Park City, Utah (Monday, July 6, 2020) – Today Park City Community Foundation announced that it has provided critical support and recognition to local nonprofits organizations, awarding them with annual Community Fund grants and with grants from the Community Response Fund for COVID-19. Grants totaling $620,000 are being given out to support high-impact nonprofits.
Because of the dire need that many nonprofits are experiencing due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, the Community Foundation decided to make its annual Community Fund donations in July, rather than September. With the addition of COVID-19 stabilization grants from its Community Response Fund, the total awarded is 2.5 times more than grants from last year, an unprecedented amount for the Community Foundation.
“Summit County has been hard hit by COVID-19. We have the highest unemployment rate in Utah and our friends and neighbors are struggling to pay rent and put food on the table,” says Anna Frachou, Board Member and Grants Chair of Park City Community Foundation. “These grants have huge impact in greater Park City and allow organizations that offer important services to our community to prevent homelessness and hunger and stay afloat.”
Community Response Fund Grants Now Total $895,000
In early March, Park City Community Foundation activated its Community Response Fund to support locals who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. A first phase of grants from the fund totaling $500,000 was rapidly awarded to eight health and human services organizations helping people who are struggling with rent, food security, and other urgent needs. The Community Response Fund is now awarding an additional $395,000 in stabilization phase grants that provide unrestricted support to 28 nonprofits to help offset the economic impacts of COVID-19.
$2.4 Million Raised by Park City Community Foundation for COVID-19
Generous donors, businesses partners, community groups, and local government have joined the Community Foundation to support the Community Response Fund for COVID-19. However, there is still a significant gap between donations that have come in and what the Community Foundation expects to be needed for local nonprofits to get through the coronavirus pandemic intact and able to provide their services.
$500,000 Remains to be Raised for COVID-19
The Community Foundation is asking for contributions of any size to help get Park City and Summit County through stabilization and recovery. Woodward Play It Forward Fund is currently matching donations up to $75,000 to the Community Response Fund. And the Community Foundation itself is matching grants given directly to 28 nonprofit organizations at https://parkcitycf.org/giving-guide/.
2020 Annual Community Fund Grants Total $225,000
The annual Community Fund supports Park City’s most pressing needs and 42 organizations are being awarded with grants in 2020. Now in its thirteenth year, Park City Community Foundation has granted over $1.8 million to nonprofits that serve the greater Park City area through this fund alone. These grants will provide mental health support, youth arts and sports programs, high quality affordable childcare, trails and open space, affordable housing, legal assistance, and much more.
“Local nonprofits are critical in making Park City the great place that it is,” said Katie Wright, Executive Director of Park City Community Foundation. “We want them to succeed during these difficult times when we need them most, and we are honored to support them in accomplishing their missions.”
About Park City Community Foundation
Park City Community Foundation plays a vital role in solving the most challenging problems in Park City. We care for and invest in our people, place, and culture by bringing together local nonprofits, donors, and community leaders to contribute financial resources and innovative ideas to benefit all the people of Park City—now and in the future. As the home of Live PC Give PC, Women’s Giving Fund, Solomon Fund, and other important initiatives, the Community Foundation has brought millions of dollars to the greater Park City community and Summit County. Learn more about donating, volunteering, fundraising and getting involved at parkcitycf.org.
Media Contact: Christine Coleman, Park City Community Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-209-8506.