2020 Recovery

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2020 Recovery Fund

The Community Foundation of Shelby County (Ohio) and the Shelby County United Way, along with other funders, have created a charitable fund  to assist with local needs as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Gifts are tax-deductible.

Ways to Give

  • Text Shelby to 40403   This is the Shelby County United Way’s ‘Text to Give’ platform.
  • Credit cards: Click Here to Donate Online
  • If you have a Donor Advised Fund or Gift Account at the Community Foundation, make a grant request by emailing jfortkamp@commfoun.com

Write a check payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County

    • Please add – 2020 Recovery Fund – on the memo line
    • Mail to:

Community Foundation of Shelby County
100 S Main Ave, Ste 202
Sidney, Ohio 45365-2771

About the Fund

The fund provides resources to local organizations that provide direct social service in Shelby County, Ohio.  No funding will be given directly to individuals.
We review grant requests weekly and check with local human service organizations to assess if they have financial resources to keep serving the changing needs in our community.
Thanks to your kindness, more than $74,000 has been given to help the Shelby County community. We anticipate needs will continue in the coming weeks, as many have yet to start back to work.

Applying for a Grant

Apply Online Here

Only organizations serving Shelby County residents with basic needs in areas such as food, shelter, healthcare and other basic expenses resulting from the economic downturn may apply if they are either a 501(c)(3) charity, a church, a governmental entity (such as a school or village), or have a fiscal agent that is one of the qualifying types. (A fiscal agent would receive the grant check and administer oversight over the grant for a non-qualifying organization.) No funding is planned to go directly to individuals. If you are an individual in need of help with your expenses, please call 211 for the United Way’s Help Line to find the groups that can assist you.

As additional donations are given, we will continue to review grant requests. There are no deadlines; requests are reviewed weekly.

Grant Awards

SafeHaven – $500 to provide food and storage containers that enable them to deliver a hot meal to their clients, who typically have received a meal at their Sidney facility.
Agape Distribution – $3,348 to purchase 10,000 boxes of cereal and new grocery bags for their food distribution program.
Wilson Health Foundation – $17,852 to purchase four portable, air-cleansing HEPA Care units and filters for patient rooms. The units are usable now and in the future for COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory diseases, making it safer for healthcare workers.
Random Acts of Christian Kindness (RACK) – $2,000 to assist single-parent families with expenses such as medications, home and auto repair, utilities and food. The grant was offered as a 1:1 match. Thank you, RACK supporters, for giving the matching money!
Bridges Community Action Partnership – $5,000 to support emergency assistance for up to 15 Shelby County families and individuals who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness by providing emergency rent, food, medications, personal supplies and transportation.
Right to Life of Shelby County – $3,000 for diapers, wipes, formula and related infant care supplies.
Salvation Army – $1,500 for a commercial freezer to replace a broken freezer used to store meat given to qualifying residents.
Opportunity School/ Midwest Regional Education Service Center – $5,181 to purchase milk coolers for separate food lines, as well as to provide safety measures for the Opportunity School students when they return to the classroom in the fall.
Ohio Living Dorothy Love – $6,675  to support the purchase of 14 UV air purifiers to clean the air in the facility’s heating and cooling systems.
Sidney-Shelby County YMCA – $6,018 to purchase sanitizing equipment and disinfecting items for the safety of those utilizing the facility.
Lehman Catholic High School – $3,358 to comply with re-opening safety food guidelines including the use of disposable cutlery, plates and a mobile food warmer.
Midwest Regional Education Service Center $3,057 for purchase of protective equipment and sanitizing products for Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists and other specialists serving students in county school districts.
Samaritan Works – $1,800 to provide materials for on site counseling sessions, replacing programs at other facilities that were halted because of COVID concerns.
Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County – $1,500 for hand sanitizing stations, disinfectants and PPE.


How did the CARES Act affect tax benefits related to charitable giving?
Individuals who don’t itemize their taxes could deduct up to $300 in cash donations for the 2020 tax year only. Contributions to Donor Advised Funds, Gift Accounts and Supporting Organizations are not eligible for this deduction. Contributions to the 2020 Recovery Fund are eligible for the CARES Act tax benefit. The Act also lifts the cap on annual giving from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent.

How will 2020 Recovery Fund money be disbursed?
A committee of local leaders reviews submitted grant applications weekly to decide how money will be granted to other charities. The Community Foundation sends grant checks to organizations.

Is there a limit on the amount that can be granted to an organization from the 2020 Recovery Fund?
There is not a limit, other than the amount available in the Fund. However, we know there will be needs in the coming weeks and we want to be prudent about the resources given by community members. That is also why we are prioritizing requests that address basic human needs. If you have questions before completing a grant application, please contact Marian Spicer at mspicer@commfoun.com.  No grants will be given from the Fund to individuals. If you are an individual in need of help with your expenses, please call 211 for the United Way’s Help Line to find the groups that can assist you.

What are other options to help the Shelby County community?
The 2020 Recovery Fund targets human needs in the community and we welcome your gifts.  However, if you know of an organization that needs financial support, consider giving directly to that organization. Many organizations that support animals, the arts, history, recreation and literacy need your help. All will appreciate your gift. You can also help your neighbors who are struggling and need a hand.

Who is reviewing applications and deciding grant amounts?
The Community Foundation appointed a committee and approves grant amounts they recommend. Grant committee members are:
Scott Barr, Shelby County United Way President & CEO
Doug Borchers, Superior Aluminum, Russia, Community Foundation Board Chair
Rev. David Chivington, Sidney First United Methodist Church Pastor
Bob Guillozet, Shelby County Commissioner, retired firefighter and law enforcement officer
Mike Lochard, Lochard, Inc, Sidney, United Way and Community Foundation board member
Marian Spicer, Community Foundation of Shelby County Executive Director
Jenny VanMatre, Sidney City Council member, retired educator

General questions & inquires about the fund can be directed to Marian Spicer at mspicer@commfoun.com.