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Posted on: April 14, 2020

sPower Invests in Regional Coronavirus Response

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – sPower is donating $50,000 to benefit regional nonprofits providing COVID-19 response solutions in our community.

Teri McNally, The Community Foundation’s Executive Director, expressed gratitude for the sizeable gift, “sPower is a generous corporate citizen in our community. We’re honored they chose The Community Foundation to assist with rapid-response giving in our region.”

sPower responded immediately to the need for community resources to respond to COVID-19 and pledged $40,000 to be given through the Community Relief Fund to area nonprofit organizations that apply for grants.

sPower is also donating $10,000 through The Community Foundation to support Ron Rosner Family YMCA’s Childcare Relief for Essential Workers program. The Y is determined to exceed prescribed safety recommendations for children. The donation will pay for program supplies for each individual child and will hire additional workers to keep participants safely distanced. The program is open to families of workers at Mary Washington Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and any other area first responder.

sPower is the United States’ largest private owner and operator of solar assets. Last year, they announced a partnership with The Community Foundation to distribute charitable funds in Spotsylvania County for the life of the new solar facility being built there.

The Community Foundation activated its disaster response fund, the Community Relief Fund, in March when the probable impact of the coronavirus pandemic in our region became clear. The foundation is actively encouraging individuals, families and businesses to give to the Community Relief Fund. This money will be distributed to nonprofit organizations with deep roots in the community that provide human services and emergency assistance like food, shelter, transportation and emergency financial support, as well as health/mental health and educational resources.

The Community Foundation is assessing urgent needs, identifying short-term gaps, and gathering information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts. The first grants from the Community Relief Fund will be announced on Monday, April 20th.

Nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations are also prioritized. These may include children out of school, families without childcare, people who have lost income due to the pandemic, people who are experiencing homelessness or rapid rehousing, people experiencing domestic violence or child abuse, individuals without paid sick leave or health insurance, limited English proficient individuals and senior citizens.

Nonprofits can access the online application from The Community Foundation’s website:

Complete grant guidelines are available on the website as well:

Learn more about the Community Relief Fund and how it has been activated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on The Community Foundation’s website: 

Through the generous support of The Community Foundation’s Board of Governors, all Community Relief Fund administrative costs have been waived through June 30, 2020. This ensures that 100 percent of funds are distributed to community-based organizations in need.