Rapid Response Emergency Grants

Summary of Emergency Grants Made Between Spring and Fall 2020
$850,947 Awarded for 78 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 $850,000 in Rapid Response Emergency Grants available to local nonprofit organizations, to assist them in responding to the threat of COVID-19.

To date, these grants have ranged between $1,000 and $25,000, in support of the four priorities listed below.

  1. Emergency Response Services: Grants are assisting nonprofit emergency service responders with the purchase of essential health supplies, protective gear and equipment that is specifically designed to keep responders healthy and effective as they field COVID-19 calls.
  1. Basic Health & Human Services: Grants are assisting health and human service organizations in responding to the emergency needs of vulnerable community members by ensuring that they continue to have access to essential health services and related needs. Funds are being used to offer increased mental health, substance use disorder and social-emotional services, and to ensure sanitized, protected or virtual settings for the delivery of services.
  1. Rent & Shelter Assistance: Grants are helping nonprofits meet the increased demand for emergency housing services and outreach, social distancing practices and safe quarantine environments. Grants are also supporting agencies in providing rental assistance to people who have been laid off, lost income and/or became newly unemployed because of COVID-19.
  1. Safe Child Services: Grants are assisting childcare and related programs in meeting CDC guidelines to operate safely during the pandemic. Funding supports the purchase of sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment and the additional staffing needed to allow for adequate in-person supervision of smaller groups of children.

We have opened a special third round of Rapid Response Emergency Grants. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2021. For a complete report of our spring 2020 emergency grants, click here. For a report of our fall 2020 emergency grants, click here.