Fund offers $2 million in grants for coronavirus relief

An emergency fund established by the Charlottesville Area Community Fund and several partner agencies will offer at least $2 million in grants to individuals and households affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including in Louisa County.

The partnership began accepting grant applications on March 23. Anyone experiencing hardship as a result of the virus and its economic impacts can request assistance at (434) 234-4490 between 9 and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

“As a region of interconnected people, we have the opportunity and responsibility to care for one another,” said Brennan Gould, CACF president and chief executive officer. “I am extremely grateful to the generous donors who have contributed to this effort so far."

Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle are also partners in the effort.

Gould said the foundation will also make targeted grants to community-based organizations that provide basic assistance, including food, housing and medical supplies. Interested organizations should contact ebugg@cacfonline.org to discuss their needs.

The fund is accepting donations. To give, go to this web link: bit.ly/2WbL3zO. Checks made payable to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, with Community Emergency Response Fund written in the memo line, should be mailed to Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1767, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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