COVID-19 Community Response Fund

United Way Fox Cities and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region partnered to establish the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The fund within the Community Foundation supports local nonprofit and other community organizations engaging in immediate basic needs relief, short-term response, and longer-term recovery in Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Both organizations are starting the fund with $50,000 each, for a total of $100,000 and are asking for additional donations from the community.

To make a donation:
  • Checks can be made payable to the Community Foundation/COVID-19 and mailed to Community Foundation, 4455 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, WI 54914.
  • Donations online can be made at
  • Every dollar donated into the fund will be put into action in the community. The Community Foundation is waiving all credit card and administrative fees for this fund.
  • Approved grantees will be published on United Way ( and Community Foundation ( websites.
To request funding: 

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden nonprofit organizations, during the first phase, there will not be a formal application process for the fund. Agencies providing immediate basic needs relief can email to share their needs so they can be considered during the granting process.

Additional Information:

The Community Foundation and United Way, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. During the first phase, priority will be given to community-based organizations providing basic needs services to people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. This phase includes proactively identifying potential grant recipients and using input, guidance and research from organizations and others in the community to make grant decisions.

Grants will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent granting phases. Grants from the fund will be recommended by an advisory committee, consisting of representatives from the Community Foundation and United Way, and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.