By the Joining Vision and Action team

Last updated November 24, 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 Funding Research.

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 & Opportunity has opened a fifth round of its Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund to support nonprofits in Denver to continue critical programs and services for residents across a spectrum of needs. Technical assistance is available to applicants, and the deadline is December 13.
  • The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is now accepting applications for its seventh deadline, December 3. The Impact priority area will support community-centered efforts that focus on mitigating impact of the pandemic in addition to efforts that promote resiliency, innovation and relevance to the needs of people disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
  • The City of Lakewood has created the COVID-19 Lakewood Business Relief and Recovery Grant Program to provide financial assistance to qualifying small businesses that have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maximum award is $30,000. Deadline is November 22.
  • 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 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:

  • The National Geographic COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators will distribute support ranging from US $1,000–$8,000 to individual educators (or to an individual educator working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers) to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in in-person, remote or hybrid learning environments during this pandemic. Deadline is January 31.
  • The Scaling Pandemic Resilience through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge will support the development, creation or expansion of programs that accelerate technology-based economic development in pursuit of vibrant, innovative economies and economic growth, and respond to the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline is December 3.
  • 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. The next funding round closes December 10. 
  • 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 December 11.
  • The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is offering Rural Relief Small Business Grants support small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic, particularly those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital. Deadlines are December 2, January 5 and February 2.
  • Libraries Transforming Communities will award up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Deadline is December 2.
  • 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 when funds are expended.
  • 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 January 31.
  • 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.
  • 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.