Through generous gifts from individuals, civic organizations, businesses, and foundations, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region fully matched the $100,000 Danville Regional Foundation challenge grant for coronavirus relief this week! That means we have raised $200,000 for coronavirus relief in our region. We are extremely grateful for the community’s charitable response to this cause!
Raising funds for COVID-19 disaster relief continues to be a high priority of The Community Foundation. Please donate to the Coronavirus Relief Fund as regional needs are substantial, and your monetary support is critical. To date, CFDRR has awarded six grants totaling $132,800 to organizations to support their COVID-19 relief efforts!
The sixth Coronavirus Relief Fund grant was presented this week to the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation to support COVID-19 relief work of the Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem! Ecosystem partners include the DPC Chamber, The Launch Place, River District Association, Longwood Small Business Development Center, and Danville Community College.
This $50,000 grant will help fill gaps in funding through mini grants for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell Counties that have struggled to access other sources of funding during the COVID-19 crisis.
CFDRR made the following grants in the food insecurity and rent/utility assistance sectors totaling $82,800 in our first round of distribution last week, and will release grants for the small business and childcare sectors next. 1) City of Danville-Department of Social Services ($15,000)Purpose: to assist individuals/families in the City of Danville affected by COVID-19 through the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program 2) God’s Storehouse ($9,800)Purpose: to purchase gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray/wipes for volunteers, to purchase and install plexiglass shields for all desks, and to purchase meat and bread for food distribution program 3) Pittsylvania County Community Action ($20,000)Purpose: to help with rent and utility assistance for citizens living in Pittsylvania County 4) Caswell County Senior Services ($26,000) Purpose: to help cover at least one month’s cost of meals for senior citizens in Caswell County 5) Caswell County-Department of Social Services ($12,000)Purpose: to support the Crisis Intervention Program’s COVID-19 relief efforts, which assist residents of Caswell County who cannot afford to pay their utility bill
“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 of The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region