By the Joining Vision and Action team

Last updated 1:45 p.m. May 28.

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.

Also see JVA’s blogs on What’s in This Massive $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Legislation?, CARES Act Loans, Credits and Other Support for Nonprofits and, most recently, What’s in the Latest Round of Federal Stimulus Funding?

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 Gates Family Foundation COVID-19 Education Innovation Fund is a K-12 initiative dedicated to supporting innovation in learning and provide support via: “learning dollars” for families facing economic hardship to expand access to summer learning; funding for locally driven efforts to design and test new models of learning; and
    funding to districts and others to develop strategies that address the systemic disruption of school and district operations due to COVID-19 for the summer and 2020-21 school year. Deadlines are June 1, June 15, July 1 and July 15.
  • The 1st Southwest Community Fund: COVID-19 Rapid Response and Recovery Loan Fund aims to protect jobs and invest in communities with populations of under 50,000 in the short, medium, and long term by providing affordable loans to rural Colorado businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Deadline is not specified.
  • The Rose Community Foundation General COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Grant Opportunity will support organizations working to mitigate or alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 on communities in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Grants will be structured as general operating or programmatic grants, at the request of the applicant. Deadline is May 27.
  • The Rose Community Foundation Jewish Life COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Grant Opportunity is accepting funding requests to enable Jewish nonprofits to focus on immediate recovery from COVID-19 and support near- and long-term mission fulfillment. Deadline is June 5.
  • The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI): Community Partnership Program: Displaced Workers Grant will increase the availability and accessibility of pre-collegiate and postsecondary student support services throughout the state by improving strategies for adults in postsecondary education. Deadline is May 20.
  • The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF): Responsive Community Impact Funding will connect historically overlooked populations to support services that provide access to health care delivery in order to address the impact and effect of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The deadline is rolling.
  • The Colorado COVID Relief Fund, hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, has three funding priority areas: prevention, impact and recovery. Funds for Deadline 4 (May 16 at 7 p.m. MT) will be distributed in the Impact and Recovery categories.
  • RedLine Arts in Society grants will provide funding to support individuals and organizations who seek to implement projects that utilize the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare, including, but not limited, to projects responding to COVID-19 related needs. The second round of applications is open. Deadline is June 1.
  • The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation: COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund plans awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, with the goal of injecting much-needed revenue to keep organizations afloat. Partners hope to open applications in early June with a deadline at the end of June.
  • 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 Electronic Recording Technology Board: COVID-19 Emergency Grant will provide funding to ensure the security, accuracy and preservation of public records during the COVID-19 crisis through support for the purchase of up to three laptops and necessary software per county in Colorado.
  • 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 here.
  • Brothers Redevelopment is one of two agencies in the state that will soon provide emergency rental and mortgage assistance to eligible Coloradans in all 64 counties. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) has established an online mapping tool to help Coloradans identify the entity providing emergency funding in their location. Brothers Redevelopment is also encouraging applicants to go through 211, as additional or alternative resources may be available. Find income guidelines here.
  • Colorado Creative Industries has two separate opportunities. It created a COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant for nonprofit arts organizations in Colorado with an annual operating budget of less than $1 million. Deadline for this fund is June 1. Colorado Creative Industries will also distribute CARES Act funds to nonprofit arts organizations in Colorado to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. Deadline for these grants is May 15.
  • The Colorado Health Foundation has modified the funding opportunities available for its June 15 grant deadline in response to the impact of COVID-19 in an effort “to meet communities where they are.” The foundation has also decided to close its responsive grants program and two funding opportunities for June. Learn more here.
  • Exponential Impact, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and others have teamed up to offer immediate relief in El Paso County. Survive & Thrive COS is providing recovery funding in the form of low-interest loans of up to $25,000, mentorship and other resources to support resiliency and continue building healthy businesses and nonprofits.
  • 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. This opportunity is invitation-only.
  • 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.
  • Rose Community Foundation (RCF) has awarded grants to nonprofits supporting vulnerable and impacted populations. RCF has also committed the entirety of its remaining 2020 grantmaking to a multiphased response to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Several area funders including RCF and Caring for Colorado have also indicated that current grantees may shift their funding to cover general operations costs and that they will be flexible regarding grantees meeting stated objectives in current grants if programs are negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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.

