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  • Kristina Riffle Semukete

COVID-19 Community Grant Opportunities

The world is a scary place right now: families are food insecure, elderly fear dying alone, children are out of school, libraries are closed, businesses are shut down, and most people are suffering in some way due to COVID-19. Nonprofits are stepping up to help people in their community during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, grant funders are opening up new opportunities to provide economic relief to non-profits, schools, businesses and people in need. Here are ten community grant opportunities we have found to be helpful:


  • Peace Development Fund: De Colores Rapid Response Fund: “Designed for strategic intervention in movement moments like this, 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.”

  • Arizona Community Foundation: COVID-19 Community Response Fund: “The COVID-19 Community Response Fund provides immediate relief to nonprofit organizations in Arizona facing an increased demand for services from clients and communities as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Once the state of emergency has expired, any remaining funds will support nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19 financially as a result of program disruptions or cancellations resulting in revenue loss.”

  • United Way of Greater Atlanta: COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund: “United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta have joined together to establish a Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences.”

  • New York Community Trust: NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund: “The New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture.”

  • Minneapolis Foundation: One MPLS Fund: “The One MPLS Fund will help support business and essential program continuity for local nonprofits that: provide services to address the economic impact on individuals whose employment has been reduced or eliminated as a result of the pandemic and meet basic needs for vulnerable populations, particularly older adults and youth.”

  • A Better Chicago: Emergency Relief Fund: “A Better Chicago is now accepting grant applications for projects and initiatives providing assistance to low-income youth and families experiencing significant hardship due to COVID-19. The focus is on Black and Latin youth due to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on these communities and the systemic inequities that exist in Chicago. The plan is to make grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 over three to six months.”

  • United Way of Palm Beach County: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery Grant: “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery Grants will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County and Martin County whose staff, services, and clients have been impacted by this disaster.”

  • Community Foundation of the Virginias: Community Impact Project: “The Community Impact Project supports nonprofit organizations providing vital services to the Mercer County and Tazewell County area due to the coronavirus crisis. Services provided by the nonprofits could include childcare, elder care, patient care, emergency response services, financial assistance to people out of work, nutritional assistance, and other similar services.”

  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation: Community Urgent Relief Fund: “The Community Urgent Relief Fund supports local nonprofits providing meals, shelter, childcare and other necessities for families and individuals impacted by COVID-19 in Kalamazoo County.”

  • East Bay Community Foundation: COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund: “COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations addressing the economic impact of the broader COVID-19 outbreak, including the immediate needs of communities and organizations affected by coronavirus-related closures. There is no Request for Proposals (RFP) or application process. Interested organizations may contact the Foundation via email if they feel they meet the grant criteria.”


If you need help finding a grant for your community, or need to apply for one we have listed above, we would be happy to assist you. Contact us today at santacruzgrants@gmail.com.

Stay home and stay healthy!



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