By the Joining Vision and Action team

Last updated August 19, 2020.

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.

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Colorado funders

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

  • Denver Economic Development and Opportunity has received federal COVID-19 relief funding, and is providing grants of up to $15,000 to Denver nonprofits in need. A new round is expected to open in October.
  • The Colorado Producer and Food System COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will provide flexible resources to producers and entities working to support the needs of small- and mid-sized producers (with 2019 gross cash farm sales between $1,000 and $1 million) who have experienced demonstrated costs, losses or need to pivot their business model as a result of COVID-19.
  • The 1st Southwest Community Fund: COVID-19 Emergency Loans Fund offers low-interest loans for rural small businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • 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 Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) has established an online mapping tool to help eligible Coloradans identify the entity providing emergency rental and mortgage assistance in their location. Find income guidelines here.

National funders

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

  • CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to support professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis. It will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. Deadline is September 9.
  • The Enterline Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Grant will support nonprofits, congregations, government agencies and educational institutions serving adults and children with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Application is due August 31. 
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women will provide funds dedicated to COVID-19-related needs to tribes, under the following two grant programs: the Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program and the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program. Learn more here. Deadline is September 16.
  • The Artist Relief Fund: COVID-19 Relief will assist artists who are experiencing severe financial setbacks due to the pandemic. Practicing artists must be able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience. Dire financial emergencies are defined as the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and food. Deadline is August 26.
  • The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is available to an individual or legal entity who shares in the risk of producing a crop or livestock and who either: a) is entitled to a share in the crop or livestock available for marketing, or b) would have shared had the crop or livestock been marketed. Deadline is August 28.
  • 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. Applications will be accepted beginning May 25, and will be reviewed every 10 days until grant funds are fully allocated.
  • The Business and Industry CARES Act Guaranteed Loan Program offers loan guarantees to lenders for their loans to rural businesses and agricultural producers to supplement their working capital to prevent, prepare for and respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Deadline is September 15, 2021, or when funds are expended.
  • 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.
  • 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. Open Road Alliance will also offer COVID-19 loans (same page) to support mid-implementation projects facing an unexpected roadblock due to the effects of the pandemic. Deadlines are rolling.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • As of June 1, Banfield Foundation is accepting applications for COVID-19 Rebuild Grants to assist impacted organizations as they recover and resume normal operations in caring for owned and/or shelter pets. Banfield is also suspending its usual gap year rule.
  • The Pollination Project provides micro-grants, including to organizations responding to COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Community foundations

Throughout the state, community foundations have supported nonprofits and individuals. At this point, some have paused their COVID-19 grantmaking; however, we suggest you check the following sites frequently for further rounds:

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.