COVID-19 Fund Frequenty Asked Questions
I want to help. Can I give to the fund? Yes. We are all in this together. It will take all of us doing our part—from practicing good hygiene, calling to check in on our elderly neighbors—to get through this stronger. We will also need resources. If you want to donate please go to the Foundation's Network for Good page, where you will find a button to donate.
Should I give to this fund instead of making donations to nonprofits? The fund will assist in efforts to help channel resources that will have the highest impact and to facilitate coordination among entities. However, it was not created to replace other forms of giving, and we encourage you to connect with and give directly to any local agency to which you are drawn. This is a critical time for many nonprofits and the broader business community. Please continue to give to and patronize the organizations you regularly support and those that need your help at this critical time.
Is my contribution tax deductible? Yes, all contributions to the fund are tax deductible.
I want to donate. How can I do that? There are many ways to contribute:
- Credit card: PAHWF Network for Good COVID webpage.
- Check: Make payable to Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation. Put “COVID-19 Fund” in the memo line. Mail to: Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation 152 E High St. Suite 500, Pottstown, PA 19464 and include a completed donation form.
- Stock: Email Sheri Waldman at email@example.com for instructions.
Any questions about making a donation can be directed to Sheri Waldman at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to donate and restrict my gift to a particular grantee. Can I? To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, we’re not considering restricted donations to this fund. However, you may designate funds to assist in five areas of need:
- where needed
- social service
- food insecurity
- economic development
The Fund was created to provide a way to coordinate as many resources as possible. If you have a passion for a specific nonprofit, please consider donating to them directly.
Will all of my donation go to nonprofits or will there be a fee? 100 percent of donations go to nonprofits that receive grants from the Fund. If a donor gives through a donate button on the PAHWF website, Network for Good will ask if the donor would like to cover the credit card fee. That decision is up to each donor.
I’m a resident who lives in the Pottstown area. Can I apply to the fund? We understand many individuals and families are being affected by the outbreak. The Fund is focused on moving resources to community-based organizations that directly support local residents and families who are experiencing health, economic and social impacts from COVID-19.
While the Fund will not provide grants to individuals, we will be funding organizations that are trusted in communities and that are providing people and families with services and support. If you are an individual who needs help now, resources are available through the TriCounty Community Network’s Covid 19 Resource Page.
I’m not able to give money at this time but can I help in another way? Can I volunteer? Yes, please register to volunteer at RSVP . There is a section where you can learn about skills-based, virtual volunteer opportunities.
How will Fund leadership be aware of the most pressing community needs? The Foundation has partnered with Tri-County Community Network (TCN) to launch a community sustainability survey to gather information about the needs of nonprofit (501c3) organizations within the PAHWF service area. Results from this survey will assist in the prioritization of current and future initiatives, funding opportunities and collaborations. We will refer to this assessment information as we help to support the recovery of our region from the COVID-19 pandemic. All non-profits are encouraged to complete the short survey. Thank you in advance as we greatly appreciate your valuable insights.
The Foundation will continue to support nonprofits serving at-risk populations who reside in the Foundation’s service area and are experiencing the negative health and economic effects of COVID-19 right now. Regional data, such as the results of the Rapid Response: PHL Nonprofits and COVID-19 Survey will also inform our strategy and decision-making processes.
Will the Fund change its focus over time? The focus of the Fund will continue to prioritize organizations that serve vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve from effects of social distancing measures in the immediate term to a return to business-as-usual, the Fund may evolve to serve needs.
What types of grants will be made and what types of organizations can apply to the Fund? Funds will be largely distributed as general operating grants with the Fund focus being two-fold, with two different applications.
- Social Safety Net. Funding for nonprofits that demonstrate an increased demand for social safety net-related services for people who are disproportionately suffering from the COVID-19 health crisis and reside in the Foundation’s service area. Examples of the types of nonprofits that align with funding objectives: food pantries and meal delivery programs, institutions addressing inequities in digital access to public education, programs supporting mothers who are nursing infants, other organizations serving vulnerable populations. Priority will be given to agencies supporting immigrant populations and communities of color and delivering services in a way that is trauma-informed.
