Macon County Emergency Response Fund

Our community response to COVID-19

The Community Foundation of Macon County activated the Macon County Emergency Response Fund. We are grateful to our Board of Directors for committing quickly and contributing generously so that we can assist area nonprofits. The Macon County Emergency Response Fund has distributed over $389,000 of grant funding, as a first step to assist front-line service and advocacy organizations.

Your donations have supported 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. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly. The Fund is 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 is working to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where it’s needed most. 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 depend heavily on public gatherings.

This is a moment of great uncertainty and disruption in our personal and professional lives. We do not yet know the full human, economic, and social impact of this pandemic. We are committed to being here for our community.