical Supports
  • Child Care



To be eligible to receive a grant, organizations must:

  • Be in good standing with the Community Foundation for the CSRA and the United Way of the CSRA
  • Be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) or have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. I.R.S. determination must be current
  • Be registered with the Secretary of State as a nonprofit (Georgia or South Carolina as applicable)
  • Have needs related to COVID-19
  • Be located and providing services in one of these counties: Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes
  • Have strong relationships and trust in the community.



At this time we are not accepting applications for general operating grants.  If you’re interested in applying for an organizational support grant please DO NOT FILL OUT THE CURRENT APPLICATION. Check back with us for more information about upcoming application processes.  If you are not sure if your request would fall under a funded category please contact Rebecca Wallace at

Applications submitted by 4:00PM on Tuesday will be considered for funding in a given two week cycle. Applications submitted after that time will be considered in the next cycle.  Exceptions may be made in emergency situations and on a case by case basis.

Starting in March 2020 the Community Foundation will be using new application software.  Even if you have applied with the Foundation in the past you MUST register as a new user. 

Rebecca Wallace


Contact Rebecca Wallace, Director of Grants and Community Engagement at