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 accepted over $500,000 in 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 were 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 continue to lead the 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. 

We are grateful for the support our community has shown.  As of June 30, 2020, the five Funds have collectively raised $517,344 from more than 400 donations.  

The first phase of grantmaking provided over $300,000 in grants to 33 nonprofit organizations and preparations are being made to begin the second phase of grantmaking.  The Funds will award grants 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.  

View Phase I Grant Recipients

Applications are now being accepted for Phase II funding
. Please see Grantee Information below.

Grantee Information

FCFP has launched the COVID-19 Common Application which will be used to grant a collective total of $461,942 through the COVID-19 United Community Funds. The amounts available by area are as follows:

Columbia and Montour Counties - $46,088
Lycoming County - $255,155
Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties - $117,359
Sullivan and Tioga Counties - $43,340

Application deadline was July 29, 2020. Notification will be made by September 17, 2020.

Click here to review the criteria and access the application through FCFP's online web portal.