Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is impacting every single person in the region, particularly those who were already struggling to make ends meet and have seen their income reduced or eliminated in recent weeks.

Your local United Way is stepping in to help. We are proudly supporting the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, which is housed at the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond and managed in partnership with Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia. United Way will be matching up to $100,000 in donations made to the fund through our website.

About the Fund

The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund is providing rapid support to community organizations that are meeting the needs of individuals and families most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is designed to be flexible in focus as needs change over time, and to complement other resources and responses at the national, state and local levels.

As a community, we will get through this…together. It’s how we have overcome challenges of the past, and it’s how we will build resiliency for the future. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people in our region. We are working collaboratively to be sure we’re leveraging everyone’s expertise to meet as many needs as possible.


The fund was designed to support multiple phases of funding focused on meeting acute response needs now and recovery over the longer-term. The fund initially addressed emergency response strategies such as health services, shelter for the homeless and food access. As the region reopens for business, the fund has expanded to also include longer-term recovery, such as rental assistance and employment support services.

An advisory committee consisting of representatives from the philanthropic, business and public sectors will review and distribute grants from the fund. To see grants awarded to date, click here.

The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund was created to collaboratively mobilize and organize as many resources as possible in times when our community needs it most. That time is now. As we learn more about the impact of the pandemic in our area, we know that many of our neighbors are struggling and they need our help. Join us to demonstrate that we are stronger together!

No administrative fees will be deducted from gifts to this fund, ensuring your full gift amount will directly support grant recipients.

  • Donate Online. Click here to donate online. United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will process all online gifts, which will then be added to the fund housed at the Community Foundation. United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will be matching up to $100,000 in donations made to the fund through our website.
  • Donate by Check. Make checks payable to the Community Foundation and send to their secure lockbox at P.O. Box 76495, Baltimore, MD 21275-6495. Please note “Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund” in the memo line.
  • Donate securities or other assets or make a recommendation from your donor advised fund. Please contact the Community Foundation at covid19donor@cfrichmond.org.

The fund’s advisory committee remains committed to moving resources quickly by reviewing requests on a rolling basis. As the fund begins to transition from response to recovery, an online application process is required for new requests.

Eligibility is limited to 501c3 organizations and public entities based in or primarily serving the Central Virginia area as defined in the FAQ. Priority will be given to organizations that are serving those most affected by the health, economic and social impacts of the COVID outbreak and that have demonstrated an ability to deploy resources quickly, effectively and to scale their efforts.

If you are an individual seeking assistance, please visit 211 as a comprehensive source of locally curated social services. If you are a small business, you may wish to learn more about the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program.


The COVID-19 Response Fund is the first activation of a regional emergency management and disaster response fund established through a partnership between the Community Foundation and the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia. Launched with an initial gift from the Community Foundation in March 2020, the fund has grown in excess of $4.6 million with generous seed funding from a cross-section of individuals, private foundations, corporations and other generous donors of the region.

  • Foundation and Community Partners: The Cabell Foundation, Jenkins Foundation, Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Robins Foundation, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, VCU Health System
  • Business Partners: Altria, Atlantic Union Bank, Bank of America, Capital One, CarMax Foundation, Dominion Energy, Genworth, Markel, Wells Fargo
  • Local Government Partners: The Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia, which represents 25 localities in Central Virginia.


For general inquiries, contact: covid19@cfrichmond.org

For media inquiries, contact:

Kimberly Russell
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond
(804) 402-6577

Brian Wachur
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
(301) 807-7723

 For more information about the fund, contact: customerservice@yourunitedway.org