Macon County Emergency Response Fund

Our community response to COVID-19 - over $389,000 granted to assist Macon County front-line service and advocacy organizations.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, The Community Foundation of Macon County worked quickly to activate the Macon County Emergency Response Fund. The Foundation team is grateful to our Board of Directors for committing quickly and contributing generously to assist area nonprofits. To date, the Macon County Emergency Response Fund has distributed more than $389,000 of grant funding to assist front-line service and advocacy organizations.

Your donations support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis. Click here to donate to the Macon County Emergency Response Fund.

The Community Foundation has administered grants from the Emergency Response Fund in collaboration with county organizations coordinating the pandemic response. Funds have been released on a continual basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of this crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and to adapt to evolving needs. The Fund is designed to complement the work of nonprofit organizations within our community and to expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

Click here to view Macon County Emergency Response Grants.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Macon County Emergency Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. The grantmaking process of The Community Foundation of Macon County prioritizes 501c3 organizations that are recognized by the IRS as operating public charities. Also, we are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly. The Fund is specifically for nonprofit organizations in Macon County.

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather it works to facilitate the process of getting more targeted resources into the community where they are most needed. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or have depended heavily on public gatherings in the past to meet their missions.

We are committed to being here for our community.