Community Response Fund – COVID-19

Your gift helps respond to the coronavirus in greater Park City.

Philanthropy, government, and business partners are joining together to support this fund that rapidly deploys resources to community-based organizations due to the coronavirus outbreak in our area.

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Hosted by Park City Community Foundation, the Community Response Fund helps strengthen our community and respond immediately to crisis situations such as the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Community Response Fund is offering flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

The fund is currently supporting health and human services nonprofits in greater Park City that are handling cases related to the impact of COVID-19. Targeted operating grants fund organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, and communities of color, among others.

The first phase of rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak, and the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures. The Community Foundation made the first grant within three days of activating the Fund, and will continue to make grants to support long-term recovery.

Please help us ensure that basic needs are met, including food, housing, and healthcare. Your gift allows our community as a whole to better prepare for and respond to emergencies by providing flexibility to meet both immediate and planned needs that would not otherwise be readily available.

Join us to support a healthy community. Together our impact is greater.





The generosity of hundreds of supporters–including individuals, families, part-timers, full-timers, businesses, and foundations–are making grants from the Community Response Fund possible. Thank you to all! See the full list of supporters >>

Our sincere thanks goes to the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust and Vail Resorts for granting $200,000 to support our Community Response Fund. And, very special thanks to the donors who have provided matching funds: Park City Rotary Club, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Promontory Foundation, Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, High West Distillery, Bleil Family Fund, Brian and Kirsten Shirken, and Leadership Park City.


Who are the grantees thus far? The following unrestricted grants have been made thus far from the Community Response Fund to help support programs and activities for which the grantees have an increased demand. More grants will be made as emerging needs and opportunities are identified.

  • $225,000 to Christian Center of Park City to help support key programs, including their Food Pantry and Basic Needs Assistance program which helps pay rent and bills for people who have lost jobs due to COVID-19. The grant will also help pay for additional staff to process the increased number of applications to the Basic Assistance program.
  • $160,000 to Jewish Family Service for financial assistance – primarily rent – for families that have recently lost their income. Funds are allocated via a needs assessment by their clinical social worker and checks are sent directly to landlords. Efforts are coordinated with other Community Response Fund grantees.
  • $35,000 to Park City Education Foundation for support of families with urgent needs. School outreach coordinators will provide gift cards to the neediest families to purchase hygiene products, diapers and formula, diabetic testing strips, and other basic needs.
  • $30,000 to People’s Health Clinic to help support staff to manage patient flow at the door and supplies like masks, wipes, hand sanitizer, shoe covers, disposable gowns being used at a higher rate.
  • $10,000 to EATS Park City to help distribute food and support their backpack program through which they purchase food for Summit County children (families likely impacted by loss of income) to have over the weekend. Normally they purchase enough for 350 recipients and that is now moving to 800.
  • $10,000 to CONNECT Summit County to help cover an increase in staff coverage, translation of web pages, and coordination of virtual mental health support groups for providers to be able to do telehealth and virtual roundtables, as well as any other gap that becomes clear in the next 30 days.
  • $10,000 for Peace House to help support services addressing an increased risk for domestic violence victims, including the implementation of telehealth in the wake of service expansion in areas like clinical therapy, case management, and client advocacy. Additionally, the use of pre-paid phones and other emergency assistance that supports safety for domestic violence victims and their families.
  • $20,000 to National Ability Center for the monthly operation of their lodge (25 rooms, 52 beds) in order to house Intermountain Hospital’s doctors, nurses, and other employees so they do not have to return home and expose other family members to COVID-19.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations to nonprofits? This Fund was not created to be the only way to get needed resources into the community, but to help channel resources that will have the highest impact into the community, and to help facilitate coordination among entities.

We encourage you to connect with and give directly to any local nonprofit to which you are drawn. This is a critical time for so many nonprofit organizations, as well as those who have had to cancel events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to the organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time.

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 their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are planning multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase of rapid-response grants, the Community Response Fund is prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving people who are immediately and disproportionately affected by this outbreak, addressing immediate needs such as food, shelter, healthcare, mental health, and safety.

At this time, we are not able to prioritize organizations that have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. As the crisis and impacts continue to unfold, we hope to be in a position to make grants to support long-term recovery of local nonprofits in the future. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may email us at to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses.

I’m an individual or small business that has been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me? Park City Community Foundation is working to move resources to nonprofit community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals or businesses, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on our website. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a particular grantee? To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The Community Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.

I want to volunteer! Thank you for your offer to volunteer! This community is so generous. As of now, based on Summit County Health Department recommendations, the best thing most of us can do is to stay home. We are supporting existing systems in place in order to increase their impact through our Community Response Fund. The situation is fluid and changing quickly, so the need for volunteers may change.

How much has been raised? The Community Response Fund has raised $1.3 million for the immediate and long-term needs of those who are being most impacted by COVID-19 in greater Park City. Thank you to the many generous donors!

How are grantees selected? Grantmaking decisions are made by Park City Community Foundation in consultation with community advisors and nonprofit partners. A team, including impact/program staff, the executive director, and some board members, is actively gathering information, surveying needs, and listening to feedback. Staff are also looped into the City and County’s response teams to ensure that we are getting the best information. Our goal is to rapidly deploy resources and meet the urgent needs on the ground.

I have a suggestion for who should receive funding. We welcome your input on nonprofits that are supporting communities or individuals who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please fill out our suggestion form to help us assess needs for directing funds from Park City Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund.

Is the Park City Community Foundation office open? Our entire staff is currently working from their homes and our organization is up and running; however the office is closed and we have postponed all our in-person events for the time being. We are very fortunate to be able to work from home and are following all protocols and procedures recommended by the Summit County Health Department and Utah Department of Health. We are watching information from WHO and the CDC.


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