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 were 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 $450,000 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 led 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 August 1, 2020, the five Funds have collectively raised $763,244 from more than 400 donations.  

Grantmaking Results

The Funds provided over $763,000 in grants to 101 nonprofit organizations.  The Funds awarded grants based on immediate and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union Counties. 

Phase I grants supported requests from organizations with a variety of needs including: food, rental and utility assistance; diapers and infant needs; personal protection equipment for staff and clients; laptops, tablets and connectivity devices for telehealth services; and finance assistance for small businesses.  

View Phase I Grant Recipients

Phase II funded requests for on-going emergent needs, such as personal protection equipment, food, rent, and childcare. Additional awards focused on long-term recovery needs, such as funds lost due to canceled fundraisers and unbudgeted costs related to new initiatives created due to the pandemic.

View Phase II Grant Recipients