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Emmet County Community Foundation Allocates $15,000 to Emmet County’s COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund

Emmet County Community Foundation
April 15, 2020

The Emmet County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, has allocated $15,000 of its 2020 discretionary grant funding to the Emmet County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. This fund was established to provide a flexible, responsive funding source to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Emmet County.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we live and is impacting all facets of our local community, especially our nonprofit sector, so the decision to allocate $15,000 in grant funding to the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund was a unanimous one,” said Tena Hanson, chair of the Emmet County Community Foundation Governing Committee. “We hope other individuals, businesses and organizations in Emmet County also recognize that the need is great right now and join the collaborative effort to support our community by contributing to the fund.” 

The Emmet County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund provides an opportunity for the public to give in response to local needs related to this disaster. Giving through the Community Foundation provides reassurance that donations will be used to quickly move resources where they are most needed, especially as these needs evolve. Gifts can be made to the fund by going to and clicking on the “Give Today” button. Gifts can also be directed to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Checks should be made out to Emmet County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. Online gifts are strongly encouraged in order to make funding accessible for quick response to needs.

Grants from the disaster response fund will be administered in collaboration with organizations coordinating pandemic response efforts. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the COVID-19 disaster, making it possible to move resources quickly and to adapt to evolving needs in subsequent phases of the crisis recovery efforts.

Grant awards for the Emmet County Community Foundation’s 2020 grant cycle will be announced in mid-June. In 2019, a total of $115,000 in discretionary grants were awarded to 27 area nonprofit and government agency projects serving Emmet County.

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