Whidbey Community Foundation awarded its second round of grants totaling $25,000 from the COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund. To date, WCF has awarded nearly $70,000 to 14 nonprofits from the COVID-19 Fund.
Grantees of the COVID-19 Fund serve all parts of Whidbey Island, and support our most vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic. The second round of grants were awarded to Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (CADA), the Coupeville and Oak Harbor Boys & Girls Clubs, Readiness to Learn, SPIN Café, and Toddler Learning Center. Funds will be used toward a variety of needs, including tele-health therapy for survivors of abuse, tele-health services for early childhood intervention, free childcare for healthcare workers and first responders, technology to support remote learning for homeless youth, and meal services for the homeless.
The COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund was started by WCF in March, with $25,000 seed funding designated by its Board of Directors. Through the generosity and support of the Island community and beyond, WCF has raised over $160,000 for this Fund.
WCF anticipates awarding several rounds of grants from the COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund. The initial phases will prioritize grants to community-based organizations that are serving those who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. The immediate focus areas include, but are not limited to: food insecurity, economic insecurity, housing insecurity, access to health care and prescription medications, costs related to mitigating virus transmissions, access to transportation, and access to childcare.
In addition to the COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund, WCF has begun a list of resources for nonprofits impacted by coronavirus which will be regularly updated on its website.
Whidbey Community Foundation was formed in 2016 to improve the quality of life on Whidbey Island by providing support for the nonprofit sector, assisting donors to build and preserve enduring assets for charitable purposes, and meeting community needs through financial awards.