COVID-19 Related Grants

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The Restoration and Resilience COVID Recovery Fund, an initiative of the National Environmental Education Foundation, is providing grants to support public lands, including parks, nature areas, and other green spaces, that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is on supporting agencies and organizations responsible for maintaining public lands by distributing resources and mobilizing volunteers to help keep up with increased human presence in these delicate ecosystems. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded. Nonprofit organizations, state or federal government agencies, federally recognized tribes and local governments, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. The application deadlines are April 1 and June 1, 2021. To learn more, click here.

The Brave of Heart Fund was co-founded in May 2020 by the New York Life and Cigna foundations, industry-leading financial and health service organizations, alongside charitable partner E4E Relief. The fund provides financial and emotional support to the surviving family members of frontline healthcare workers and volunteers who lost their lives in the fight against COVID-19. The two foundations seeded the fund with $25 million each, with the goal of growing it to $100 million through support from other corporations and individuals. New York Life Foundation is also matching gifts from individuals, dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $25 million. In support of its mission, the fund is accepting applications for Phase II grants. Impacted families may apply for financial support of up to $60,000 per family for long-term needs, including medical care and counseling, housing, food, transportation, and the educational needs of family members. Deadline is May 15, 2021. To learn more, click here.

National Geographic‘s COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators supports individual educators, or individual educators working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers, to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in remote or hybrid learning environments. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 are provided in the subject areas of science, social studies, and geography. Priority is given to educators working in communities that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. K-12 teaching professionals worldwide who work directly with students in the classroom are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a continual basis. To learn more, click here.

The SBHSN Student Support Recovery Grant is accepting applications from local education agencies (LEAs), charter school management companies, public schools, charter schools, and private schools throughout the U.S. to help them implement telehealth mental health program services for children impacted by short and long-term school closures. Grants will range up to $250,000. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is no longer available. To learn more, click here.

The G4GC Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund seeks to support U.S. coalitions and organizations that have been fighting historical inequities and the marginalization of girls of color well before COVID-19. The Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations (including those with fiscal sponsorship) and coalitions led by womxn or girls of color and/or with a primary mission to reach girls of color, fem(mes), and gender-expansive youth of color. Applications will be accepted by invitation only through November 2020; however, interested organizations can submit an interest form for consideration. FAQs are available here. To learn more, click here.

The LyftUp COVID-19 Community Grants program provides support to organizations in the U.S. as well as British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. Through the Essential Deliveries program, organizations that need delivery services for essential goods—such as groceries, medical supplies, auto parts, and home necessities—are matched with Lyft drivers, who can carry the deliveries out. Additionally, in collaboration with 500+ community partners, Lyft is helping provide essential services, including trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, healthcare appointments, etc., to those in need. Requests may be submitted at any time. To learn more, click here.

AIDS United‘s Relief, Recovery, and Resilience Fund is currently supporting nonprofit organizations that are experiencing challenges meeting the needs of people living with and at risk for HIV and AIDS because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of the Fund is on access to HIV care, housing, food, etc. Grants of up to $15,000 will be provided to nonprofit organizations in the southern U.S. states, as well as organizations nationwide that serve people who use drugs or communities of color, especially Black communities. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as long as funds are available. To learn more, click here.

In response to COVID-19, Enterprise Community Partner‘s Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Stability program is working to ensure that vulnerable, low-income families and individuals can remain in their homes and access support during this crisis. The program offers nonprofit community partners a broad range of support. Owners or operators of affordable housing that are interested in learning more about the program may submit an online inquiry at any time. To learn more, click here.

Arts Administrators of Color has created the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. To learn more, click here.

The ECMC Foundation works to improve post-secondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds nationwide. The Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: The College Success category aims to increase the number of students from historically and presently underserved backgrounds who persist through and graduate from an institution of higher education with a bachelor’s degree. The Career Readiness category aims to improve post-secondary career and technical education outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. The Foundation is giving priority to requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year; proposals are reviewed by invitation only. To learn more, click here.

