Summit County, Utah (December 14, 2020) — Summit County, in partnership with Park City Community Foundation, is proud to announce the disbursement of $1 million through its Summit County COVID-19 Relief Grants process. These grants, awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofits operating in Summit County, seek to support individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Recipient community members who live or work in Summit County may have experienced job loss, loss of benefits or loss of housing, among other hardships.
Thirty-nine organizations applied for funding and requested a collective $3,149,426 in support. The Summit County COVID-19 Relief Grants committee recommended $1,000,000 to 18 organizations, focusing the majority of funding on rent assistance and financial stability for low-income and underserved communities. Areas of focus also included food security, access to reliable healthcare systems, access to mental health services, access to early childhood education and care, rapid testing systems and more.
“These grants reflect our consideration of the long-term needs of individuals and families as the pandemic continues to impact our county,” Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said. “The Community Foundation is administering the grants and were able to bring a critical assessment of needs, research and data, and share the concerns of those most impacted to ensure the grants meet the needs of our residents.”
“COVID-19 is still having an enormous impact on the Summit County community and these grants aim to alleviate some of the hardships,” Diego Zegarra, Community Impact Director at Park City Community Foundation said. “Our deep relationships with local nonprofits and the diverse perspectives from the Grants Committee have been a great benefit in selecting the organizations that have the ability to quickly and efficiently help those in need.”
The nine-person Grants Committee’s process was informed by their own experience working in the community and the results of a survey that included input from 198 families impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 public health emergency, administered by Park City Community Foundation. The survey highlighted housing security as the top issue being faced by the community.
Extensive follow-up, measurement and robust evaluation of the impact of the grants will be conducted by Park City Community Foundation. An impact report is expected by July of 2021 as a way to relay outcomes met through the programs funded.
Grant recipients will receive checks this week and will need to spend funds by July 2021. See list of grant recipients »
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.
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