Community Foundation Announces Third Round of COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants Totaling $160,500

FREDERICK, MD – April 15, 2020: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces its third round of COVID-19 emergency relief grants totaling $160,500 to local nonprofits, bringing its combined total of emergency grantmaking to $285,500. These new grants were made possible through Our Heavenly Cause Foundation, Truist Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Levine.

COVID-19 emergency relief grant from Our Heavenly Cause Foundation will be provided to:

Blessings in a Backpack: $16,300 for distribution of non-perishable food to Frederick County children in need.

The City of Frederick, Department of Economic Development: $10,000 for emergency financial assistance for small businesses severely impacted by COVID-19, such as rent, mortgage, and utility expenses.

Heartly House: $27,740 for a new phone system that will better serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse by ensuring hotline service access.

Claggett Center: $17,500 to support a non-congregate quarantine and isolation shelter for Frederick County first-responders and healthcare workers.

YMCA of Frederick County: $15,000 to support childcare sites for children of first-responders, healthcare workers, and essential employees.

Other COVID-19 emergency relief grants will be provided to:

Advocates for Homeless Families: $6,300 for utility and maintenance expenses to assist unemployed households in its transitional housing program.

Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County: $15,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.

Brunswick Main Street: $10,000 for its emergency micro-grant program to provide financial assistance to existing downtown businesses.

Frederick Arts Council: $5,210 for essential staff and general operating expenses.

Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley: $3,000 to support its job development and coaching programs for persons with disabilities.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre: $2,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.

Mental Health Association of Frederick County: $12,450 for continuity of services related to its COVID-19 response.

Second Chances Garage: $10,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.

Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County (SHIP): $5,000 for hotel stays for homeless families unable to access other family shelters.

The Arc of Frederick County: $5,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.

This funding is part of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign to support nonprofits that directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is led by the COVID Collaborative, which consists of the Community Foundation, United Way of Frederick County, Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, The Kahlert Foundation, William E. Cross Foundation, The Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund, and others. These organizations are working together to respond quickly and decisively to local nonprofits’ needs.