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Posted on: December 10, 2020

$3.5 Million in Pandemic Relief Awarded to Non-Profits

Chester County’s Commissioners have stepped up to help local nonprofits recover from the impact of COVID-19. Through the Restore Chester County Nonprofit Innovation & Resiliency Fund, the Commissioners obtained $3.5 million in federal CARES Act funding.  

The Nonprofit Innovation & Resiliency Fund was administered by the Chester County Community Foundation with input from regional funders, United Ways, and Chester County government departments. In November & December, the Community Foundation awarded 134 grants ranging from $2,500 to $100,000 to Chester County based nonprofits.  

To breakdown the grant allocations by field of interest: 

  • $2.5 million was awarded for human services
  • $376,000 was awarded to art, culture, and history organizations 
  • $361,000 was awarded to education 
  • $176,000 was awarded for health services and 
  • $113,000 was awarded to environmental causes

Geographically, $1.5 million was awarded to nonprofits in central Chester County; and approximately a half-million each to nonprofits located in northern, southern, eastern and western Chester County.

The COVID-19 outbreak is far from over. Nonprofits will continue to face immediate and long-term challenges while serving the public good. The public is urged to support the nonprofits through financial contributions, donations of supplies, and volunteering online and in-person. Details of nonprofit needs, as summarized in their COVID proposals, is online at https://chescocf.org/chesco-fund-grants/

For more information about Chester County funders and their interests please visit their respective websites. For more information about the Community Foundation’s response to COVID-19 please visit https://chescocf.org/covid-19/. To apply for a grant through the Community Foundation please visit https://chescocf.org/receive/apply-for-grants/. 


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(L to R): Karen Simmons; Beth Harper Briglia, CAP, CPA; Commissioner Josh Maxwell; Michael DeHaven, CPA; Commissioner Marian Moskowitz; Commissioner Michelle Kichline


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Rosa Davila, Triage Coordinator/Interpreter of The Clinic

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About the Chester County Community Foundation – Headquartered in West Chester’s historic Lincoln Building, the Chester County Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter so their legacy philanthropy makes a difference now and forever.  The Community Foundation holds nearly $75 million in trust and annually awards $6 million in grants and scholarships. www.chescocf.org

About the Brandywine Health Foundation – The Brandywine Health Foundation’s mission is to advance a more equitable, resilient, and healthy Greater Coatesville community. The Brandywine Health Foundation has distributed over $18 million in grants and scholarships. Its new 2020-2022 strategic plan focuses on three priorities and outlines future investments to improve the social, economic, environmental, and political challenges that impact healthy living. www.brandywinefoundation.org

About the Chester County Fund for Women & Girls – The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls leads and unites the community through philanthropy and advocacy to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive. For over 20 years, CCFWG has raised awareness about the critical needs of women and girls, and has awarded over $3.3 million to 75 local non-profit organizations. 

About the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation – The vision of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation is to make the greater Phoenixville region one of the healthiest places to live and work in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They work to improve health care access, service delivery, and better quality of life for vulnerable populations in our community. 

About the United Way Chester County – The mission of United Way of Chester County is to unite people and mobilize resources to build a stronger community. Their vision for Chester County is a community where all residents have the opportunity to achieve a vibrant and healthy quality of life. 

About the United Way Southern Chester County – United Way of Southern Chester County works to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power and resources of our community; to provide local non-profit agencies with needed financial, professional, and strategic support; and to ensure that contributions fund programs that effectively move people from crisis to independence.

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