York County COVID-19 Response Fund

York County COVID-19 Response Fund




In challenging times like these, collaboration, generosity and community are most needed. That’s why York County Community Foundation (YCCF) has established the York County COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of York County and other philanthropic partners.

In times of need, York Countians step up to support each other. Right now, our community is seeing unprecedented needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, York County Community Foundation, the United Way of York County and generous donors across our community can make sure our neighbors don’t go without food or shelter because of the vast economic impact of this outbreak.

There are nonprofit organizations in York County already working to meet the challenges of providing food and shelter for our most vulnerable community members. With additional funding, they can meet the increased and immediate demand for these services.

The York County COVID-19 Response Fund will focus initially on providing grants to the nonprofits with the greatest capacity to provide food and shelter to the most vulnerable residents of York County.  YCCF and United Way staff are coordinating with leaders at York County’s Department of Health and Human Services to identify key organizations that will most effectively meet the needs.  Recognizing that there will be evolving needs over the next months, future phases will identify the mid and longer-term health and economic impacts on residents and the community.  No grant applications are being accepted for this fund. For more information about grants, please see the FAQ’s below.



Grants Awarded:

The York County COVID-19 Response Fund has awarded $667,238 in grants to organizations that keep families impacted by the pandemic fed and in their homes. Collectively, these organizations are serving thousands of people and reaching even the most rural parts of the County.

Organizations who have received grants include:


House of Reconciliation Ministry

YMCA of York and York County

Catholic Harvest Food Pantry
Central Penn Food Bank
Mason Dixon Community Services
York County Food Bank

Community Reach
Northeast Neighborhood Association
York Benevolent Association
New Hope Ministries
YMCA in Southern York County
Salvation Army

Rental Assistance
New Hope Ministries
Community Progress Council
Contact Helpline – PA 211
Salvation Army

Children’s Aid Society SOPA COB



Nearly 700 families received rental assistance through grants to New Hope Ministries, Salvation Army, CASA, and Community Progress Council (CPC). Thanks to grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund and the dedication of our staff and volunteers, York County was able to allocate more public funds to rental assistance programs than any county in PA.

Between April and December 2020, 11 organizations distributed 5.4 million pounds of food to help more than 93,000 households. Some months saw a 300% increase in the number of households served compared to pre-pandemic times.

The York County COVID-19 Response Fund was proud to be the first to contribute to the Code Blue Emergency Shelter, a ‘cold weather only’ shelter for the homeless during the harsh winter months. Your generous donations to the fund provided protection from the bitter cold to those who needed it most.

Virtual learning was challenging for students, educators, and parents alike, but grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund allowed four nonprofits to expand care for school-aged children. This added level of support permitted children to continue learning and allowed parents and guardians to return to work with some peace of mind.

The Fund commissioned a report through Fourth Economy, a community and economic development consulting firm currently working with the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA). The report will help our advisory committees study the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and identify the greatest needs of residents. We anticipate the results of this report in April and will update the community prior to the next grant cycle.

To read more about grants awarded from the York County COVID-19 Response Fund, see the press releases below.

COVID-19 Response Fund Adds School-Age Child Care to Funding Priorities – December 17, 2020

COVID-19 Response Fund Awards Grant to Open Code Blue Emergency Homeless Shelter – November 24, 2020

York County COVID-19 Response Fund Continues to Support Organizations Keeping York Countians Fed and in Their Homes – September 22, 2020

Grants from COVID-19 Response Fund Help Community Leverage Critical Federal CARES Rent Relief – August 3, 2020

Grants from COVID-19 Response Fund Help Keep Families Fed and in Their Homes – June 23, 2020

Grants from COVID-19 Response Fund Help Keep Families in Their Homes – May 11, 2020

$186,000 Invested in York County Nonprofits Providing Food – April 22, 2020

Have questions about the fund?

Frequently Asked Questions For Donors


Information for those Seeking Grants from the Fund:

There is currently not an open application process for the York County COVID-19 Response Fund. To be considered for a grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund in the future, please review the information below. Note: We will update the fund information frequently, especially as the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic change rapidly over time. The FAQs below highlight the current focus and restrictions on grant eligibility.

Given the immediate needs within York County, the Fund is currently focused on providing grants to nonprofits whose operations have the greatest capacity to address the basic needs of food and housing for vulnerable populations that are under additional strain due to the pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofits


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Mary Kay Bernosky
Vice President of Development
Philip A. Woods
Gift Planning Officer
Dorinda J. Grove
Development Administrator