Responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Fund

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 $315,000. Grants ranged from $1,000 to $5,000. BCF waived its administrative fees for all contributions to the response fund.

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.

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.

Emergency Grant Recipients

  • ABC House
  • Alsea Community Effort
  • Alsea Food Bank – Jeni’s Place
  • Alsea Valley Gleaners
  • Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
  • 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
  • United Way of Benton and Lincoln Counties
  • We Care of Corvallis and Benton County

How to Donate

Donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund can still be made to support local nonprofits. BCF expects to facilitate another round of funding in fall 2020. Details for donating are below.

Donate to the Benton Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

You can donate to the response fund using the link above or by sending a check to the address below. Checks should be payable to the Benton Community Foundation with “COVID-19 Response Fund” on the memo line.

Benton Community Foundation
c/o COVID-19 Response Fund
660 NW Harrison Blvd
Corvallis, OR 97330

Grants are being distributed in Benton County and the immediate surrounding area, providing for immediate and emerging needs as well as for the long-term financial stability of local nonprofits — an approach that aligns with best practices recommended by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

FAQ for Donors

How do I donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund?

Donations via credit card can be made here. Checks should be made payable to the Benton Community Foundation with “COVID-19 Response Fund” on the memo line, and mailed to 660 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330. The BCF team can also help facilitate donations of stock; contact our team at info@BCFgives.org for more information.

Is BCF profiting from these donations?

No. BCF is waiving its administrative fees for all contributions to the response fund. The only fee we can’t waive is the fee charged by our payment processor, PayPal, which deducts approximately 3% from the donation before it reaches BCF. If you would like to avoid this fee, please make your donation by check, payable to the Benton Community Foundation with “COVID-19 Response Fund” on the memo line and mail to 660 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330.

Are contributions to the fund tax-deductible?

Yes. BCF’s tax ID is 93-6022916. Please consult your financial advisor for further guidance.

FAQ for Grantseekers

How does my organization apply for funding?

The application process is currently closed but will reopen in fall 2020.

Who can apply for funding?

Organizations recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, School, Government Agency, Church or Religious Organization, or that have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and serve Benton County may submit funding requests. Funding is not provided for organizations that discriminate by race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or national origin, political campaigns or candidates, lobby activities, religious organizations for inherently religious purposes, or private individuals.

If I am seeking funding from BCF and the United Way, do I need to submit two applications?

No, BCF and the United Way of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties are sharing applications received by either organization.

What type of requests will you fund?

BCF is currently providing grants of up to $5,000. Requests will be considered for organizations whose services have been directly affected by the pandemic—i.e., programs have expanded to meet local basic needs—as well as organizations experiencing revenue hardships related to social distancing protocols. The most immediate grants will support the most time-sensitive needs, while future grants will be aimed at offsetting long-term revenue disruptions, such as loss of revenue from cancelled fundraisers.

I don’t meet the terms and conditions on the application, can I still apply?

We encourage you to apply for funding regardless of whether you meet all the grantee conditions on the application. The terms and conditions on the application are specific for funding provided through the United Way. If you are selected for BCF funding, you will receive a follow-up form that has the BCF terms and conditions.

If I apply for funds now, does that stop me from asking again as the situation develops?

Receiving funds early in the process will not prohibit you from asking for additional funds in the future.

How will we know that you’ve received our grant application?

When you submit your application to BCF, the Grants Manager will contact you to confirm we have received it.

Modifying operations

In order to protect the health of our staff, volunteers, and neighbors, BCF offices are currently closed to the public. Details about our office reopening will be available soon. For our volunteers, please note that all BCF meetings will occur virtually via Zoom.

Grants from BCF’s Designated Funds have been disbursed on schedule, and review of Community Grants will proceed along the normal timeline.

The best way to reach the BCF team is via email (info@bcfgives.org).

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

Coronavirus.gov – Updates from the federal government