Community foundations

  • Throughout the state, community foundations are also mobilizing:
    • The Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund is supporting nonprofits serving Jefferson County. The second round of grants has opened and is for nonprofits experiencing a negative impact to operating budgets due to suspended programming, canceled fundraising events and/or shrinking or lack of resources to continue their work during this period of social isolation. While the aim is to stabilize many nonprofits that contribute to the quality of life and health of Jefferson County, priority will be given to organizations critical to delivering services for the most vulnerable and for whom a grant will contribute financial viability in the months to come. The deadline for Round 2 applications is May 7.
    • 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.”
    • The Chafee County Community Foundation has activated an Emergency Response Fund.
    • The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley has created a COVID-19 Recovery Fund.
    • 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.
    • The Denver Foundation (TDF) has activated its Critical Needs Fund to support nonprofits from metro Denver and across Colorado that are helping communities respond to COVID-19.

National funders

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

  • The Nursing Home Innovations Grant Board has opened the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Application for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Communicative Technology Request. The program is to assist in the prevention and control of COVID-19 in nursing homes by providing adaptive communication technologies to nursing home residents in times of significantly restricted visitors and non-essential personnel. Deadline is not specified.
  • The Twilio: Impact Fund: COVID-19 Crisis Line Grant will support organizations that operate crisis lines for people impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Deadline is June 5.
  • National Equity Fund Housing Charities is offering COVID-19 grants to help offset the social and economic impact that COVID-19 is having on residents living in affordable housing communities across the country. Funding will support nonprofit developers and service providers of Low Income Housing Tax Credits properties to administer direct assistance to the most vulnerable residents. Deadline is not specified.
  • The Business and Industry CARES Act Guaranteed Loan Program aims to help rural businesses and agricultural producers meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic through the provision of loan guarantees. Deadline is June 22.
  • The National Council on Aging: COVID-19 Community Response Fund will support community-based organizations that are directly serving older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline is rolling.
  • The U.S. Tennis Association: Facility Recovery Grants will help tennis facilities defray some of the tennis-related costs associated with reopening in 2020 if the facility closed as a result of the impact of COVID-19. Deadline is rolling.
  • The Borealis Philanthropy (et al.): COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities will support trans-led organizations and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary communities that are organizing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Deadline is rolling.
  • The Alkermes: Inspiration Grants: COVID-19 Relief Fund will support innovative and impactful projects designed to address acute and long-term challenges that patients, caregivers and family members face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must address the needs of people living with addiction, people living with serious mental illness, and/or people with a cancer diagnosis. Deadline is May 20.
  • The CIG Capital: COVID-19 Grant and Loan Program will support organizations in need of immediate or emergency help and ongoing funding due to the COVID-19 public health emergency financial assistance for a range of projects, including real estate, hospitality, health care, government operations, or infrastructure for both commercial- and government-related projects. Deadline is August 1. 
  • The Islamic Relief USA: COVID-19 Emergency Response (Round 2) will provide emergency assistance in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Deadline is May 19.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services will assist Indian tribes and organizations primarily serving Native Hawaiians in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future COVID-19 needs of the Native American and Native Hawaiian communities they serve. Deadline is June 12.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Grants for Museums and Libraries will support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future COVID-19 needs of the communities and audiences they serve. Deadline is June 12.
  • National Education Association Foundation: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants will support educator-led initiatives to adapt to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic during the summer months of 2020. Deadline is May 14.
  • Global Down Syndrome Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Relief Global Grants will provide support, during the COVID-19 public health emergency, to smaller, local Down Syndrome organizations that need bridge grants to keep their lights on during the economic shutdown. Deadline is May 27.
  • Western States Arts Federation: WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations will provide general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming) impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline is rolling.
  • Open Road Alliance: COVID-19 Response Charitable Grants aim to reduce the economic and social hardships experienced by communities due to the COVID-19 emergency by supporting organizations engaging in direct COVID-19 response. Deadline is rolling.
  • Open Road Alliance will also offer COVID-19 loans to support mid-implementation projects facing an unexpected roadblock due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline is rolling.
  • The Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance: Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant will support state and local governments/agencies via a broad range of criminal justice and law enforcement activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Deadline is May 29.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program: COVID-19 Projects will support, and/or support the creation of, model state activities that will lead to measurable environmental or public health results in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks. Deadline is June 30.
  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund: Strengthening Institutions Program will provide formula funding awards for institutions of higher education that serve low-income students and that are facing challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding agency encourages award recipients to use as much of the award funds as possible to provide student grants. Deadline is August 1.
  • The NDN Collective: COVID-19 Response Project will provide immediate relief to underserved communities through support for indigenous-led frontline organizations and tribes that provide essential services during the COVID-19 health crisis. This rolling application process is expected to release grant award notifications within two weeks of receipt of a complete grant application. Applications will be accepted through May 29.
