United Way will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and facilitate a volunteer-driven process to determine awards. To not further burden organizations providing vital services amid the pandemic, we have implemented a streamlined application process. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in our region.
We anticipate there may be multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. We are not able to prioritize organizations that have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services in the first rounds. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to tap the volunteer-driven Community Impact Council to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
The Fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.