MY ORGANIZATION IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR GRANT RESOURCES FROM THIS FUND. CAN WE BE CONSIDERED?
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities impacted by COVID-19. We are forming an advisory council to guide the strategy for the disbursement of these funds to community organizations working to meet the needs of individuals affected by the pandemic.
I’M AN INDIVIDUAL WHO’S BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19. CAN THIS FUND HELP ME?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. We are working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.
While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, funding will be provided to community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them here. If you are looking for resources now, please check our resources page by clicking here.
I WANT TO DONATE. CAN I RESTRICT MY FUNDING TO A PRIORITIZED GRANTEE?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and provide relief to communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Relief Fund was created to provide a coordinated response to our region’s immediate needs.
SHOULD I GIVE TO THIS FUND INSTEAD OF MAKING OTHER DONATIONS?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help focus a regional response. This is a critical time for so many, including the non-profit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those organizations that had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.
IS THERE A GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF FOCUS FOR THE FUND?
The COVID-19 Relief Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the Greater Kingsport community.
WHEN WILL YOU SHARE WHO YOU FUND?
We have already begun to distribute relief dollars to member agencies, as well as other nonprofits in the Greater Kingsport community. We will begin to publish these on our website in the coming days.
IS MY GIFT TO THE COVID-19 RELIEF FUND TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Gifts are tax deductible. Consult your tax professional for what this means to you.
WILL MY GIFT TO THE COVID-19 RELIEF FUND REMAIN LOCAL?
Yes, all money donated to support the United Way of Greater Kingsport COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to support community organizations right here in the Greater Kingsport community to help meet the needs of individuals affected by the pandemic.