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The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has received a $100,000 grant from Google to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Loudoun County.

Funds from Google will be added equally to the Community Foundation’s Community Emergency Relief Fund and Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund.

Community Foundation President Amy Owen said in a prepared statement that she would like to challenge "neighbors, places of worship, HOAs, businesses and community members everywhere to match Google’s generosity."

“Help us leverage Google’s extraordinarily generous gift to Loudoun County by matching it dollar for dollar. A matching gift to the Community Emergency Relief Fund or Tourism & Hospitality Fund doubles the impact. Those of us who are still employed and safe in our homes share that security with our neighbors who have so much less," Owen said.

“Google is pleased to be working with the Community Foundation on such a worthwhile and important program in this time of need. With families and safety net providers struggling with the effects of COVID-19, this is a vital time for us to look out for those in need," Liz Schwab, head of external affairs for Google in Virginia, said in a prepared statement.

The Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) was to established accept and disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts to households in need as well as to shore up human-service nonprofit organizations experiencing financial loss.

Subsequently, the Visit Loudoun Foundation established a Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund to provide financial relief to tourism and hospitality workers experiencing income losses.

“The impact to Loudoun’s tourism and hospitality industry due to COVID-19 has been staggering in terms of business closures and job loss. But this remarkable gift from Google and the tremendous support of the community will help us keep individuals and their families in their homes, ready to fuel Loudoun’s economic recovery," Beth Erickson, president and CEO of Visit Loudoun, said in a prepared statement.

In April, the Community Foundation used funds from the Community Emergency Relief Fund and Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund to grant $55,000 to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.

Loudoun residents who have lost wages because of COVID-19, including tourism and hospitality workers, can call the helpline at 703-669-5040 to request rent assistance for approximately $500.

Google’s grant will be used to increase funding available to these callers as well support front-line human service “safety-net” nonprofits.

Donations to the Community Emergency Relief Fund can be made at communityfoundationlf.org/emergencyrelief. Donations to the Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund can be made at communityfoundationlf.org/tandhfund.

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