The Iowa West Foundation, in partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, is currently accepting applications to the SWI Covid-19 Response Fund. The fund supports the following areas with emphasis on emergency needs for the vulnerable population throughout our geographic funding area.
Emergency Assistance to Vulnerable Populations
This funding would support those who are food insecure, shelter insecure, or facing acute behavioral health needs. Basic needs would be prioritized and applicants would be asked to identify their strategies for establishing ways to meet new needs or scale existing programs. Examples would include mobile pantries, expanded rental and utility assistance, meals on wheels, rural food deliveries, and support to homeless shelters and homeless needs.
Public Health Expanded Infrastructure
Recognizing that the existing infrastructure for public health was not designed for the current circumstances, this funding would support innovative approaches to responding to COVID-19, such as public information, drive-through testing, or other novel infrastructure. While hospitals are usually ineligible for Iowa West Foundation support, for the purposes of this fund alone, they would have the opportunity to apply given the above restrictions.
Continuity of Nonprofit Operations
This funding would support nonprofit partners who are unable to meet payroll as a result of fundraising loss, event cancellation, or other COVID-19 related impacts. Applicants would be asked to show an expected gap in their ability to support their staff during the near-term of 3-6 months. This would only be available to organizations that have offices in southwest Iowa. Specific priority should be given to existing multi-year funding recipients in this category.
Funding to Support Long Term Recovery Relief
Long term relief for needs that are not addressed by federal, state, and local relief programs.
The goal of the fund is to provide nimble, and rapidly deployed funding that can respond to the evolving needs. The Foundation is committed to looking at support for both the Foundation’s rural and urban systems and areas.
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