On March 18, The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and United Way of Larimer County announced the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund to aid in response and relief among northern Colorado nonprofit agencies. The collaborative funding and leadership support vital organizations while providing bandwidth and resources to nonprofit partners addressing today’s greatest need.
The final round of grant distributions was announced on September 2nd, totaling $1,272,997 in support of projects addressing the needs of community members most affected by COVID-19. To date, the Fund has awarded over one million dollars to 55 agencies. Every grant is supporting nonprofits providing critical human services such as food security, rent and housing assistance, emergency assistance, and mental health.
Please continue reading to learn more about the penultimate round of the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund recipients:
Alternatives to Violence $14,000
• To continue to compensate staff who can work overtime to offer additional crisis services.
America’s Kid’s Belong $24,000
• To provide emergency needs to an additional 40 youth as a result of COVID-19.
Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County $20,000
• To support summer programs at 12 Larimer County sites serving approximately 600 youth a day.
Break Free Inc. dba Free Our Girls $5,000
• To support victims of sex trade and sex trafficking through mental health and communication support.
Catholic Charities $25,000
• To provide grocery delivery and other essentials to low-income and vulnerable seniors.
CASA of Larimer County $10,000
• To allow the continuation of the no-contact, virtual parent-child visitation program.
• To continue to provide resources to clients during social distancing through a teletherapy model. Crossroads Ministry of Estes $20,000
• To help an anticipated additional 160 individuals and families with rent assistance as unemployment rates continue to rise.
Crossroads Safehouse $14,000
• To provide financial, rental, and housing-search assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County $25,000
• To support childcare programs with mini-grants to cover necessary operational costs.
The Family Center/La Familia $10,000
• To grow their financial support program to include virtual programming and access to services.
Finally Home $9,225
• To support kinship families (grandparents/other family members raising related children) who are now home with children full time.
FoCo Café $25,000
• To provide food to vulnerable populations in the city of Fort Collins.
Foster and Adoptive Families $3,500
• To provide food through a pickup site offered every other month to families with foster children, kinship households, guardianship, and adoptive children.
Grand Family Coalition $8,000
• To provide elderly, at-risk caregivers with gift cards to stores where they can purchase basic needs for their families online.
Good Samaritan Society, Fort Collins Village $25,000
• To ensure proper health and safety of staff and residents by allowing for increased personal protective equipment purchases and cleaning supplies.
Homeward Alliance $20,000
• To provide approximately 300 meals a day, seven-days-a-week to those accessing services at the temporary congregate emergency shelter at the Aztlan Center through the end of the lease term.
House of Neighborly Service $25,000
• To provide utility bill assistance to those affected by poverty and situational crisis in the Thompson School District prior to the prospective June 1 shut off date.
Light of the Rockies Christian Counseling $10,000
• To continue to provide teletherapy “coping sessions” for those facing anxiety, emotional stress, or depression as a result of the pandemic.
McKee Wellness Foundation $25,000
• To support front line medical staff at McKee Medical Center and Banner Fort Collins with quality childcare.
The Nappie Project $14,150
• To support the purchase of additional diapers, supplies, and inventory for the new Nappie Cloth Care Kits, protective equipment for staff and volunteers, and increased storage space.
Neighbor to Neighbor $15,000
• To provide clients with eviction prevention assistance and direct assistance with emergency needs.
Outreach Fort Collins $10,000
• To expand services throughout the city of Fort Collins, expecting to serve an additional 75-100 individuals in homeless and at-risk populations with the closing of the Aztlan Community Center congregate shelter.
Serve 6.8 $25,000
• To provide food-distribution services, virtual finance care, rental payments, and other needs for approximately 700 families of those who are homebound during this time due to age or auto-immune issues.
Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center $20,000
• To provide childcare scholarships for low-income families (and families who have lost jobs) and help cover tuition loss.
Warehouse Business Accelerator $25,000
• To deliver safe, effective personal protective equipment at no cost to essential, non-medical human service providers who are serving vulnerable populations through the Manufacturers COVID Designated Fund.