Welch added the last round of grant funding had gone specifically to childcare organizations to acquire PPE and cleaning supplies. Additionally, another microgrant was given to CHOW to help address food insecurity. The United Way of Broome County was one of the organizations involved in the efforts, and its executive director told 12 News their work is far from over. The COVID-19 Community Response Fund Alliance was created back in March to address the economic and social problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the alliance announced it was no longer accepting applications for the program. “The needs that were always there, are still there, as well as new and emerging needs and increasing needs in the areas that were always there; childcare certainly comes to mind, food insecurity certainly,” said LoriAnne Welch. (WBNG) — Even as one program comes to a close, the Southern Tier community is doubling down on its efforts to help those less fortunate. In total, the group said it distributed $387,563.52 in grants to 55 area non-profits.