By the Joining Vision and Action team

Last updated 11 a.m. June 18.

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:

  • Donnell-Kay Foundation and others have created the COVID-19 Education Innovation Fund, which will support innovative learning opportunities across Colorado in response to the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on schools and overall disruption of daily learning and school operations. Deadline is rolling.
  • 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. Deadline is June 18.
  • The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation: COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund is now live. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation teamed up to create the emergency fund aimed at helping metro Denver small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations survive this crisis. Deadline is June 26.
  • The Coronavirus Relief Fund is available to reimburse municipalities, counties, and special districts for funds incurred as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Eligibility is limited to counties, municipalities, and special districts that did not receive a direct distribution from the U.S. Treasury. The following counties and the municipalities within these counties are ineligible to apply: Adams, Araphaoe, Denver, El Paso and Jefferson. Deadline is July 7.
  • The Colorado Humanities: CH CARES grant aims to provide general operating support to organizations that have experienced the cancellation of their public humanities activities due to a decrease or loss of revenue, programming opportunities, paid staff, or venues as a result of COVID-19. Deadline is June 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 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 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, through August.
  • 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.
  • Brothers Redevelopment is providing 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
  • 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.

National funders

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

  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seek to enhance local capacity to prevent and respond to COVID-19 by building local health department (LHD) capacity to conduct infection prevention and control assessments, in-person or virtually, and expand collaboration between LHD and community infection prevention partners such as local Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology chapters. Deadline is July 1.
  • The National Alliance for Grieving Children and New York Life Foundation are offering Grief Reach Pandemic Relief Grants to support organizations providing childhood bereavement support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Program funding may be used for general operating support. Deadline is July 1.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 June 12.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Community foundations

  • Throughout the state, community foundations are also mobilizing:
    • 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.

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.