FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. However, based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 non-profit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 non-profit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, initially this Fund will be allocated to established and known community-based organizations, including the Golden Backpack Program, the Christian Action Guild and the Neighborhood Rehab Project. These organizations are at the “front lines” at the moment and have experience and a reputable history of providing people and families in our Golden community with the most needed services and support. As this crisis continues to unfold, there may be other unknown needs that arise that the Fund will address at that time. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on this page.

Here are some additional resources available to our Golden community that is listed on the City’s COVID-19 Information Page:

When will you share who you fund?

We anticipate making a first round of investments in the coming weeks, and, will publish the list of selected grantees on the Golden Civic Foundation website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you.

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Community Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible in order to quickly address the most critical issues in our community.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the citizens located in the City of Golden

My non-profit organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting non-profit, aid organizations in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. The Golden Civic Foundation will be working closely with the City of Golden and local non-profit leaders to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest need in our City that has been most impacted by COVID-19. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund at this time. You may email us at contactus@goldencivicfoundation.org to make sure we are aware of your organization’s work supporting economically vulnerable residents and families.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Community Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible in order to quickly address the most critical issues in our community.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle supporting critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather it is working to facilitate getting targeted resources into the community quickly, where they are needed most. If the COVID-19 Response Fund priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation. However, this is a critical time for so many, including the non-profit 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. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we have greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the outbreak. As other complimentary funds and efforts develop we will be sure to keep partners informed.

What are your funding priorities?

We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now, and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to assess and evolve our funding strategies.

Is there a fee to contribute?

With a focus on getting resources out immediately to the community during this critical time, there is no administrative fee for donating to the Fund. If paying by cash or check or other methods (i.e. Donor Advised Funds) 100% of your donation will be awarded to the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Credit card donations will incur a 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction standard processing fee via the Give Lively donor platform (note: Donors have the option to cover these fees if preferred)

Donor Advised Funds and checks may also be mailed to: Golden Civic Foundation, Attn: C-19CRF Fund, P.O. Box 1538, Golden, CO 80402.