The Licking County Foundation and the United Way of Licking County have been privileged to assist many local organizations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, qualified charitable organizations operating in Licking County that continue to need support in order to provide direct services to residents whose basic needs are unmet due to COVID-19 may contact Licking County Foundation at 

Licking County Foundation is deeply grateful for the vital collaborations among the nonprofit, business, civic, and government sectors across Licking County that brought help and hope to so many individuals and families in our community during COVID-19. We will stay the course and continue to work together so that all residents will have the opportunity to live healthy, happy, and hopeful lives in Licking County.

Grant Distributed 

A total of twenty-three local organizations have received funds from the Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund, a joint effort of the Licking County Foundation, United Way of Licking County, and several community partners. To date, contributions to the Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund exceed $280,000 from corporations, civic and philanthropic partners including donations from individuals and families across the county. These grants totaling $219,550 were awarded to help cover costs of providing immediate, basic human needs to Licking County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

August 15, 2020 Distributions 

Licking Memorial Hospital: $25,000 to support expenses and services related to COVID-19 preparations and resources needed to care for the community during the pandemic

July 14, 2020 Distributions 

The Turban Project: $5,000 to an-all volunteer program that makes and distributes free headwear and other items for people who have lost their hair for medical reasons, for supplies needed to continue making face masks and face mask kits they are providing free-of-charge to Licking County residents and organizations.

Behavioral Healthcare Partners: $10,000 to provide personal hygiene supplies, personal protective items, and cleaning supplies for Licking County citizens served through all of BHP's programs.

Licking County Job and Family Services: $60,000 to continue to lessen economic impact of COVID-19 on Licking County residents experiencing employment changes, and to respond to a high volume of need among senior citizens on fixed incomes who are incurring costs associated with self-quarantine and other protective measures during the pandemic.  

June 09, 2020  Distributions

Licking Valley High School: $2,000 to provide essential food and personal hygiene items to Licking Valley High School and middle school students in need through the Panther Pantry.

Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program: $5,500 to support needs related to providing integrated mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services to Licking County residents through telehealth and online group formats.

Pathways of Central Ohio: $10,000 to support the continuation of the 2-1-1 Crisis Hotline and Information Center as an essential resource for Licking County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Look Up Center: $10,000 to support re-opening the free, adult dental and vision clinics to provide these essential health services.

May 27, 2020  Distributions

Licking County Aging Program (LCAP): $4,500 to secure and distribute hand sanitizer and masks necessary to support the mask wearing recommendations for seniors who need to leave their homes for medical appointments or other reasons. The supplies will be distributed to all of the seniors in LCAP programs as many have not been able to acquire the items on their own. 

May 05, 2020 Distributions

Licking County Aging Program (LCAP): $3,000 to assist the organization to provide personal hygiene items to Licking County senior citizens who are homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 27, 2020 Distributions

Buckeye Valley Family YMCA:  $10,000 to support a temporary pandemic child care center which serves frontline families providing essential health, safety and other services. 

Pataskala Community Outreach:  $3,000 to support families and seniors in the Pataskala area with lunches and family bags which include basic necessities for the week. 

Newton Township Fire Department:  $550 to support the purchase of safety glasses and secure storage for the Department’s PPE for first responders.

April 22, 2020 Distributions 

Catholic Social Services: $3,000 to provide emergency food/water, personal hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, or other supportive services to Licking County residents who are 60 years and older, particularly those who are homebound and/or without family support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Pantry Network of Licking County: $30,000 to help feed the increasing number of Licking County residents seeking food assistance now and in the coming months. 

Licking County Health Department: $2,000 to support improvements for sharing information virtually with constituents about current public health guidance and countywide emergency response; and to improve safety of interactions with the public for the limited services that must conducted in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 14, 2020 Distributions

Crossroads Crusaders: $3,000 to provide emergency food/water, personal hygiene supplies or other supplies for sheltering-in-place to individuals who are unsheltered or homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John's Helping Hands 1973: $3,000 to provide emergency food or shelter for families during the COVID-19 pandemic, or shelter to allow distancing of individuals as a result of COVID-19 symptoms.

Licking County Champions Network: $3,000 to provide emergency food/water, personal hygiene supplies or clothing to individuals who are unsheltered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Licking County Job & Family Services: $10,000 from the Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund and $10,000 in partnership with the Lindorf-Warner Memorial Fund of the Licking County Foundation to respond to the economic impact on Licking County residents (including individuals, couples without minor children, or families with adult children who had to return home) as a result of employment changes due to COVID-19.  Priority will be given to expenses related to preparing for or involvement in self-quarantine and social distancing.  Other services include assistance with rent, housing, deposits, utilities, mortgage, car payments, and car insurance.  Those who meet household composition and income standards (currently at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline) may be eligible for support. Licking County Job and Family Services has other programs and services that may be available for eligible families with minor children and senior citizens who have needs related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Those needing assistance should call 740.670.8706 to apply. This program will continue until funds are exhausted.

Look-Up Center: $3,000 to provide emergency food/water, personal hygiene supplies or cleaning supplies to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly to those without transportation.

Newark Homeless Outreach: $3,000 to provide emergency food/water and personal hygiene supplies to individuals who are unsheltered, homeless or in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

St. Vincent de Paul Center, Inc.: $3,000 to support the increased need for supplies necessary to safely shelter-in-place the residents of St. Vincent Haven.

The Salvation Army: $25,000 to feed families and adults in need as a result of the pandemic, and for general operating support due to dramatically increased demand for the Army’s services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A committee representing Licking County Foundation, United Way of Licking County and community members oversee the distribution process, which will continue on a rolling basis while funds are available.