Gaston County Virus Relief Fund Announces Grants


The Gaston County Virus Relief fund announced $85,395 in its first round of grant funding. Those receiving funding are Cherryville Area Ministries, Christ Community Outreach Food Ministry, Dallas High Shoals Christian Social Ministry, Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Olive Branch Ministry, Serving Our Community with Kindness in Springwood (SOCKS) and Gaston Family YMCA. Additionally, the

fund granted two small businesses utility assistance with funds provided by the City of Gastonia. “The Grants Review Committee felt our first priority should be to those front-line agencies offering crisis assistance to residents in our community such as food, utility payments, or rent assistance,” said Ernest Sumner, President of the Gaston Community Foundation. “We have a special focus on populations disproportionately affected by the outbreak”, added Linda Slade, President of the United Way of Gaston County. 

The Gaston County Virus Relief Fund’s goal is to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Funding is restricted to organizations offering programming and services for Gaston County residents. Non-profits or Gastonia small businesses can find information about the grant process at

The fund will retain its flexibility to adapt to ever-changing needs of the community through out the pandemic. “Donations to the fund are critical for us to make the greatest impact to help our citizens”, said Linda Slade. Online gifts can be made at Gaston County Virus Relief Fund is jointly administered by United Way of Gaston County and the Gaston Community Foundation and in partnership with the City of Gastonia, Duke Energy, and the Gaston County Business Task Force.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053

Street Address:
1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054




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