As developments related to COVID-19 continue to evolve and unfold, nonprofit organizations providing critical health and human services are rapidly expanding and changing their service delivery models to meet existing and growing demands from individuals and families, including the most vulnerable populations.
As an initial response to address urgent community needs, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations (the Foundations) have allocated $1.3 million in support of a COVID-19 Crisis Rapid Response. Through this Rapid Response, the Foundations have provided general operating funds directly to organizations delivering critical services to vulnerable populations and support for collaborative funding efforts in central and southeastern Ohio.
Agencies focused on food access and community behavioral health services have been prioritized through the Foundations’ direct agency support. In addition, the Foundations have partnered with other grantmakers and funding entities, contributing to collective efforts to support a broad network of local nonprofit agencies and community safety net programs as the crisis continues.
The following is a list of agencies and collaborative response funds receiving support through the Foundations’ COVID-19 Crisis Rapid Response.
Direct Agency Support
- Catholic Social Services: $150,000
- Directions for Youth and Families: $150,000
- Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program, Southeast Ohio Foodbank: $130,000
- LifeCare Alliance: $150,000
- Lutheran Social Services: $150,000
- Maryhaven: $150,000
- St. Vincent Family Center: $150,000
Collaborative Funding Effort
- Athens County Foundation: $20,000 to support the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
- Athens Hocking Vinton 317 Board: $130,000 COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding Partnership
- Foundation for Appalachian Ohio: $20,000 to support the Emergency Response Fund
- The Columbus Foundation: $50,000 to support the Emergency Response Fund
- United Way of Central Ohio: $50,000 to support the COVID-19 Community Response Fund
In addition to this initial funding allocation, the Foundations are working closely with our grant partners to further understand challenges, accelerate grant distributions, as appropriate, and suspend/delay reporting requirements on existing grants. The endurance and resiliency of nonprofit leaders and front-line workers is to be commended and supported. Please consider joining the Foundations in support of these agencies, Response Funds or other worthy agencies in your community.
The Foundations are not accepting new funding proposals at this time. New funding opportunities will be announced on our website and through our email communications. You can register for email updates at: https://osteopathicheritage.org/contactus.aspx
The health and wellbeing of the communities we serve are at the heart of the mission of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. We are deeply grateful for the efforts being made by the nonprofit sector to provide essential health and human services to the most vulnerable.