GMCF 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Thank you donors!

In response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, GMCF has created the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund, which is now active to accept donations. Donations are for relief and recovery efforts for our friends and neighbors who are in greatest need due to the current pandemic situation.

Funds Raised to date (05/22/2020):

Funds raised on GROW Green Match Day $78,749
Other local donations $19,335
GMCF Grants for Greater Manhattan match $50,000
GMCF additional match $28,280
TOTAL $176,363


Funding Parameters:

  • These grants are for the most basic human needs as a result of COVID-19
  • Should benefit Riley County residents that are most in need as a result of COVID-19 (for example; low-income, elderly, mental health patients; individuals experiencing difficulty paying bills due to COVID-19 related job loss)
  • Could benefit Manhattan area non-profits by supplying their needs (supplies needed as a result of COVID-19 in order for them to carry out their work and assist clients)
  • This fund will not pay salaries for employees of the non-profits
  • Funding will not be granted to agencies outside of the Riley County Kansas area

How it’s been used so far:

2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund Grants
Common Table Community Meals for Pickup $19,714.00
Numerous Local Nonprofit Agencies GMCF Purchase of PPE Items for Nonprofits (Includes Touch Free Hand Sanitizing Stations & Hand Sanitizer, Paper Masks, Cloth Masks, Concentrated Cleaner & Spray Bottles, Gloves, Cleaning Wipes, and Touch Free Thermometers) $27,000.00
Pawnee Mental Health Laptops to allow for Telemed Consultations and Various PPE Items $12,829.40
Riley County Seniors’ Service Center Tables to Allow For Social Distancing Paper Towel Dispensers for Safety $900.00
Shepherd’s Crossing Rent & Utilities Assistance for Riley County Residents (Assistance only for needs specifically caused by COVID-19) $87,000.00

Total COVID-19 Recovery Fund Grants 


As of 09/29/2020 Shepherd's Crossing had assisted 149 families with a total of $67,169.51 to help with rent and utilities.  Many of the families who have received assistance are first time clients of Shepherd's Crossing.  Since COVID-19, they find themselves in a unique circumstance.  THANK YOU to all the donors who made this fund possible for our community!



Frequently Asked Questions

How will the money be used and other questions? Click here for frequently asked questions.

  • We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, therefore your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law; check with your professional advisor if you have questions.
  • If you prefer to mail a check, send to: GMCF, P.O. Box 1127, Manhattan, KS  66505-1127
  • If you would like to gift appreciated stock or other options, please contact our staff at 785.587.8995 or email Marla Brandon at

1.    What is the GMCF 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund?

The 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund at the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation has been established to receive donations to benefit those in the Manhattan area who are in great need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that the impact of the coronavirus will make it financially challenging for area non-profits and public agencies to meet the needs for recovery from this disastrous event. The 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund will focus on the short and long-term recovery of our neighbors and partners. The fund is able to accept contributions from individual donors, corporations and foundations.

2.    Why support both short-term and long-term recovery?  Why not just immediate relief?

When a disaster strikes, on average, 70% of donations are directed to immediate relief and a significantly smaller portion goes to recovery and rebuilding, a process that can take many years. Long after media attention has shifted, Greater Manhattan Community Foundation will provide support to address the significant long-term critical needs of our local nonprofits, public entities and individuals they serve.

3.    Why Greater Manhattan Community Foundation?

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation is credible, transparent and connected. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMCF has established the2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund. For over 20 years GMCF has enriched the lives of the people in our communities through philanthropy. We are a source of funding for local nonprofits and public entities, thus long-standing relationships are already in place. We are committed to building philanthropy and connecting people who care with causes that matter.

4.    Who will the COVID-19 Recovery Fund support?

The COVID-19 Recovery Fund will support non-profit organizations and public entities that have a defined role in short-term and long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services including things such as emergency food distribution, shelter and long-term housing, emotional and spiritual care, economic and rental assistance, education, healthcare, and more to survivors of the disaster. These non-profits and public entities will provide direct support to survivors and will need the capacity to grow their services to meet these needs.

In addition, our non-profit organizations are in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to reopen their doors safely. Funds from the COVID-19 Recovery Fund will help purchase required PPE to make available at no charge to the various local non-profits. It is our hope that this will allow them to safely help those in our community who are most in need of assistance.

5.    How can I make a charitable donation?

You can support the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund in the following ways:

6.    How can my organization receive a grant from the COVID-19 Recovery Fund?

The initial distribution of funds will be made to organizations “on the ground” providing direct assistance and who will be there during long-term recovery operations.  

The Community Foundation plans for additional distributions of funds in the months to come.  This will be an open and responsive application process available online by clicking here.  Grant making decisions will be made utilizing a diverse group of community stakeholders.  The 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Fund will continue to seek funds in support of these longer-term recovery efforts.

7.    I’ve been impacted by coronavirus and I’m looking for support.  Can I apply to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund?

The COVID-19 Recovery Fund was specifically set up to provide grants to our non-profit partners, who in turn work with individuals and families. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to one of the local social service agencies such as  Shepherd’s Crossing, Salvation Army, or Catholic Charities.

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