One Young World‘s COVID-19 Young Leaders Fund supports young leaders around the world who are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines. Funding is provided for efforts focused on the sustainable development goals with a clear connection to combating COVID-19. Examples include producing medical supplies to tackle the infection or symptoms of the virus, providing resources to disadvantaged children to support the continuation of education during school closures, protecting victims of domestic violence during lockdown, providing sanitation resources to help prevent the spread of the virus, and creating work for unemployed persons in vital sectors. Supported activities should impact more than 500 people directly and focus on assisting the most vulnerable in society. Projects founded or managed by young leaders (aged approximately 18-35) are eligible. Applications are currently being accepted. To learn more, click here.

The Adira Foundation is running a fast-track COVID-19 response grant program that offers funding to nonprofit organizations whose focus is on people with neurodegenerative diseases and who are ready to quickly and responsibly assist these communities. Organizations serving people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease and/or their caregivers are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will conclude when the funding has been fully distributed. To learn more, click here.

With a goal of getting financial resources to trans-led organizations and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary communities who are organizing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generations, Destination Tomorrow’s TRANScend Community Impact Fund, and Third Wave Fund have launched the COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities. Activities supported by the collective include but are not limited to mutual aid and care support networks; healing and virtual wellness spaces; online/virtual programming needs; living stipends for members and/or staff; basic needs (i.e., food, rent support, shelter, utilities; and organizing and advocacy. Funders will review applications on a weekly basis and collectively decide how to resource prospective grantees. Grants of up to $10,000 will be made, with larger grants to be made on a case-by-case basis. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, click here.

The non-profit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding. The Virginia 30 Day Fund is designed to be quick, easy, and free of red tape, as small business owners work to keep employees on board in the near term. All we ask in return: if you can, pay it forward. To learn more, click here.

The Strategic Opportunities Support (SOS) Rapid Response Fund has always provided flexible and immediate funding to organizations responding to changing political landscapes and working to build collective power at critical junctures. Grants of $2,500 to $5,000 currently support organizing that responds to opportunities or dangers affecting the health, safety, or human rights of incarcerated and directly impacted people based on COVID-19 policies or practices. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To learn more, click here.

The De Colores Rapid Response Fund offers grants of $500 to $1,000 to grassroots organizations working to make positive community interventions through strategic, organizing-focused approaches, especially in marginalized communities of color and working-class communities. More information on the criteria and application instructions can be found here or by emailing the program coordinator.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders. The Center is seeking proposals that involve a strategic and concerted effort by multiple journalists or newsrooms to pursue a reporting project together, leveraging resources, expertise, and publication platforms. Priority is given to proposals that focus on systemic, under-reported issues underlying the coronavirus crisis; use data-driven or interdisciplinary approaches to reporting on coronavirus; and hold the powerful accountable. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To learn more, click here.

PEN America champions the freedom to write, in the United States and globally, and recognizes the power of the word to transform the world. To that end, the organization is inviting applications to its Writers’ Emergency Fund. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic. PEN America is expanding the fund as part of its efforts to support the literary community at a time when the health and livelihoods of so many are at risk. Through the fund, grants of between $500 and $1,000 will be awarded in support of writers demonstrating an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund is intended to assist fiction and nonfiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, click here.

Community Knights has set aside $20,000 to provide support and resources to the nonprofit and public school organizations who will need financial support during this time. To learn more and to apply, click here.

The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the health or hunger relief field providing essential services to people impacted by COVID-19. The Foundation plans to review applications on a rolling basis and approve funding as soon as possible. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000, but larger amounts will be considered. To learn more, click here.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched the Coronavirus Local Response Initiative to help American mayors respond to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus. Bloomberg Philanthropies will work with partners to identify the needs and lessons learned from cities experiencing the outbreak in real time, which can then be shared with additional cities eager to get ahead of the virus’ spread. With public health expertise from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the network will provide mayors with the most up-to-date information on the virus from the Centers for Disease Control and help them understand and act on the most relevant and accurate information available. Mayors will convene virtually and receive coaching on crisis leadership and crisis communications. This initiative is open to all U.S. cities and will accommodate as many participants as possible. Interested mayors and city leaders should email to apply.