Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area United Way have launched a collaborative emergency financial response, the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund provides flexible financial resources to 501(c)(3) organizations working in the Oshkosh community who are disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Initial funding has been donated by Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area United Way.
The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund will be limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities within the Oshkosh area, with priority to those within the Oshkosh Area School District. Based upon the charitable structure of the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund, we are not able to fund businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and (501)(6) organizations.
Aid to individuals will be handled through nonprofit organizations in our region with established processes for determining need. If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing childcare, or other essential services, please call 2-1-1.
The Community Foundation and United Way, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, administer grants from the Fund to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. The grant process is designed to be flexible in its focus, nimble in its action, and to complement other resources and responses at the national, state, and local levels.
As the first impacts of the pandemic unfolded, the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund supported nonprofits needing to move services and staff remote; put safety protocols in place; and determine new staffing, volunteer and service delivery configurations.
As efforts have now shifted to nonprofit stabilization and recovery, we have updated our funding priorities to reflect emerging needs in our community. Current funding priorities include:
- Nonprofits providing direct assistance to vulnerable individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. Such assistance may include the provision of food and hygiene supplies, housing, childcare, or mental or physical health services.
- Short-term relief to nonprofits that are providing support for domestic and family violence, mental health needs, and substance abuse needs in our community.
- COVID-related, nonprofit outreach services for marginalized populations including, but not limited to, people of color, indigenous people, people who identify as LGBTQ+, immigrants, refugees, and migrants.
The grant team will accept requests for grant support as well as proactively identify potential grant recipients using input, guidance, and research from organizations and others in the community to make grant decisions. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden nonprofit organizations, there is not be a formal application process. Agencies seeking funding are encouraged to email Amy Putzer at [email protected] to share their needs so they can be considered during the granting process.
Read about the latest grants given to nonprofit partners at https://www.oshkoshareacf.org/tag/oshkosh-covid-19-relief-fund/.
To help our community prevent financial hardship caused by COVID-19, please consider an online donation of $25.00 or more today. 100% of the funds raised through the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to help those affected throughout our community. OACF and OAUW will cover administrative fees associated with donations to this fund.