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COVID-19 Response Fund

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The COVID-19 Response Fund is rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis. Housed at Seattle Foundation, the Fund makes grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with emergency assistance, such as financial support, healthcare, and childcare.

The first round of grants is prioritizing the communities listed below, all of whom are particularly impacted by this crisis.
• Low-income residents, including those without health insurance and/or access to sick days
• Low-income workers in disproportionately impacted industries, such as healthcare and the service industry, as well as gig-economy workers
• Residents with greater health risks, including people over age 60, people with compromised immune systems, and pregnant people
• Residents with limited English language proficiency
• Communities of color
• People with disabilities
• People experiencing homelessness
• Undocumented workers and families
• People at risk of intimate violence

Formed by a coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners, the COVID-19 Response Fund complements the work of public health officials and expands local capacity to address the many needs created by the coronavirus crisis.

In order to move resources quickly without further burdening organizations providing critical services and support, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Seattle Foundation is administering grants from the Fund in partnership with United Way of King County, King County’s Pandemic Community Advisory Group, and Fund partners.

Grants are made on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves.

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