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COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund launches #CLEResponds listening campaign to determine next priority

Click below to take the survey and help the Fund better understand Cleveland's most pressing needs.

CLEVELAND — After four months spent doling out $7.7 million in emergency grants to nonprofits, grassroots groups and others on the pandemic frontlines, the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is shifting gears and asking for the public’s help in determining what the fund’s next priority should be.

This week, the Rapid Response Fund’s 80+ funding partners are conducting a #CLEResponds listening campaign to get insight and feedback from the community at large, in order to better understand COVID-19’s continued impact and to identify Cleveland’s most pressing needs.

How can you help? Answer these two questions by Friday, July 17:

  1. What is the most pressing need you and/or your community is currently facing?
  2. What is the #1 thing Greater Cleveland’s leaders must focus on to help our region recover from COVID-19 and come back stronger?

Residents of Greater Cleveland can respond to the questions using this link.

During its first phase, the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund has provided grants to 150 frontline nonprofits with pressing needs in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. The money was raised through 2,300 individual and corporate donors, including a gift from WKYC’s parent company, TEGNA.

The grants have helped many organizations large and small stay afloat at a time of unprecedented demand, in order to provide food, shelter, masks, medical services and other necessities to those in need.