BARTLESVILLE, OK – In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Bartlesville Regional United Way board of directors approved the creation of the 2020 BRUW COVID-19 Impact Grant Program.
Approved during a regular board meeting on April 2, the program will allow 501(c)(3) organizations and public schools located in Washington, Nowata and Osage counties to apply for grants to support their respective programs and services that address needs directly related to the coronavirus.
The total funding for the program is $340,000, thanks in large part to a generous donation by Phillips 66. Original funding became available when the BRUW board postponed the implementation of the 2020 Community Impact Grant program and transferred the approved $40,000 to the new program. Phillips 66 then contributed $300,000 to the program as part of a $3 million donation which was approved by its board of directors to support COVID-19 relief efforts within communities where the company operates.
“We implemented the 2020 BRUW COVID-19 Impact Grant Program to assist area non-profits which are helping those who have been impacted by the global pandemic known as the coronavirus,” says Lisa Cary, president and CEO of the BRUW. “These are unprecedented and challenging times, and we want to make sure the United Way steps up to meet the needs of those in the communities we serve.”
The program is now positioned to help many more non-profits than originally planned thanks to the donation by Phillips 66.
“Phillips 66 has long supported the United Way, and I’m pleased we can contribute toward the COVID-19 Impact Grant Program to assist the frontline organizations that are responding to pandemic relief efforts in Bartlesville and the surrounding areas,” says Ann Oglesby, the vice president of Technology for Phillips 66. “The United Way recognized a pressing need beyond their agencies when it established the program, and we appreciate and support that vision.”
The BRUW funds the programs of its 13 member agencies, which include organizations such as Mary Martha Outreach, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Agape Mission and more. While any of the BRUW’s member agencies can apply for a 2020 BRUW COVID-19 Impact Grant, so too can other area non-profits located in Washington, Nowata and Osage counties.
All grant requests, which will be reviewed by a special committee on a “first-come, first-served” basis, will need to define how the money will help fund efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Grant requests will continue to be approved and funded until all money available through the program – $340,000 – has been distributed.