LTCF Awards $50 K in COVID-19 Emergency Grants

LAWRENCEVILLE, MAY 8, 2020 – Lawrenceville residents hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis will have more access to food, emergency programs and mental health counseling, thanks to special grants recently awarded by the Lawrence Township Community Foundation (LTCF).  In a recent virtual meeting, the Board of LTCF awarded $50,000 to fourteen local nonprofits that are helping people cope with the pandemic. The Foundation had tabled the usual spring grant process to enable it to quickly respond to emerging community needs.

The $50,000 is a record amount given by LTCF, which is usually able to award half that amount in each of their two grant cycles per year.  The fifty thousand dollars does not include the $20,000 awarded in April from an emergency grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, which was immediately distributed to organizations providing food assistance. 

The additional $25,000 added to the regular funds available was made possible in part by an emergency gift of $5000 from The Lawrenceville School.  The Board also tapped into a special “rainy day” fund that had been sequestered in interest-bearing accounts for several years.  The account, known as the Bill Guhl Fund, was the result of a fundraising program to honor Mr. Guhl upon his retirement from his position as manager of Lawrence Township.  He was also a charter member of the LTCF Board when it formed in 2002.  Annual funding of LTCF from major donors, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Lawrenceville School and Educational Testing Service provides yearly ongoing support of the grant awards.

“The Board members were very concerned about the impact of the virus on Lawrence residents,” explained Rachel Cantlay, President of the all-volunteer organization.  “While we have sparingly used some of the money for special projects, like Community Conversations and Hurricane Sandy, the volunteer board unanimously agreed that with the terrible results of the pandemic on the people of Lawrence, now was the right time to go all in.”

“Donations came in from individuals specifically to support the special COVID-19 grants, too,” she continued. “We appreciate community support, including that from the volunteer LTCF Board members, and The Lawrenceville School.  However, even with the $50,000, we were unable to totally fund the more than $72,000 in actual funds requested.”

The organizations receiving funds are:

  • Camp Fire NJ
  • CASA
  • Dress for Success
  • GI GO Foundation
  • HomeFront
  • Interfaith Caregivers
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services
  • Lawrenceville Main Street
  • NAMI Mercer
  • New Beginnings Community Center for Well-Being
  • PEI Kids
  • SERV
  • We Make, Autism at Work
  • Womanspace

The Lawrence Township Community Foundation has provided funding to nonprofits serving the Lawrence community twice a year for 18 years.  Anyone wanting more information, or to donate, can visit their website or follow them on Facebook.