PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
|Fund Total||Funding Distributed||Fund Balance|
|$7.1 M||$3.2 M||$3.9 M|
As the public health response to COVID-19 in Pierce County escalated on March 13, 2020, United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered for an aligned philanthropic response to emerging community needs. Together, they launched the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund, seeded with $750,000 from GTCF. GTCF committed another $1 million in matching dollars for regional funders joining in the effort. Since the launch, numerous regional funders contributed to the fund, and have exceeded the matching amount. The chart above will be updated weekly to reflect the latest information about the fund balance.
The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund supports organizations providing services to address urgent needs and the disruption of basic human services to Pierce County’s most vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it.
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED partners are committed to delivering rapid funding to organizations in a way that supports their continued services to vulnerable populations with the fewest barriers possible.
With that in mind, this is not a typical grant application process. This process is designed to surface urgent and emerging needs in the community related to COVID-19 disruptions, elevate these funding needs to a broad networks of funders and GTCF fundholders, and rapidly move PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED funds into the community for those applicants that meet the criteria.
Requests will be accepted from organizations and entities with services based in Pierce County including tribal governments, local governments, school districts, 501c3 nonprofit organizations, intermediaries, and fiscally sponsored projects or collaborations. Vulnerable populations include, but are not limited to, people with food insecurity, people experiencing homelessness, communities of color, frontline workers, immigrants, people experiencing domestic violence, people needing behavioral health supports, people with disabilities, remote or isolated persons or families, and senior citizens.
- PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Request FAQ
- PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Request Example PDF
- PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Request How-To Guide
- PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Requests Information & Technical Support
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Timeline
Phase 1: Urgent Response
March 30, 2020 – April 2, 2020
$1M funding support of food access, shelter, and childcare for first responders, medical providers, and essential workers.
Phase 2: Rapid Response
April 2 – 30, 2020
Rolling Funding Request Review
$2M funding in support of urgent and emerging needs identified through online requests and surfaced through PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Community Response Committee.
Phase 3: Emerging Needs
May 2020 – September 2020
$2M funding in support of emerging needs identified through online requests and surfaced through PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Community Response Committee.
Emerging needs, if addressed now, allow organizations to creatively continue, adapt, and/ or adjust services during COVID-19 disruptions. Emerging needs:
- Are new challenges or newly critical issues that require significant system changes to meet
- Need more than just money, they will also need partnership
- Results in new approaches that ideally provide scalable solutions for larger sectors or at least information that could benefit larger sectors in operating under COVID-19 conditions and beyond
Funding will be across a variety of issue areas. Requests must be in support of vulnerable communities in Pierce County and need to align with the lead organization’s mission and work.
Phase 4: Reimagining
October 2020 – September 2021
As this situation continues to develop, PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED will post focus areas for funding.
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Committee
- Brad Cheney, Ben B. Cheney Foundation (Co-Chair)
- Dona Ponepinto, United Way of Pierce County (Co-Chair)
- Alisha Fehrenbacher, Elevate Health & One Pierce
- Cassandra Mitchell, KeyBank
- Georgia Lomax, Pierce County Library System
- Holly Bamford Hunt, Bamford Family Foundation
- Janece Levien, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
- Jeff Woodworth, Woodworth Family Foundation
- Lois Bernstein, MultiCare
- Nick Russell, The Russell Family Foundation
- Richard Woo, retired CEO, The Russell Family Foundation
- Seth Kirby, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
- Todd Silver, Todd & Teresa Silver Funds
- Tyler Zemanek, Windows of Hope Foundation
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED News
Bright side to COVID-19 pandemic? Mental health care easier to access in Pierce County (Tacoma News Tribune May 7, 2020)
Pierce County partnership amasses $5.1M to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis (Tacoma News Tribune April 15, 2020)
Tacoma TV CityLine with Dona Ponepinto and Kathi Littmann (April 2, 2020)
Regional Funders Unite To Give $4M For Pierce County During COVID-19 (March 26, 2020)
United Way and GTCF Launch COVID-19 Emergency Fund (South Sound Business March 25, 2020)
Here’s How You Can Help Pierce County Service Providers Respond to Coronavirus (Tacoma News Tribune March 24, 2020)