What is the focus of the Fund?
- To provide general operating grants to local nonprofit organizations or Community Based Organizations (“CBO”) with deep roots in the community that have been adversely impacted by the crisis
- To provide additional support to community-based organizations that are working to assist individuals who have been significantly impacted by the crisis. Priority will be given to
- Residents, especially children, with food insecurity
- Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave
- Individuals who lost wages and are facing an immediate threat to their well-being
- Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures
Given the dynamic nature of this moment, the Fund intends to provide grants on a rolling basis and adapt to changing circumstances from acute immediate needs to longer-term recovery.
Who is involved?
A group of cross-sector lead partners have/must come together to establish and support the fund—Philanthropic/Collaborative Partners: various private and corporate foundations and philanthropic individuals, the Luzerne Foundation, the William McGowan Charitable Foundation, Can Do, United Way of Wyoming Valley, United Way of Greater Hazleton, CareerLink for Luzerne County. Public Partners: the City of Wilkes-Barre, City of Pittston, City of Hazleton, Luzerne County Government, Family Service Association of NEPA and it “211” Help Line Service, the NEPA Legislative Delegation, etc. Business and Private Partners: Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, the Back Mountain Chamber, Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, NEPA Alliance, local businesses of all types, and charitably inclined individuals. And others are welcome and encouraged to join!
How will grantmaking decisions get made?
The Luzerne Foundation will administer the Fund and the grants. (The Foundation will not assess any fees to manage or administer the Fund.)
Funding decisions will be made by a Community Advisory Group that will consist of diverse leaders from across the County. The Community Advisory Group will operate in a non-discriminatory manner and work to ensure the community’s highest priorities and greatest needs are met to the best of its collective ability.
The grantmaking process and selection criteria are under development and will be influenced by fund size and number of contributions. Funding applications will be available by late-March or early April.
Donations may be made online by clicking the Donate Now button at the top or by sending a check payable to the Covid-19 Fund at The Luzerne Foundation, 34 South River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Please contact The Foundation directly at 570.822.2065 for more details.