United Way & Community Foundation Announce Next Round of Grants from COVID-19 fund

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Friday, May 15th, 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) and United Way of Central Georgia (UWCG) announced the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund to provide funding to nonprofit organizations supporting people affected by the pandemic. 

Our organizations announce the Fund’s fifth round of grants totaling $67,500 to 3 organizations to assist in their emergency responses.

Grant recipients and grant amounts are as follows:


Agency/ organization



Macon Arts Alliance


Create a support fund for artists in our region that have lost work due to the shutdown

One World Link


Keep local AmeriCorps members engaged working on food distribution logistics and child care resource mapping

City of Eatonton


Provide assistance with bills, food, and more to 75 families


These grants are part of an ongoing process with the dollar amounts approved by the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund committee. To identify the immediate and critical needs to support those most vulnerable, Community Foundation and United Way staff are hosting bi-weekly calls focused in eight key sectors with nonprofit leaders across Central Georgia.

The fund began with commitments of $675,000 thanks in large part to a grant of $500,000 from The Peyton Anderson Foundation. In addition, CFCG, UWCG and The Griffith Foundation each contributed $50,000, and an anonymous donor contributed $25,000 to seed the fund. Since that time, generous grants have been made by the following: 

$725,000 from the Knight Foundation

$30,000 from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation

$15,000 from the Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation

$41,000 from generous fundholders at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia

$11,000 from reallocations to the fund from company sponsors of United Way’s cancelled Annual Awards Luncheon

$70,206 from individual contributions, including donations to the online COVID-19 fund donation website, telethon, and 478 Sings United    

$40,000 from Jeff Smith Automotive

$10,000 from GEICO

$10,000 from Wells Fargo

$10,000 from Truist Foundation