COVID-19 Disaster Relief

COVID-19 Disaster Relief

SIF170 COVID-19 Disaster Relief

Project Manager: John Koskey

Provide emergency assistance to the Charlottesville community, UVA staff, and contract workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approved: Spring 2020

Project Dates: 4/01/2020 – 3/31/2023

Funding Awarded: $3,500,000

Executive Summary

In April 2020 and in response to the emerging needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Ryan announced that the SIF would provide disaster relief support to the UVA and Charlottesville communities. One million dollars was given to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to help stabilize households in Charlottesville who were affected by the pandemic. An additional two million dollars was set aside to establish the Employee Assistance Fund (EAF), with the purpose of assisting UVA contract workers and employees experiencing hardship. In May, President Ryan increased the award to the EAF by $500,000.

Read more in UVA Today.

Current Status: Active


This award was reviewed very favorably by the PAC at both the December 2020 and 2021 meetings. The project team implemented this award with unparalleled speed and skill. Within only a matter of a few days, they developed the team of personnel, application process, consistent and equitable award guidelines, request evaluation process, and award distribution process to distribute nearly $2.7M by early December. These awards were made to over 3,000 University employees, just under 2,000 individuals working for University-affiliated contractors, and nearly 300 University-associated organizations. The project team conducted an impressive post-implementation review and shared the results in their report. The PAC concluded that this award is an excellent investment in the Institution’s human resources, as well as an important step in fulfilling our role in the community. In the past year, the fund has transitioned to become a broader Employee Assistance Fund, and continues to be a valuable resource to support UVA employees in times of need