COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund

The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (NCHF) has formed the COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund to partner with private philanthropy, corporate partners, and major gift donors to rapidly meet critical needs of organizations across North Carolina as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The fund will deploy resources to organizations working on the frontlines of the crisis to address emerging, acute, and long-term needs. The fund is designed to bolster and support the efforts of government and public health officials responding to all aspects of the outbreak in North Carolina.

 

Multiple rounds of proactive and responsive grants will focus on healthcare entities, and their community partners, responding to the crisis across the state.

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR ROUND 2 ENDED JUNE 22.

The Fill the Gap Response Fund was formed to support North Carolina’s people and places disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  Evidence suggests the pandemic is spreading more rapidly, and leading to poorer health outcomes, among vulnerable communities. The Fill the Gap Response Fund will support efforts to intentionally address health disparities worsened by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Applications should be consistent with the mission of the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation: “to foster and accelerate the collective impact of hospitals, health systems and community partners to improve the health of North Carolinians.” Additional priority will be given to applications that focus on one or both of the following areas:

 

  1. Supporting underserved populations: Services for rural and/or underserved populations that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (e.g., uninsured, communities of color, immigrant populations, etc.)
  2. Supporting essential frontline workers: Activities addressing the social and behavioral health needs of healthcare and other frontline workers (e.g., administrative, food service, security, facilities maintenance, cleaning, and other services to hospital or non-hospital entities) as result of COVID-19

 

We encourage organizations that meet one or more of the following criteria to apply:

  • Led by person(s) from underrepresented groups
  • Demonstrate a commitment to racial equity both internally and through their programs
  • Are addressing domestic violence and/or trauma
  • Support Native American, American Indian, or Tribal communities
  • Experience difficulty accessing available federal and state resources
  • Are currently embedded in rural services and networks, as applicable

 

A total of up to $1.5 million will be granted in Round Two. Grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000 for individual organizations and up to $250,000 for collaborative applications. The Fill the Gap Response Fund Advisory Committee expects to recommend funding 10-15 grants during the second cycle of funding.

Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund, grants are limited to:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Public sector agencies serving rural North Carolina counties
  • Religious organizations with or without a non-profit designation

We are not able to fund:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit businesses
  • Labor unions or
  • 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations

Please note, it is not required that you partner with a healthcare organization in order to be eligible to receive grants from the Fill the Gap Response Fund.

The application period for Round 2 funds ended June 22. Please submit all questions to covidrelief@ncha.org.

Application materials:

Application must include:

  1. Proposal Narrative
  2. Organizational Overview Questionnaire
  3. Proposal Budget
  4. Fiscal Year 2020-to-date Operating Budget (Actuals vs Budgeted YTD)
  5. IRS Form 990 (2018 or later)

Allen Smart | Consultant | Rural Philanthropy | Ex-Officio 

Juan Austin | Senior Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations | Wells Fargo 

Ret Boney | Executive Director | North Carolina Network of Grantmakers 

Nicole Dozier | Director, Health Advocacy Project | North Carolina Justice Center 

Erika Ferguson | Director, Healthy Opportunities | North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 

Jeffrey Simms | Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management | Gillings School of Global Public Health 

Julia Wacker | Senior Vice President | North Carolina Healthcare Foundation 

First round grant recipients include: 

Eastern North Carolina 

  • Atkinson – Black River Health Services and Manos Unidas – The COVID-19 Farmworker Resilience Project aims to expand capacity to serve migrant farmworkers during the pandemic. Grant funds will be used to disseminate culturally sensitive educational information, critical first aid and hygienic suppliesso farmworkers can take steps to protect their health and understand how to self-monitor any symptoms and protect themselves, their families, and communities. 
  • Edenton – Boys & Girls Club of the Albemarle – Funds will be used to expand a program called Youth Connect, in which a licensed clinical social worker provides counseling and clinical case management services to young people to address stress and isolation related to COVID-19. 
  • Elizabeth City Elizabeth City State University – Through and Beyond COVID-19 (T-ABC) is a community outreach program designed to reduce disparate impacts of COVID-19 on AfricanAmericans through health promotionefforts in 21 rural counties. AfricanAmericans and individuals in rural communities are more affected by COVID-19 morbidity and mortality than other groups. 

Central North Carolina – Greater Charlotte and Statesville 

  • Belmont – House of MercyThis project supports essential frontline workers and underserved populations, including people living with HIV who are uninsured, lack access to healthcare, and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 
  • Charlotte – Camino Community Development Corp. – Camino is a bilingual, multicultural center serving uninsured Latino families through a health clinic, mental health clinic, food pantry, and other services. During COVID-19, many patients either cancelled or did not attend appointments due to loss of income. Funds will support staff and provide scholarships to help patients pay for their clinic visits. 
  • Salisbury – Lutheran Services Carolinas – The Feeding LSC Heroes Project will provide food and household basics to frontline workers caring for older adults living in LSC’s senior care communities. These workers are under stress as they juggle caring for vulnerable seniors at work, homeschooling children, contending with financial strain, and feeling anxious about contracting or spreading the virus. This project will help eliminate some of the financial burdensthey face. 
  • Statesville – Iredell Memorial Hospital Iredell Physician Network Grant funds will support video visits and remote monitoring of patients in rural areaswho have one or more comorbidity and who are at increased of complications if they contract COVID-19.  

Central North Carolina – Triangle Region, Fayetteville and Lumberton  

  • Benson – NC Farmworkers Project An existing medical mobile unit will be outfitted as a mobile hotspot for farmworker housing sites. This will ensure better access to telehealth appointments, since many farmworkers lack internet access or good cell phone service. 
  • Benson Benson Health Farmworker Outreach Funding will help the outreach program transition from a clinic-based healthcare model to a mobile model of providing primary care and COVID-19 testing to seasonal farmworkers. 
  • Carrboro – Refugee Community Partnership RCP will assist non-English speaking refugee and immigrant communities in Orange, Durham, Chatham, and Alamance Counties with COVID-19 related health and safety information and provide individuals with help  accessing services. 
  • Fayetteville – Cape Fear Valley Health System Funds will be used for aprogram to help essential frontline workers in five counties with behavioral health services. The program will also provide behavioral health services to patients using telehealth. The project will also assist underserved patients being discharged from hospitals with medication, medical equipment, and transportation. 
  • Lumberton – Southeastern Health Robeson County had the highest increase in positive COVID-19 patients in the state in April. Local communities have traditionally faced healthcare challenges that include limited income, lack of transportation, and low literacy levels. A mobile care model will use audiovisual technology to connect patients to specialty care and patient education. 
  • Oxford – Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina – The club will provide hot, healthy dinners to youth ages 5 to18 at club locations in Oxford, Henderson, and Roanoke Rapids during weekdays at no cost to the families served. 
  • Siler City – Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County Funds will help allow for opening a satellite office in Lee County and expand advocacy, community education, and outreach efforts to protect the rights of poultry processing workers and ensure the community has access to emergency assistance. Funds will also offset some expenses related to the Chatham Solidarity Fund, which distributes money to families who do not qualify for stimulus checks due to their immigration status. 

Western North Carolina 

  • Asheville – Pisgah Legal Services Pisgah Legal Services will provide free civil legal services and advocacy to low-income people in Western North Carolina affected by COVID-19, with a focus on rural and underserved communities. Through medical-legal partnerships and referrals from NC Cares 360, the organization will help resolve barriers to health for at least 100 patients (250 people in the household) who identify as being impacted by COVID-19 between June 2020 and May 2021. These patients will be low-income people from under-served rural communities or from communities of color. 
  • Brevard – Neighbors in Ministry/Rise & Shine Rise & Shine After-Schooland Sharing House have created a neighborhood popup market of fresh fruits and vegetables for the historic Rosenwald Community in Brevard, a mostly African-American, economically disadvantaged area in Transylvania County. Funds will feed 75 to 125 multi-generational families weekly for up to six months. 
  • Hayesville – Clay County NC Emergency Medical Services Funding will allow the county to educate, equip, and enhance the paramedic response team, allowing for greater access to health care for vulnerable, underserved and uninsured populations, while reducing long-term EMS call volume and undue burden on local Emergency Departments. This project will add a layer of protection for those experiencing trauma, interpersonal violence, or behavioral health needs. 
  • Hayesville – Hinton Rural Life Center Using existing trusting relationships, volunteers will equip vulnerable neighbors with resources to help their physical and mental wellbeing. 
  • Hendersonville – Heartwood Refuge Funding will support existing agencies that serve migrant workers with providing basic needs such as beds, linen, food, medicine, and urgent health care (transportation, costs and medicine). The grant will also help enable children of undocumented seasonal workers, who do not enroll their elementary-aged children in public school due to fear of deportation, to be home-schooled with qualified academic support. 

Read the press release here.

All documents available in Spanish upon request. Estos documentos están disponibles a petición del interesado.

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