Butler County United Way and the Hamilton Community Foundation are partnering with other regional United Ways, Community Foundations and generous corporate partners to create a COVID-19 Regional Recovery Fund (Fund).
Nobody knows the future of COVID-19 except that we are certain to see additional needs develop. Additional funds will be needed in order to address unanticipated demand for nonprofit services. The Fund's intent is to assist Butler County non-profit organizations while helping to minimize duplication of services and maximize the value of available resources. The Fund will allow ongoing assessment of emerging demand trends and provide the ability to pro-actively monitor and react to our county's needs.
The Butler County COVID-19 Regional Recovery Fund will be directed through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation who provided $150,000 in matching funds for Butler County nonprofit organizations. Initial funding was generously provided by:
The Fund will address needs in our region related to the coronavirus pandemic, especially for those who are disproportionately affected. Funding will focus on high-need populations that end up in immediate financial crisis with any disruption. We will target services that will have the most impact on speeding up the human and economic recovery from COVID-19 such as food insecurity, medical needs, housing and shelter, and childcare and senior services, to name a few.
Flexibility and agility are critical at this stage of COVID-19 nonprofit response. A short fillable-form application has been developed for quick processing. Click the icon to be taken to the application.
Recovery Fund Review Team consists of representatives from both Butler County United Way and the Hamilton Community Foundation.
At this time, the application process has been suspended, pending the finalization of the remaining approvals which has depleted the fund. Should further funds become available, the application process will resume. In the meantime, we will be analyzing survey responses that we have received to plan for the future as we move into the recovery phase of this pandemic.
Currently, the pool of funds available for distribution is $450,000. As of June 18, 2020, the following grants have been approved, totalling $424,000:
In addition, $50,000 was granted to the Great Miami Valley YMCA from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in support of childcare services for first responders.
Below is the breakout of how the funds were distributed: