Community Response and Resilience Fund FAQs

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

The Community Response and Resilience Fund was established to provide flexible resources to organizations serving communities who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The Fund will solicit grant requests from organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience working with our community’s most vulnerable residents will be considered. The Fund is designed to complement and support public, private and other nonprofit efforts to respond to this situation.

I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience with and a history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on our website.

Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you. If you are looking for resources for individuals, please consider 211 and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

The Community Response and Resilience Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Hamilton County.

What type of requests will not be considered?

We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address the immediate needs and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In our first phase, we will solicit grant requests from community-based organizations that are serving communities that are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.

With limited resources we are not able to consider organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with the Community Response and Resilience Fund Committee to assess and evolve our funding strategies.

How will funding requests be reviewed and decisions be made?

The review of grant requests will be led by the Community Response and Resilience Fund Committee members. These members represent community, health and government sectors in Hamilton County who are committed to ensuring that resources reach communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak. COVID-19 is intensifying many inequities, which are likely to grow as the crisis unfolds.

Our grantmaking process and selection criteria are under development and will be influenced by the fund’s size. During this initial response phase, early identification of potential grant recipients will allow us to move quickly to strengthen the systems necessary to meet our greatest community needs.. This will allow us to continue fundraising throughout the immediate term and recovery phases, to move dollars quickly and adapt to emerging and evolving needs.

When will you share who you fund?

We anticipate making a first round of investments in the coming weeks, and will publish the list of selected grantees on the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga’s website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources.

How do I make a donation and is there a fee to contribute?

You can send a check or money order made out to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc. or CFGC and in the memo section put “Community Response and Resilience Fund” or CRRF to our address at 1400 Williams Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408.

You can also donate online. Our donations are securely processed by our nonprofit partner, Network for Good, with a 3% transaction fee to cover credit card fees, bank fees, and other processing costs. Please consider adding in an additional 3% so 100% of your donation goes to the Fund.

Can I designate my donation to a specific organization?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations for this fund. If you have a specific organization you would like to support, we encourage you to give directly to that organization.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather it is working to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where it’s needed most. If the Community Response and Resilience Fund priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation. However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we have greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long term ramifications of the outbreak.

How will the Fund shift gears if needed?

The Fund’s priorities may evolve as our city and county adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the urgency to provide immediate resources, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.