The Impact 100 Greater Peninsula and Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia are collecting donations for their Virginia Peninsula COVID-19 Response Fund to help local nonprofits during the coronavirus.
Any nonprofit who provide services on the Peninsula such as in Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of White, James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Smithfield, Williamsburg and York County can apply for the grants, which range from $1,000 to $5,000.
The deadline is April 30 and grant recipients will be notified by May 8.
Tasha Rose, co-chair of the Impact 100 Greater Peninsula, part of global organization that helps women in the community by raising money each year, said the local chapter is using a portion of their yearly pledge funds for the COVID-19 grants.
“We made a decision to shift some of our funds early with a different grant process,” she said, referring to the COVID-19 Response Fund.
The money is primarily coming from the organization’s members, essentially a women’s giving circle — Rose said and the goal is to raise $30,000.
CVF of Virginia will match whatever the organization donates to the fund, she added.
So far, Impact 100 has pledged $15,000.
Priority will be given to nonprofits who are helping “underprivileged and marginalized populations,” according to the grant’s application page.
When asked which nonprofits would fall into this category, Rose said nonprofits providing coronavirus-related services to the community such as the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, which is distributing breakfast to about 800 people a week.
“Obviously, the $5,000 doesn’t cover the whole cost, but will offset it,” she said. “It can be that simple of a request, and that is how we are overseeing applications at this point.”
Other examples of nonprofits who fit that criteria are Transitions Family Violence Services, the Menchville House, Natasha’s House and Achievable Dream, she said.
“We do provide funds to anyone who services those cities and counties,” she said, adding Virginia Beach organizations that service the Peninsula are also eligible for the grant. “As long as they use funds to service the Peninsula, they can apply.”
Rose noted the number of grants awarded is a little bit fluid and the goal is to raise more money to possibly do a second round of grants.
As of Thursday, 40 applicants have applied for the grants.
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