CFOV COVID-19 Press Release

CFOV Emergency Impact Fund Accepting Applications

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV)  is now accepting grant applications through an opportunity made possible by the Emergency Impact Fund.

In response to the mounting challenges created by COVID-19 (coronavirus), CFOV created the Emergency Impact Fund to provide flexible operating grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s eight-county service area working to maintain services with decreasing means of support.  The Foundation serves Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties in West Virginia and Belmont and Jefferson counties in Ohio.

The Foundation made the initial gift to the fund and individuals, fund advisors, corporations and private foundations quickly extended support.  The EQT Foundation recently made a gift of $50,000 to the fund.  This generous gift will allow more grants to be made to organizations performing critical work in the Ohio Valley.

“These are uncertain times for many individuals and families across the globe and we are humbled by the response and perseverance communities across our operational footprint have shown in the past two weeks,” said Ellen Rossi, president, EQT Foundation.  “Through this contribution to the Emergency Impact Fund, we know direct needs in the community are being addressed and nonprofits will be able to continue to offer services to Ohio Valley residents.”

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“The Emergency Impact Fund may be associated with a challenging time, but the opportunity to support our area’s nonprofit organizations could not be ignored.  To have received such tremendous support from dedicated community partners like the EQT Foundation to make these grants possible says so much about the critical work being done every day through nonprofits in the Ohio Valley,” said Susie Nelson, executive director of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Organizations submitting an application must have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus.  Examples include unexpected loss of revenue or unexpected increases in expenses as a result of the public health crisis that impacts the organization’s mission, service delivery or core functions.

Preference will be extended to those organizations that support basic human needs.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.  The opportunity will remain open as long as funds are available. 

Applications are available by visiting  Questions can be directed to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley by calling 304-242-3144 or by emailing