As many neighbors struggle with hardships and consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has responded by creating the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund.

The fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based, frontline nonprofit organizations addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties.

“We realized that some populations in our area, especially those individuals who work in food and beverage, hospitality or for small businesses, will be disproportionately impacted, primarily from the economic consequences of this outbreak,” said Chris Kerrigan, president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. “This will provide funding to local nonprofits which are addressing those populations’ immediate needs.”

To support this effort, the Community Foundation will match up to $100,000 given to the fund.

The Community Foundation plans to fund organizations in phases. The first phase will support health and human services nonprofits with deep roots in its four-county service area and strong experience working with residents without access to healthcare, or who are food or housing insecure.

Those looking for a way to help neighbors adversely affected by COVID-19 and who would like to donate to the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund, can visit cflowcountry.civicore.com/covid. Or, checks may be mailed to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 23019, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925, with “COVID-19” in the memo line.