Coronavirus Relief Fund

Support the Coronavirus Relief Fund of

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region!

Note: Please select “Coronavirus Relief Fund” on the designation menu.

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, The Community Foundation has awarded six grants totaling $132,800 to organizations to support their COVID-19 relief efforts!

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 assists residents of Caswell County who cannot afford to pay their utility bill

6. Danville Pittsylvania Chamber Foundation ($50,000)

Purpose: to support COVID-19 relief work of the Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem by filling gaps in funding through mini grants to small businesses and entrepreneurs that have struggled to access other sources of funding during the COVID-19 crisis

Grant award presentation to Dr. Alexis Ehrhardt, President and CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce (left) by Mrs. Katherine Milam, Executive Director of The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.

We met the match, and our fundraising continues. Here is how you can help:

•  A gift by check made payable to The Community Foundation for the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Gifts may be mailed to 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA  24541.

• Click the donate button at the top of the page to give through Network for Good.  Designate your gift for the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

• All contributions are tax deductible.

The Community Foundation is deeply appreciative of all support for this effort!  

Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQ

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?   

The Community Foundation is working to identify and prioritize the most compelling areas of need. 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 find us on Facebook at @CFDRR (www.facebook.com/cfdrr).