April 2020
The Community Foundation Responds to COVID-19
With a tremendous sense of empathy and urgency, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has launched a Coronavirus Relief Fund. This is a critical time for everyone—foundations, corporations, individuals and organizations can step up and combine resources to address and help limit negative impacts from the current public health crisis to the people and communities of our region.

The Community Foundation is grateful to partner with organizations operating on the front lines to ensure essential human needs are met during this health crisis, and requests contributions to raise funds to meet immediate and ongoing gaps in coronavirus relief and related services.
“While our region manages this crisis, the Foundation’s responsibility is to assist in finding local solutions. The Coronavirus Relief Fund is established so the public can give with the assurance their donations will be granted to organizations providing immediate care to our communities’ most vulnerable populations. This Fund is designed to supplement, not replace, resources already in place. The Community Foundation has designed this Fund to be flexible and responsive given the immediacy of this pandemic.”

- Katherine Milam, Executive Director
FAQ for the Coronavirus Relief Fund
Q: Who can apply, and what is the application process? 

In order to move resources quickly, The Community Foundation is not hosting a formal application process. Potential front line grantee partners will be identified and contacted. Information will be solicited on proposed projects and final awards will be recommended. Existing experience and accountability in addressing the immediate needs of the people made vulnerable by the coronavirus pandemic is essential. 

Q: Which types of organizations will be considered?  

Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.

Q: How much is The Community Foundation contributing? 

CFDRR has contributed $25,000 to establish the Fund. However, donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated.  Donations of all amounts are needed and requested from foundations, corporations, individuals and organizations.

Q: How do I donate? 

Gifts shall be made payable to “The Community Foundation” for the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Gifts may be mailed to 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541 or made online at www.cfdrr.org through Network For Good. All contributions are tax deductible.  

Q: What is the turnaround time for funds? 

To move resources quickly, the Foundation is working diligently to identify and prioritize the most compelling areas of need and will distribute funds in a timely manner. 

Q: Are there specific restrictions for these grants or are they unrestricted?  

Initially, grant funding will support nonprofit organizations that provide community safety nets for crucial services in the following sectors: utilities, rent, childcare, food insecurity, and small business support. Grants will be restricted to the extent that funds must be used directly to respond to the coronavirus.

Q: Where can I find more information on The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and the Coronavirus Relief Fund? 

For more information, please contact The Community Foundation at (434) 793-0884 (we will be checking voicemail regularly) or email Kathy Milam, at kathy@cfdrr.org. You can also visit our website at www.cfdrr.org and find us on Facebook at @CFDRR ( www.facebook.com/cfdrr).  

The Community Foundation is deeply appreciative of all support for this effort! 
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region | 434-793-0884