Rapid Response Emergency Grants

Summary of Emergency Grants Made Between April 1 & June 22, 2020
$630,425 Awarded for 53 Grants

In March of 2020, the World Health Organization announced a global pandemic and the first cases of novel coronavirus in Pennsylvania quickly began to multiply. Recognizing the unprecedented health emergency facing our communities, the Partnership for Better Health moved swiftly to make over $630,000 in Rapid Response Emergency Grants available to local nonprofit organizations, to assist them in responding to the threat of COVID-19.

The emergency grants issued in the spring of 2020 ranged between $1,000 and $25,000. With a grant approval rate of 82 percent, the foundation awarded a total of 53 emergency grants that prioritized four key issues:
1. Ten emergency response service grants assisted EMS, fire and rescue organizations with the purchase of essential health supplies, equipment and related supports to ensure they remain highly effective during the pandemic;
2. Essential health service grants to 12 organizations helped ensure that primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and social-emotional services continue to operate in clean, protected or virtual settings;
3. Grants to 24 nonprofits focused on meeting basic human needs, including food, shelter and rental assistance for individuals who have lost income and employment as a result of COVID-19; and
4. Grants to seven nonprofits supported safe child and youth care programs during the summer months, towards helping them meet higher CDC safety guidelines during the pandemic.

Click here, for a complete listing of the grants. This cycle of emergency grant funding is currently closed.