The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties has announced $18,000 in grant money to support several volunteer fire departments and ambulance corps during the pandemic.
The Hero Fund America, a field-of-interest fund from the Community Foundation, has been awarding grant money since 2016 to support fire, law enforcement and EMS organizations.
Typically, the fund only awards three $1,000 competitive grants each year. But officials said the COVID-19 pandemic has led to its board allocating money for 18 grants this year.
Among the recipients are volunteer fire departments in Floyd, Westmoreland, Sherrill, Deerfield, Lake Delta, Maynard, New York Mils and Sauquoit, as well the Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
“Hero Fund America is stepping up its commitment to emergency response organizations when it really counts,” said Alicia Dicks, president/CEO of The Community Foundation.
“By transforming today’s challenges into opportunities to help, Hero Fund America is both paying tribute to the selflessness of first responders and advancing a truly worthwhile mission.”