A third round of grants have been awarded to Quad Cities-area nonprofits supporting the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are made possible because Quad Citizens continue to donate to the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund at the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

The fund recently surpassed $1 million in contributions, and provides critical support for basic needs during the pandemic. Nonprofits in the Quad Cities region have requested more than $3 million in support since the fund was activated nearly two months ago. With this round, a total of $695,772 from the Disaster Recovery Fund has been granted swiftly back into the community

Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives at the Community Foundation, said that as immediate needs are being addressed, the committee reviewing applications is also turning attention to the long-term impacts of this pandemic on organizations and people in the community.

“The Disaster Recovery Fund was started four years ago to support long-term recovery efforts after a disaster hits our community,” she said. “Now nearly two months into this pandemic, we are seeing where attention must be paid in the weeks ahead, and the year ahead. We will continue to seek the additional resources needed for our community to recover, and adjust to the new demands this pandemic will place on ensuring the health and wellness of all people in our community.”

A total of $105,000 was granted this week to seven organizations:

Churches United of the Quad City Area, to expand provision of food to people being provided shelter in hotels—$7,500

Davenport Community Schools, to enhance student safety and access to food and technology—$30,000

Friendly House, to expand critical services to populations in need—$10,000

Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, to expand critical business education and support services to members and minority-owned businesses—$10,000

Quad Cities Community Broadcasting Group, to expand critical messaging and information to African American communities—$7,500

Two Rivers YMCA, to expand essential childcare services—$25,000

WVIK Quad Cities NPR, to expand news and reporting on COVID-19 response—$15,000

Right now, the next $50,000 donated to the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund is being matched dollar-for-dollar by United Way of the Quad Cities Board Chairperson Linda Bowers. To make a gift, go to www.qccommunityfoundation.org.

To Make A Gift To The Quad-Cities Disaster Recovery Fund

Online: www.qccommunityfoundation.org

By text: Text “UNITEQC” (use all caps) to 41444

By mail, with checks made out to the “Quad Cities Community Foundation”:

Quad Cities Community Foundation

Attn: Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund

852 Middle Road / Suite 100

Bettendorf, IA 52722

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