The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is established to assist in the COVID-19 response, relief and recovery efforts

The Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, a recently formed public-private partnership overseen by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office and the Nevada Health Response Center, will oversee the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in partnership with Nevada Community Foundation. The Fund will assist with the State’s response, relief and recovery efforts. The task force is headed by former MGM CEO Jim Murren, who was recently appointed by Gov. Sisolak to lead the state’s recovery efforts. Nevada Community Foundation is serving as fiscal agent for the fund, which will be used for the following charitable purposes:

  • To make grants and payments to assist the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions in responding to COVID-19;
  • To provide assistance and supplies to first responders and healthcare providers (individuals and institutions);
  • To aid Nevada nonprofits in addressing and recovering from the COVID-19 emergency;
  • To provide assistance to Nevada residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency, particularly those most vulnerable because of health, economic or other circumstances; and,
  • To take such actions and make such payments as Nevada Community Foundation and the Governor’s Task Force determine appropriate to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

Online donations to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund may be made here: https://www.nevadacf.org/donate-now/

For more information on the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief, and Recovery Task Force, please go to the official task force website at nvc19.org.

“I am deeply appreciative of Gov. Sisolak’s leadership as we work to assemble a robust and comprehensive team to help Nevada prepare for, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Murren. “The Fund will help to ensure our state has the resources it needs to effectively deal with this crisis. It will take all of us to prevail. Collectively, we can generate the funding necessary to help protect and support the citizens of our great state and put Nevada back on track once the crisis has passed.”

“We are honored and humbled to partner with Gov. Sisolak, Jim Murren and a host of stakeholders, nonprofits and partners to help Nevada recover from the COVID-19 virus,” said Gian Brosco, president and CEO, Nevada Community Foundation. “Unprecedented in scope and impact, this global pandemic will have far reaching effects on our state that can only be overcome if we work together. We are committed to doing all we can to support the mission and efforts of the task force and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.”  

On Mar. 18, Nevada Community Foundation established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund which was jumpstarted with a $10,000 donation from the Duncan and Irene Lee family. Duncan Lee chairs the Nevada Community Foundation board. Now, as result of the partnership with the task force, the original fund will be merged with the new COVID-19 Emergency Fund that has significantly enlarged the scope of eligible beneficiaries to which funds may be distributed.

Nevada joins many other states and cities across the country that are tapping community foundations to help raise and grant funds quickly to those most in need. According to data compiled by the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative, nearly 170 community foundations spanning 49 states and the District of Columbia have already created Covid-19 response funds to mobilize more than $238.7 million nationwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 from a health and safety perspective, please consult with the State of Nevada’s website, https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/ or the Southern Nevada Health District’s website, https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus.

My organization would like to apply for grants from this Fund. What are the criteria and how can we be considered?

Nevada Community Foundation will work with the Governor’s Nevada COVID-19 Response Relief and Recovery Task Force to deploy the funding to ensure the fund has maximum reach and effectiveness. Funding decisions will be made in conjunction with and at the recommendation of the Governor’s task force.

Nevada Community Foundation originally launched the fund on March 18, with the condition that the fund will only make grants directly to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or equivalent, and not to individuals. For donations received prior to March 29, 2020, this will remain the case, and we will work with community stakeholders and experts to deploy the funds accordingly. Donations after March 29 are subject to the criteria established by the Governor’s task force.

What is the geographic focus for this fund?

The fund is intended to operate throughout the entire state of Nevada. For donors who are interested in supporting organizations outside of Nevada, please consider making your donations directly to those organizations.

Is the funding targeted to a specific purpose?

Due to the rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, we have kept the Fund’s purpose deliberately broad, to include the following:

  • To make grants and payments to assist the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions in responding to COVID-19;
  • To provide assistance and supplies to first responders and healthcare providers (individuals and institutions);
  • To aid Nevada non-profits in addressing and recovering from the COVID-19 emergency;
  • To provide assistance to Nevada residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency, particularly those most vulnerable because of health, economic or other circumstances; and,
  • To take such actions and make such payments as the Foundation and the Governor’s Task Force determine appropriate to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

I would like to restrict my donation to a prioritized grantee. Is that possible? Unfortunately, in order to ensure that we are able to move as efficiently and impactfully as possible in support of the immediate needs, we cannot accept restricted donations at this time.