  • The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will support organizations that align with the funding agency’s mission as they confront the numerous and unexpected challenges created by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The funding agency generally focuses its work in the fields of justice reform and safe and healthy communities, with a focus on ending gun violence.
  • The Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program: COVID-19 Supplemental program will provide supplemental assistance directly to eligible fire departments, non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations, and state fire training academies for critical personal protective equipment  and supplies needed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Deadline to apply is May 15.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Assistance Program COVID-19 Funds will address fair housing issues related to the coronavirus public health emergency. Eligible applicants are state and local agencies that are currently participating in the Fair Housing Assistance Program. Deadline is rolling.
  • The American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Voices for Healthy Kids: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant is intended is to support COVID-19 public health emergency response and relief efforts to meet immediate community needs targeted at safety net issues. Awards will support policy and systemic changes at the state, tribal, or local level, and should focus on the needs of the communities most impacted by health inequities. Grants are due by Monday at 5 p.m. PST each week from May 4 through May 25, or until funding is depleted.
  • The Rural Tribal COVID-19 Response Program will assist tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and health service providers to tribes to prevent, prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in rural communities. Deadline is May 6.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application will provide funding for costs related to emergency protective measures conducted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency protective measures are activities conducted to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security: Cultural Organizations program will provide emergency assistance to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus. Funding will support at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. Proposed activities should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. Application is due May 11.
  • The National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists will support local coverage of the preparation, response and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, reporting that covers social, emotional, economic and equity issues is especially encouraged. Deadline is rolling.
  • GENYOUth COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding will provide grants of up to $3,000 per school to support K-12 school meal distribution and delivery to students during the COVID-19 public health crisis to ensure that children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need.
  • The First Responders Children’s Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund: Agency Grant will support first responders and their families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Lewis Prize for Music: COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide unrestricted funds to support youth-serving music organizations that demonstrate adaptive and responsive leadership toward, and with, youth and communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Deadline is May 8.
  • Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing has created a COVID-19 Youth Organizing Rapid Response Fund. support youth organizing groups that actively engage low-income youth, youth of color, and/or gender-oppressed youth who are 13 to 25 years of age in organizing collective action for social, economic, or racial justice in sustaining itself and/or responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Funds provided through this program may be used to help eligible organizations to make necessary pivots in program and strategy in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is providing funding to help healthcare providers purchase telecommunications, broadband connectivity, information services and devices necessary for providing telehealth services. The FCC Telehealth Program is open to nonprofits including: post-secondary educational institutions offering healthcare instruction, teaching hospitals and medical schools, community health centers, local health departments or agencies, community mental health centers, not-for-profit hospitals, rural health clinics, skilled nursing facilities or consortia of healthcare providers consisting of one or more entities falling into the first seven categories.
  • The CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund will support institutions of higher education (IHEs) to provide students with emergency financial aid to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
  • Banfield Foundation has established COVID-19 Respond and Rebuild Grants to provide financial support to nonprofit animal organizations, local/state government agencies and veterinary schools impacted by COVID-19. Grant opportunities will be offered in two phases: (1) immediate support through COVID-19 Respond Grants for organizations working to provide veterinary care to owned pets, and (2) COVID-19 Rebuild Grants, available beginning June 1, to assist organizations as they rebuild their capacity to care for pets and resume medical operations. Banfield is also suspending its usual gap year rule.
  • PetSmart Charities is providing COVID-19 Emergency Relief grants, which will focus on: 1) organizations working within the official coordinated response efforts to serve the pets of people hospitalized or quarantined due to the virus; and 2) high-volume intake shelters with increased number of pet intakes also due to the virus. More info and the application are here.
  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance has created The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program to assist eligible states, local units of government and tribes in preventing, preparing for and responding to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local and tribal prisons, jails and detention centers. Deadline is May 29.
  • The Pollination Project is providing $1,000 grants for volunteer community projects that directly respond to COVID-19. Projects must do one of the following: directly prevent the spread of COVID-19 or support direct provision of health care and support to those affected; bolster the ability to care for all life in our communities, both human and non-human; or shift work into the virtual realm so that applicants are still able to meet community needs while social distancing, quarantine and isolation are necessary. The application is posted.
  • 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 will support the work of current and prospective grantees as they meet the needs of their communities related to COVID-19. Emergent Fund prioritizes grassroots organizing and power building in Indigenous communities and communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination.
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies 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.” Interested mayors and city leaders are instructed to email coronavirusresponse@bloomberg.org to apply.
  • Good360, which delivers donated goods to disaster sites, asks nonprofits in need of products for COVID-19 response and prevention to complete a brief form.

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.