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FORT COLLINS — The new Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund has issued its first grants. Fifteen human services organizations received a total $200,125 in the first round of funding.
The organizations receiving funding target people who are faced with food insecurity, childcare needs, housing, or other disruptions caused by the pandemic. A second round of grants will be disbursed in mid-April.
“We have tried to focus these grants to help people in our communities who are the most vulnerable and the most at risk due to this crisis,” Ray Caraway, president of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, said in a written statement. “This includes the elderly, the homeless, health-care providers and first responders.”
Recipients for the first grant cycle include:
Aspire 3D, Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park, Crossroads Safehouse, The Family Center–La Familia, Food Bank of Larimer County, The Genesis Project of Fort Collins, Homeward Alliance–Aztlan Center, House of Neighborly Service, Loveland Rotary KidsPak, Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins, Neighbor to Neighbor, The Nappie Project, Salud Family Health Center, UCHealth-Family Medicine Center.
Created as a partnership between the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County, the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund was designed as a fast-acting source of aid in the wake of this public health emergency. The response fund has raised more than $400,000, but the need is much greater. For the first round of grants, the fund received 40 applications from groups asking for nearly $800,000.
“With the Colorado governor’s announcement that all school districts will be closed until at least April 17, we are working to solve the important community problem of school-aged childcare for our first responders and health-care providers, “ said Kaycee Headrick, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, which offers services at multiple locations throughout the county. “By providing safe childcare to our first responders and health-care professionals, the Boys & Girls Club is working to ensure these families have a safe place to bring their kids while they work the front lines of this pandemic.”
“This fund is designed to evolve to meet the greatest needs of the community as they unfold,” said Annie Davies, United Way of Larimer County CEO. “We appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with the community foundation to connect generous businesses and individuals to a meaningful and local opportunity to help those affected by the pandemic.”
The application deadline for nonprofits to apply for the next grant cycle is April 9. Grants are reviewed by volunteers from Estes Park, Loveland and Fort Collins, as well as staff members from the United Way of Larimer County and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.
Donors to the fund are asked to contribute securely online: https://www.nocofoundation.org/covid-19. For gifts of more than $1,000, donors are asked to contribute directly to the foundation or the United Way in order to avoid processing fees. Checks may be payable to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado with “Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund” in the memo line, mailed to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, 4745 Wheaton Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Donors may also donate by text to LARIMERUNITED to 41444, make an online donation at https://impact.uwaylc.org/Corona, or send checks to United Way of Larimer County, 525 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO 80521 with COVID-19 in the subject line.