In times of extraordinary crisis, communities unite.  Nonprofits must collaborate, neighbors must care for each other and creative partnerships must be pursued among leaders across the region.  Now more than ever, we are called to explore new ways of thinking, to breakdown geographic boundaries and to identify collaborative opportunities in order to meet the needs of our communities.  Fueled by a partnership between the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) and regional United Ways, the COVID-19 United Community Funds have been established to accept contributions from philanthropists to support rapid response and recovery needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in Northcentral Pennsylvania.

Seeded with $250,000 from FCFP, these funds are designed to streamline the process for offering and receiving charitable support for those most impacted by this crisis.  The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, the Lycoming County United Way and the United Way for Columbia and Montour Counties will lead grantmaking efforts for each Fund with a focus around supporting the most vulnerable in our communities, ensuring basic needs for all residents and supporting nonprofit funding streams fractured by event cancellations and the disruption of regular operations.  Donors can direct donations to their community of choice and 100% of donations will be granted back to the community.  FCFP will not charge an administrative fee and will cover credit card fees for online donations.

The Funds will award grants in phases based on the ultimate funding pool to address immediate and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union Counties.  Scroll down to learn more about grantmaking goals, criteria, priorities and the process. 

Donor Information

For your convenience, you can make a secure online donation using the form below. If you prefer, you can mail a check payable to FCFP at 201 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 or call 570.321.1500 for more information.

Click here for Frequently Asked Donor Questions about the Funds.



Grant Information

FCFP and the regional United Ways continue to assess community needs to ensure that our region’s nonprofit community has the support they need to continue services, or as they plan to restart programs, during these unprecedented times.  The partners are in conversations with other funding agencies to coordinate grantmaking efforts without duplication or over-saturation. 

The timeline to open Phase II of the grant initiative is still under review.  Please continue to check back for updated information.   

View Phase I Grant Recipients

To learn more about grantmaking goals, criteria, priorities and the process, click here.

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