Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund

About the Response Fund

The Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund is a coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners who united to create a Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front-lines of Western Kentucky’s current Covid-19 pandemic. Led by a partnership between United Way of the Ohio Valley (UWOV) and the Green River Area Community Foundation (GRACF), the fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in the GRADD region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

Grants will fund organizations and programs that have deep roots in Western Kentucky and strong experience working to provide residents with access to food, medical needs and basic services for vulnerable populations.  The fund is designed to complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, and government entities, and to expand local capacity to support individuals and families experiencing hardship as a result of the outbreak and related closures and disruptions. The first phase of the rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by loss of work or reduced wages, school and business closures, and the increased demand for healthcare information and support among our most vulnerable community members. The Response Fund hopes to move an initial round of regional grants within the next few weeks.

GRACF will administer grants from the Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund in partnership with UWOV and in close collaboration with community advisers and local governments.  Together, we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential partnerships and recommend final awards as quickly as possible. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

How to Donate

  • To donate online, click HERE.

  • If your business or company would like to join the coalition and provide a corporate gift, please email

  • To donate by check, please indicate that your gift should be directed to the Covid-19 Response Fund. Checks should be made to Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:


Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund
PO Box 705
Owensboro, KY 42302-0705

Lead Coalition Partners

– Green River Community Foundation
– United Way of the Ohio Valley

Sustaining Partners
– City of Owensboro
– Daviess County Government
– Public Life Foundation
– Marilyn and William Young Foundation
– Lawrence and Augusta Hager Educational Foundation

Supporting Partners
– Owensboro Regional Health
– Independence Bank
– Daviess County Chamber of Commerce


Media Inquiries


David Ross
United Way of the Ohio Valley
President & CEO




I’m an individual who’s been affected by Covid-19. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have already been affected by the outbreak and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, United Way of the Ohio Valley (UWOV) and Green River Area Community Foundation (GRACF) are working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not currently able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have the experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. We will work to update you on the organizations that have received grant funding.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the Covid-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with GRACF, local governments and community partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. To move resources quickly, we are asking that a single page application be completed. You may contact Amy Silvert, GRACF Executive Director ( or Doug Eberhart, UWOV Executive Vice President ( to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not able to restrict donations at this time. The Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible across our service area.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.

What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?

We anticipate funding to address both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. Initially, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Our immediate focus areas include access to food and helping vulnerable populations to access medical needs and shelter.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

The Green River Area Covid-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations within the defined service areas of United Way of the Ohio Valley and Green River Area Community Foundation. Which consists the counties of: Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster. We are doing this with a recognition that many nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.

When will you share who you fund?

We anticipate making a first round of grant funding in the coming weeks and will publish the list of selected grantees on the UWOV and GRACF websites. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources.