By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action

Last updated 11:30 a.m. March 30.

Funders’ efforts to support nonprofits amid the COVID-19 outbreak have continued to grow, and JVA is committed to keeping changemakers up to date on the opportunities that exist.

Many foundations have announced the allocation of funding; not all have released specific information on how to apply. For information tailored to your specific organization, please consider JVA’s COVID-19 Funding Research option.

This blog will be updated as new information becomes available.

Colorado funders

The following Colorado government entities and foundations have indicated they are establishing funds related specifically to COVID-19:

  • The Colorado COVID Relief Fund application is now live and can be accessed here. This fund, hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, “will provide flexible resources to organizations in our state working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.” The fund’s application is expected to open soon, and you can sign up to receive an email when the application is available.
  • The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has created a Community Assistance Fund to “assist organizations responding to the emerging critical needs of impoverished, vulnerable children, families and individuals,” in Denver and the Aspen-Parachute corridor and in Southeast Michigan. Nonprofits must apply via the Foundation grant portal by no later than April 15, 2020. Nonprofits may apply for up to $20,000. Requests must be directly related to COVID-19 and not an ongoing need. Small to mid-sized organizations ($500k – $5m) will be given primary consideration. Other requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado has created the Ayuda Colorado Fund to support Latino-led and Latino-serving nonprofits and immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes direct grants, support and resource sharing to leadership during times of crisis. Specifics are to come.
  • Caring for Denver has created a Colorado COVID-19 Support Fund and contributed to an emergency childcare program for children of providers in Denver supporting critically at-risk populations. Funding supporting mental health services and self-care has been designated for more than 20 organizations. To find out about future funding opportunities, visit caring4denver.org or follow facebook.com/caring4denver.
  • NextFifty Initiative will distribute up to $1 million in grants to support organizations impacted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Response Fund “will offer general operating support for Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose work primarily benefits older adults (those 50+) and any 501(c)(3) organization who has previously received funding from NextFifty Initiative in any state.” Detailed information and the application are here.
  • The Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund “will provide flexible resources to entities working to support the food and nutritional needs of communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.” Learn more and apply here.
  • El Pomar Foundation has announced the establishment of the Colorado Assistance Fund (CAF), a $1 million fund offering immediate aid to nonprofits supporting Colorado communities, organizations and individuals affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to a news release, “Grants from the fund will be distributed to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or government entities supporting access to appropriate healthcare and meeting basic human needs such as food access, rent and utility assistance, and emergency services for individuals and communities impacted by the virus.”

It continues: “El Pomar staff will determine need through three primary avenues. In addition to coordinating with county public health departments and nonprofit organizations around the state, the Foundation will rely on input from several advisory councils of local leaders to identify the specific needs within Colorado’s rural communities.”

  • Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has released unrestricted emergency funding to 43 arts and culture organizations it had supported in the previous 18 months.

The foundation CEO notes: “We fully expect that this action will need to be followed by other investments and we are prepared to do what is needed to support our community’s cultural vibrancy during this time of crisis.”

(Additional lists of emergency funding and resources for artists can be found on the Americans for the Arts website and I Care If You Listen.)

Please review your specific funder’s website for details. You may need to consult with a foundation representative to make specific arrangements.

Other funders have extended their deadlines for upcoming grants; check with yours for any updates.

  • The Colorado Trust noted in an email this week that “There is a tremendous amount of need arising out of the epidemic. The Colorado Trust is planning to provide emergency funding as part of a coordinated response fund with other Colorado foundations and entities. These discussions are already underway and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”

The Colorado Trust also noted that it will honor all of its existing 2020 funding commitments.

Community foundations

  • Throughout the state, community foundations are also mobilizing:
    • The Denver Foundation (TDF) has activated its Critical Needs Fund, “a flexible and responsive source of funds.” A gift to the fund, the foundation’s website says, “will help mobilize resources to protect the health of the most vulnerable people in Metro Denver during the COVID-19 public health crisis.” TDF also created a list of recommended grantees who support basic human needs in the Denver area. Those in a position to donate can do so here.
    • Likewise, the Boulder County Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Response Fund, noting that: “At this critical time, investing in continuing access to care, food, hygiene, shelter, housing, and other services for the most vulnerable is important to keeping the entire community healthy.”
    • Longmont Community Foundation has established The Neighbor to Neighbor Covid-19 Relief Fund to provide financial resources to charitable organizations in Longmont and St. Vrain Valley area that are involved in supporting populations that have been affected by the outbreak
    • Aspen Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to respond to the needs of the Aspen to Parachute region, explaining: “Monies raised will be disbursed to nonprofit organizations or government entities supporting access to appropriate healthcare and meeting essential human needs such as food access, rent and utilities assistance, and emergency services for individuals and families impacted by the virus.”
    • The Pikes Peak Community Foundation directs nonprofits to a two-page Emergency Response Fund grant application.
    • Yampa Valley Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Response Fund that will support “organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and seasonal workers, chronic health conditions, mobility impaired, youth and our aging population, among others.” Interested donors and partners are instructed to contact Traci Hiatt, donor engagement manager, at traci@yvcf.org.
    • The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County have established the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund to support “local nonprofit organizations that work with people disproportionately affected by the consequences of COVID-19.” Initial recipients will include “human service organizations that address food insecurity, especially for youth and older adults.” Application instructions are on the website.
    • The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado has activated its Community Emergency Relief Fund.
    • Grand Foundation (serving Grand County) has established the Emergency Assistance Fund for the COVID-19 Pandemic. The fund was established to support vulnerable populations, identified as: those with lower incomes, older adults, youth, displaced workers and at-risk populations (with underlying health conditions and/or a disability). “Primary focus areas for this funding will include, but are not limited to, rental/mortgage/utility assistance, food insecurities and grocery access, school districts/primary education support and behavioral health.”
    • The Summit Foundation has established an Emergency Needs Community Fund. It lists additional community resources here.
    • The Telluride Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund will “deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the outbreak and vulnerable individuals and families directly impacted in the Telluride region, including San Miguel, Ouray, west Montrose counties and Rico.”
    • Weld Community Foundation and United Way of Weld County have launched The Weld Recovers Fund: COVID-19 Relief.

National and international funders

Additionally, the following national funders have stated they will allot funds for organizations facing challenges related to the new coronavirus:

  • No Kid Hungry is offering emergency grants to support school districts and nonprofits in ensuring kids get the nutritious food they need. Find a grant request form here.
  • Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation will provide flexible funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Funding will support nonprofit organizations in the health or hunger relief space to provide essential services to people impacted by COVID-19.
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) has created a COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund to “provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.” HIP is allowing its current grantees to apply for up to $15,000 “through a short written or voice message needs assessment.” The organization states that it will respond to requests within a week of receiving them and will offer the chance to apply through at least May 1.
  • The Emergent Fund is building a People’s Bailout Fund to support “grassroots organizations, collectives, and mutual aid projects across the country.”
  • JPMorgan Chase will provide $2 million to its existing nonprofit partners who are facing new challenges supporting vulnerable populations in response to COVID-19. The funds will go to “helping these partners maintain operational capacity as they adjust their programming and provide resources to support their remote working capabilities, resiliency planning, fundraising and communications.”It also plans support for “Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander-owned businesses that may struggle to access capital and keep their doors open.”
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has created a COVID-19 Response Fund, which “will focus on supporting local nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those who are working with the most vulnerable populations in these areas to help build their capacity for response.”

The description continues: “These will include social service organizations focused on supporting hourly wage earners, workers in the gig economy, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.”

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies recently launched the Coronavirus Local Response Initiative, to help U.S. mayors respond to the epidemic. The initiative “will provide cities with virtual technical assistance, coaching, and accurate information urgently needed by the local leaders on the frontlines of the public health crisis.”

The effort is intended to “help local leaders work to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the social and economic well-being of communities.”

Interested mayors and city leaders are instructed to email coronavirusresponse@bloomberg.org to apply.

  • The CDC Foundation has activated its Emergency Response Fund in reaction to COVID-19. Funds “are being used to meet fast-emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for the global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.”
  • Good360, which delivers donated goods to disaster sites, instructs nonprofits in need of products for COVID-19 response and prevention to e-mail kaitlin@good360.org.
  • Midnight (Pacific time) on March 30th is the deadline for 501(c)(3) organizations meeting the health needs of people experiencing homelessness in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for unrestricted funding from Kaiser Permanente and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Unrestricted grants will generally range from $25,000-$50,000.

Other funds, such as the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO and that of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are providing funding that focuses more on research and/or international aid.

JVA will continue to monitor funding opportunities related to COVID-19, and, as always, we encourage you to reach out to us if you’d like the team to conduct more in-depth research on specific opportunities to meet the needs of your particular organization.