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Posted on: October 1, 2020

OBICI COVID-19 Response Fund Grant


COVID‐19 Response Fund for Counties and Cities 

Due to the global health crisis, the Obici Healthcare Foundation wants to support the needs of the local community through a COVID‐19 Response Fund of up to $750,000 for cities and counties in the service area. OHF supports community‐driven solutions for improving the overall social determinants of health for all residents within its service area. It is our goal with this RFP to expand local capacity and address the many needs created by the pandemic.

OHF also recognizes the contribution of small businesses to the vibrancy of local communities. The novel coronavirus disease, COVID‐19, has impacted small business operations resulting in unexpected shifts in service and loss in revenue. We know that small businesses are facing job loss, decreased accessibility to essential supplies and services, heightened vulnerability and social isolation, and economic distress.

The COVID‐19 Response Fund addresses key areas of impact that the coronavirus crisis is having on the public and nonprofit sectors – both the organizations themselves as well as the services they provide in Western Tidewater. The key focus of the Fund is to support Health and Safety of Cities/Counties. Funding will address the needs of city/county municipalities serving the health and safety of individuals in the communities served by the Foundation. The level of funding to each city/county will be determined by population served and overall need of the area. 

 Surry County, VA has been awarded $45,000 from the Obici Healthcare Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund. Funds will be distributed by the Surry County Economic Development Authority in the form of a small business grant program.  

 Please submit applications to Mrs. Linda Gholston, Workforce Development Coordinator by email to lgholston@surrycountyva.govby mail to P.O. Box 65 Surry, VA 23883, or in person between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Surry County Workforce Development Center located at 11916 Rolfe Highway Surry, Virginia 23883.


Grants will be awarded based on the following factors:

Eligibility and Factors to be considered when awarding grant:

  •  Businesses must have been established and operational within Surry County prior to January 2020 
  • Businesses and business owners must possess a current Surry County or Town Business License.
  • Business owners must indicate on the application how their business has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Must be a small business with 50 or fewer employees at up to $5,000 per establishment to assist with fixed cost expenses such as rent, utilities and some marketing.
  •  Purchase of medical supplies, medical safety equipment, screening, and diagnostic tools for COVID‐19 testing in relationship to crisis only. All purchases must align with a COVID‐19 need.
  •  Other general education and safety needs for organizations that have been impacted by COVID‐19, resulting in an increased demand in services or a decrease in the capacity of the organization to deliver services. (iPads, laptops, and computers will not be funded by the Grant)


In the event there are any remaining funds from the Obici Healthcare Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund Grant, such funds shall be returned to the County.

The County or EDA will not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, including status as a service disabled veteran, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law. Allegations of any discrimination should be made to the County Administrator, Melissa Rollins, .

OBICI COVID-19 Response Fund Grant

OBICI COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Application

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