Suffering Tri-Cities nonprofits eligible for community grants

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Image Courtesy of the 3 Rivers Community Foundation.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Businesses throughout Benton and Franklin counties have suffered mightily since the pandemic hit in March 2020. Many have been forced to fire employees, limit hours and in more severe instances, shut down their businesses altogether. Few operations have been hit as hard as nonprofit organizations, which are now eligible to receive one of these grants from the community.

3 Rivers Community Foundation (3RCF) announced an additional round of COVID-19 relief emergency funding is now available to small businesses throughout the Tri-Cities and neighboring places in Benton and Franklin counties. The fund opened on April 2020 and has already been responsible for more than $153,000 in distributed funds since. This current wave includes $53,000 available for 5013c nonprofits in Benton and Franklin counties.

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Eligible participants who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for a grant by March 31st, 2021. The highest dollar amount that can be donated to one nonprofit at a time is $10,000, according to the team at the 3RCF. Please note that organizations that previously received aid are eligible to apply again if extenuating circumstances call for them to receive aid.

3RCF Executive Director Abbey Cameron has dedicated much of her time and resources to help local nonprofits. She’s seen the impact that they can have on Benton and Franklin County community members firsthand.

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“The nonprofit community in Benton and Franklin counties has faced unforeseeable challenges and have had to pivot what they do and how they do it almost on a dime,” Cameron said. “Faced with increased demand for services, loss of volunteer hours, and critical safety restrictions they have adapted with ingenuity and care to continue to deliver services. Those changes have costs, and we are grateful to our donors who have made this funding possible.”

To apply for financial aid for your nonprofit, please click this link. If you’re in a position to contribute to the fund and help a local nonprofit stay afloat during these trying times, you can click here to donate.

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