Information for Nonprofits

COVID-19 Phase 3 grant cycle will is now open and will focus on two categories: Programs and Services to Meet Critical Needs and Operational Support. These grants will prioritize support for groups disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and will focus on being inclusive and accessible to smaller organizations as well as those led by people of color. Phase 3 grant cycle is now closed, grants will be announced in December 2020.

Phase 3 COVID-19 Response

Phase 3 based on community needs survey results:

Programs and Services to Meet Critical Needs – up to $50,000

Funding priorities:

  • Preventing and mitigating the impacts of job and income loss
  • Challenges with meeting basic living expenses as the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis settle in

Other COVID-related needs will also be considered for this pool of funding

Operational Support for Organizations – up to $25,000

Our findings show that most organizations a) have had to significantly modify services and operations to meet community needs during the COVID-19 crisis, and b) are facing large financial shortfalls in 2020.  These grants will provide some operational support to help nonprofits bridge this crisis and continue providing vital community services.

Phase 3 will again prioritize support for groups disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including low-income residents, displaced workers, essential workers, residents with greater health risks, communities of color, immigrant populations, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and people at risk of intimate partner violence.  Findings from our local survey and national research points to the need for some additional prioritized organization types:

  • Smaller organizations (under $100,000 annual revenue) – our findings show that these organizations are playing a critical role in COVID-related service delivery, but face greater financial and operational challenges in the wake of the crisis.
  • Organizations led by African-Americans and other people of color – Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African-Americans and other people of color and the importance of leadership that reflects and is rooted in impacted communities, we will have an increased focus on organizations in our region led by people of color.

Organizations that can apply for these grants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities serving all or part of our 5-county area. There are no restrictions on applying if you received prior funding from the Foundation but it will be a factor in grantmaking decisions.


If you have any questions about this grant cycle, please contact our Programs Team. We will be ready to assist you.

Phase Two COVID-19 Response Recap

Phase One COVID-19 Response Recap

COVID 19 Community Survey May 2020: Summary Report

COVID-19 Community Survey May 2020: Charts


Phase 3 Plans

Given the persistence of the COVID-19 outbreaks and the ongoing impacts of COVID on nonprofits and the communities they serve, we do not expect to have a regular Fall 2020 competitive grant cycle.  We plan to use the final few weeks of September to solidify plans for a Phase 3 response.