How we’re responding to COVID-19
During this unprecedented time, we have worked continuously to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our community and to identify ways in which the Community Foundation and local philanthropy can respond.
We know the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-term consequences, but we are a community resource here for the long term. Learn how you can partner with us, find support, and more.
Community Response Fund
On March 19, 2020, we established the Community Response Fund to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofit organizations in Newaygo County as well as the three counties served by our affiliate foundations: Lake, Mecosta, and Osceola. The fund provides quick help to organizations serving vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19 and gives generous community members an easy way to support them.
Small Business Recovery Loan Program
We want to help preserve the existing businesses in our community and give them the tools to not only survive but to thrive as our state carefully reopens and businesses once again generate income. That’s why we partnered with MSU Federal Credit Union to create the Small Business Recovery Loan program.
Loans from $5,000 to $50,000 are available for Newaygo County businesses (for-profit and nonprofit) with fewer than 50 employees.
Expert guidance for nonprofits and businesses
As you work to best serve your customers, clients, employees, and other stakeholders during these difficult times, we want to assist you in finding information and resources that can help. Since we know that navigating state and federal resources can be a complicated process, we have identified local experts who can provide guidance to point you in the right direction.
A message from Carla Roberts
Carla shares her thoughts on how we’re all facing business as unusual and updates on the Community Foundation’s approach to COVID-19 response and recovery.