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.
Granting Approach (updated 4/1/2020)
The Community Foundation and United Way, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the Fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery.
During Phase One, priority will be given to nonprofits that are providing direct assistance to vulnerable individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Such assistance may include the provision of food and hygiene supplies, housing, childcare, and/or health services. All grants in phase one will be related to the increased demand due to COVID-19 and the Safer-at-Home Order. The immediate priority is emergency relief and support. We will consider additional requests as the weeks unfold and as funds are available.
Phase One includes proactively identifying potential grant recipients and 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 will not be a formal application process for Phase One. Agencies providing immediate basic needs relief 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/. For questions on the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund, contact Amy Putzer at [email protected].
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.
COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits
- Chronicle of Philanthropy – Dec. 21, 2020: Nonprofits Win Extended Charitable Deductions and Paycheck Protection Loans
- Chronicle of Philanthropy – Tools + how-to articles updated daily: Help for Nonprofits During the Coronavirus and Uncertain Economic Times”
- Inside Charity – offers an overview of information to help organizations ensure they take the necessary steps for forgiveness of their PPP loans.
- Otto Bremer Trust Emergency Fund – The Otto Bremer Trust has established a $50 million emergency fund through its Community Benefit Financial Company subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by and responding to the pandemic.