- Jump-Starting the Local Economy. Funding micro businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis and remain committed to continued revitalization efforts of economic and community development in the Foundation’s service area. Micro businesses are companies with annual sales and assets valued at less than $250,000 per year and with fewer than five full-time employees, including the owner. Examples of the types of micro businesses that align with funding objectives: businesses with minority and women owners, businesses that employ low- and moderate- income employees, and businesses located in a low-income census tract.
How will grant decisions be made? For applications to the Social Safety Net opportunity, grants will be made through a rapid review process overseen by two committees.
- Civic Leadership Committee: This Committee is primarily responsible for strategic oversight and fundraising. The group is chaired by Dave Kraybill, President of the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.
- Rapid Grants Advisory Committee: The Advisory Committee is composed of professionals representing Pottstown area anchor institutions with knowledge of agencies serving the Foundation’s Service Area who provide guidance and expertise during the review and selection processes. The Committee is chaired by Howard Brown, Program Officer at the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation. Committee members include Ashia Cooper and Craig Colistra of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, Donald Smith of Montgomery County Community College, Casey Fenoglio and Robin McMonagle from Pottstown Hospital Tower Health, David Livengood and Jaime Parris of Pottstown School District, and Cathy Skitko and Twila Fisher of the Hill School.
For applications to the Jump-Starting the Local Economy opportunity, mini-grants will be made through a decision-making process that is also composed of professionals representing Pottstown area anchor institutions. The group is led by Peggy Lee-Clark, Executive Director of the Pottstown Area Industrial Development Corporation.
Does a grant from the Fund impact other funding I may receive from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation? No, this will not impact other funding received.
Will there be more than one cycle of grants? We anticipate that there will be multiple grant cycles for this Fund with the first round of grants being distributed within the first two weeks of the fund’s launch. Additional funds will be solicited to support the fund and funds will be distributed as the situation continues to evolve.
May I apply again? If your organization is not chosen for the first round of grants to be distributed in any round, then your application may be included in the consideration set for future grants. You do not need to apply again. Should you need to apply for projects that are substantially different in nature, then an additional application may be submitted in subsequent grant rounds.
Is there a maximum grant amount? While there may be exceptions, we anticipate making grants no less than $500 and no larger than $2,500.
What are the reporting requirements of a grant? The fund will not add unnecessary burden to nonprofits already working beyond capacity. All grant recipients will be asked to submit a brief, final report.
If my organization’s application is approved, what will be the next steps? Once approved, your identified point of contact will receive an email that will verify your application has been approved, including the award amount, and will have instructions on how to sign and return the terms of grant, submit your organization’s W-9 and steps to finalize the grant agreement. Funds will be dispersed within a few business days after signed terms of the grant are received.
My organization is interested in resources from this fund. Can we be considered or apply? Please review closely the Fund criteria. If you perceive your organization is a good fit, then please fill in the short application found on the PAWHF website. Once submitted, applicants will receive a confirmation email with additional information.
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits and micro businesses in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. PAHWF is working closely with partners in the nonprofit and business community to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs of those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
I’m an individual that has been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me? While the fund cannot give money directly to individuals, it’s funding community-based organizations that have experience providing people and families with services and support. Initially, PAHWF is working to move resources to nonprofit and community-based micro businesses that are directly supporting families and individuals facing unprecedented or unexpected situations due to the coronavirus. As we begin to award grants, we will post them to our website. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you.
When will you share who receives a grant? We anticipate making the first round of grants within two weeks of the launch of the Fund. A list of grantees will be published on PAHWF’s website, along with a short description of the services and support they are providing through the grant. We will update our website as additional award distributions are made.
Is the Foundation office open? Our team is working remotely. We are practicing social distancing and following all protocols and procedures recommended by the Montgomery County Health Department, as well as state and federal mandates. We have moved all in-person events and internal meetings to occur in a virtual setting.
More questions? Please direct general questions about the fund to Howard Brown at email@example.com.