The Rapid Response Fund at Galesburg Community Foundation issued the fourth round of grants to four local nonprofits serving the front lines due to COVID-19 in Knox and Warren Counties. The Rapid Response Fund stipulates that priority be given to local nonprofits providing front line services and nonprofits providing basic services to communities already vulnerable before the emergency or disproportionately affected by the emergency. Grants from the Rapid Response Fund are made possible thanks to generous local foundations, organizations and individuals.
Tiffany Springer, director of grants and programs for the Community Foundation said, “This round of grants from the Rapid Response Fund specifically focuses on ensuring that our local nonprofits providing educational support have the resources they need to serve our school children and their families. We know this school year looks very different from most and our nonprofits are stepping up to help ensure our students have what they need to safely learn. We are grateful to our community members who continue to give to ensure the needs of our region are met during this time.”
The following nonprofits serving Knox & Warren Counties were issued grants:
- Discovery Depot Children’s Museum- E-Learning Hub Materials and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Galesburg Christian School- PPE
- KCCDD- E- Learning Materials & PPE
- Warren County YMCA- E-Learning Hub Materials
To date, with the addition of these four grants, the Rapid Response Fund has issued a total of $243,500 to nonprofits serving Knox and Warren Counties. Contributions to the Rapid Response Fund reached $349,000, thanks to the initial $145,000 from the Community Foundation, The Twomey Foundation, the G.L. Vitale Family Foundation, the McClean Family Endowment Fund, the Warren County United Way, the United Way of Knox County, the Illinois COVID Relief Fund and many generous organizations and community members who have given to the fund with gifts of all sizes.
Grants from the Rapid Response Fund will be granted on a rolling basis during times of need, allowing for necessary resources to be available in the most responsive manner possible.