Responding to COVID-19

2020 emergency funding

In March 2020, the Benton Community Foundation established a COVID-19 Response Fund to provide emergency grants to local charitable organizations affected by the pandemic. Since then, BCF raised and granted back into the community a total of $334,000. Emergency grants supported 28 organizations in Corvallis, Philomath, Alsea, Monroe, Blodgett, and North Albany, including childcare providers, food banks, senior meal programs, transitional shelters, and other critical services for children and families.

BCF waived its administrative fees for all contributions to the response fund.

Thank you to the many individuals, families, businesses, and community groups who supported this effort. Special thanks to the Benton County Commissioners for their substantial commitment to this important work.

Fall/winter 2020 funding

The Benton Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for programs that serve community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits who have previously received funding from the BCF COVID-19 Response Fund may apply again but need to submit an updated application. Organizations may request up to $15,000 in funding.

The application – available here – is due by 5:00 PM PST on December 2nd.

Support the response

You can continue to support the Benton Community Foundation’s response to COVID-19 by designating your tax-deductible contribution for the “COVID-19 Response Fund.” Donations can be mailed to the address below or via credit card here. Funds will be disbursed during the Foundation’s annual Community Grant cycle to nonprofit programs directly affected by the pandemic.

Mailing address for contributions:
Benton Community Foundation
c/o COVID-19 Response Fund
660 NW Harrison Blvd
Corvallis, OR 97330

Emergency Grant Recipients

  • ABC House
  • Alsea Community Effort
  • Alsea Food Bank – Jeni’s Place
  • Alsea Valley Gleaners
  • Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
  • CASA – Voices for Children
  • Casa Latinos Unidos
  • Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence
  • Coastal Range Food Bank, Inc.
  • Corvallis Community Children’s Centers
  • Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center
  • Corvallis Housing First
  • Corvallis Public Schools Foundation
  • DevNW
  • Dial-A-Bus Inc.
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ – Safe Place Program
  • First United Methodist Church – Room at the Inn
  • Jackson Street Youth Services
  • Mary’s River Gleaners
  • Old Mill Center for Children & Families
  • Philomath Community Services
  • Philomath Youth Activities Club
  • South Benton Food Pantry
  • Stone Soup Corvallis, Inc.
  • Strengthening Rural Families
  • Trillium Family Services
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis – Corvallis Men’s Shelter
  • United Way of Benton and Lincoln Counties
  • We Care of Corvallis and Benton County

Additional community resources

United Way of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties resources and response fund

Updates on COVID-19 from Benton County

Benton County “Back to Business” Guide to Reopening

Updates from the Oregon Health Authority

Flatten the Curve – Resources from OHSU and OSU

How to support local businesses – Guide from Corvallis Economic Development Office

Benton County Recovers – Assistance resources and updates

Benton County COVID Connection – Current needs, emerging challenges, and how to help – Updates from the federal government