September 25, 2020—The National Police Foundation is pleased to launch the National First Responder COVID-19 Grant Relief Program. With funding support from private sector partners, including The Starbucks Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, this program has allowed first responders and survivors of first responders an opportunity to request a grant to reimburse select COVID-19 related expenses, such as mental health and wellness costs, unanticipated dependent care, disinfecting services, and similar costs. Currently, these microgrants are being awarded in an amount up to $1,000 per individual/family and are being distributed directly to the recipients.
“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to design and administer this program and it is one that we are confident will make a difference for many highly impacted first responders and their families,” said Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation. “Together, with the generous contributions from The Starbucks Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, it is our turn to protect the protectors and to help ease some of the financial burdens incurred by many during these challenging times.”
Applications are being reviewed by the National Police Foundation, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 9-1-1 Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE).
Currently, the program is cycling through its second phase of awarding recipients. To date, the NPF has received more than 465 applications requesting more than $360,000 in grant funding from all over the country with applicants from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers, public safety communicators, and more. Applicants have shown a tremendous need for dependent or childcare, decontamination and cleaning expenses, mental health services, and other individual-or family-specific needs.
While this program is generously supported by The Starbucks Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the National Police Foundation is looking for additional funders so that we can continue helping our heroes who are fighting for us on the frontlines.