Tri-County COVID-19 Response Fund FAQ's

Last updated 4-8-20
How is Trident United Way working with others on their COVID-19 Response?

We are partnering with different community leaders in various ways.

Collecting Funds

Trident United Way and The Post and Courier launched the Tri-County COVID-19 Response Fund on March 18, 2020 to address the emerging needs presented by the impact from COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are here - UNITED - to support our community and improve lives.

Disbursing Funds

Trident United Way has partnered with Coastal Community Foundation to manage requests for funding in the Tri-County area, Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, to ensure funds are disbursed to meet the greatest needs related to COVID-19.

What will the COVID-19 Response Fund support?

TUW provides funding to qualifying organizations with which we have an existing relationship and at least 50% of the organization’s service population is at or below 200% of the poverty level. An existing relationship is defined as a documented relationship as an active Network partner or as a current or a previous Program Investment grantee, Basic Needs grantee or Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant recipient in good standing. Funds will primarily be used to address the emerging basic needs of individuals or families related to the COVID-19 crisis. For nonprofits needing more information, please visit the COVID-19 Response fund for Nonprofits: COVID-19 Response Fund Parameters and Requirements page.

I am an individual affected by the COVID-19 situation. Can I apply for assistance from this Fund?

We are not able to provide direct assistance to individuals.  We are committed to supporting community-based organizations that are directly supporting local families and residents, who are most affected. 

If you are an individual seeking assistance due to impacts from COVID-19, please contact the 211 Helpline to get connected to local resources, which will include organizations seeking funding to specifically address the needs resulting from COVID- 19 crisis. Dial 211 or visit and look for the Coronavirus Information and Resource page.

How do I know my contributions will go to the organizations providing help to those in need? 

Trident United Way will deploy resources to nonprofits through an application process and disburse funds in the most effective ways that best support the community’s needs.  We will provide regular updates on our website. Additionally, we will include a full-recap report in our next Philanthropy and Impact Report scheduled to be published Fall 2020.

Should I direct donations directly to other nonprofit organizations or give to this fund?

Yes, you are encouraged to give directly to organizations you may have supported in the past or nonprofits you know are addressing needs in your community. TUW’s fund is not the only fund nor can it solely  support all nonprofits working at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Funds are collected on a continuing basis and we will continue providing funds , at our ability, to nonprofits as long as funds are available.   

Questions about COVID-19 Response Fund?

Please see below to ask general questions and include “COVID-19” in the subject line:


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