Our Response to COVID-19
Brown County United Way is honored to be a resource for our community, in good times and in challenging times. We have established an Emergency Response Fund. The fund will channel local assistance to proactively respond to impacts of the COVID-19 virus if needed, local flooding occurring during 2020, and other public, local crises that may arise as situations evolve. We are closely monitoring developments and working together with community partners to respond to emerging needs. Recognizing the situation is changing rapidly, please check back here regularly for the most current information.
Since July 2020, Brown County United Way has granted over $255,000 to more than 32 different non-profit organizations that help serve the amazing people of Brown County. Our grants have assisted with food, childcare, housing, clothing, health and hygiene products, and more! See our corporate supporters below.
You can donate specifically to our Emergency Response Fund here.
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Emergency Response Fund Grant Information – Please read ALL information below before applying
The Emergency Response Fund will channel local assistance to help respond to impacts of the COVID-19 virus and if needed, local flooding occurring during 2020, and/or other public, local crises that may arise.
Brown County United Way 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. Grants will be released on a rolling basis as the situation unfolds, making it possible to move resources as quickly as possible and adapt to evolving community needs. The process overall will be dependent upon available dollars. Granting decisions will be made by a team of community volunteers and Brown County United Way representatives.
Our goal is to notify applicants of granting decisions within one week of applying.
This fund provides nonprofit organizations with flexible resources to address the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on our community or other publically declared crisis, including immediate basic needs, gaps in service, and operational challenges. Preference will be given to the provision of direct services in this context.
The Emergency Response Fund is able to support organizations meeting the following criteria:
- Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or community-based groups, governmental bodies, municipalities, or school districts fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS.
- Directly serve the people of Brown County.
- Conduct business without discrimination with regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, political beliefs, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or any other category protected by law.
Based on our nonprofit structure, we are not able to fund individuals or private businesses directly. Direct support to individuals will be delivered through nonprofits with established processes for determining need and providing support.
Our Commitment to the Community
Throughout this process, Brown County United Way is committed to:
- Developing a central pool of funds nonprofits can access for support throughout the crisis.
- Listening to our community partners to help determine the most pressing emergency needs and their impact.
- Working cooperatively with other organizations to help assess and help to address immediate needs and longer-term needs beyond the grant.
- An expedited process for the distribution of Emergency Response Fund grants.
- Reporting how and where Emergency Response Fund grants are utilized, using the same level of diligence as we do with all of our granting processes.
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has also established an Emergency Response Fund and is accepting applications. Our organizations are collaborating on our respective granting processes in support of the community. While the two funds are separate, we are sharing information with each other. Our application questions are the same, with the exception of one additional question on United Way’s part. This will enable ease of application should you wish to apply to both funds.
Brown County United Way’s Emergency Response Fund is made possible by generous contributions from the community, including support from: