COVID-19 Response Grants Frequently Asked Questions

What grants are available to respond to the COVID-19 crisis? 

Rapid Response Grants will support organizations with grants of up to $25,000, and will focus on resiliency in communities by addressing the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.

Nonprofit Adaptation Grants are grants of of up to $5000 to 501(c)(3) organizations and government entities in our 5-county region whose operations have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. See our Covid-19 Grants Guidelines for more information

Flexibility for current grantees: We also recognize that current grantees may need to make changes to their grants.  CFGB will be flexible in making those changes as needed. Some transition of funding to operating support is permitted.

Who is eligible to receive grants from the Fund? Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c) (6) organizations.

I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can the CFGB help me? We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. The Community Foundation is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. While the Foundation is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support.

Where can I call for help for myself or my family? If you are looking for resources now, please reach out to 2-1-1, a full-service contact center which connects people to the assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living as well as those that develop during emergencies. United Way 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day: United Way Get Help-211

Is there a geographic area of focus for the COVID-19 Grants? Yes. To receive a grant from the CFGB, organizations must be providing services in our 5-county region:  Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties.

Are there any other types of grants the CFGB is considering at this time? Both the LGBTQ Fund and the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services have current grant opportunities.  Online grant applications are due by April 30. Please click for more information. (NEED LINKS ADDED) or contact Kim Rogers krogers@cfbham.org or 205.903.4532 with questions.

What size grants will the CFGB make? Award amounts will vary based on organizational capacity, scope of services provided, community needs and total resources available. For Rapid Response grants, grants will be capped at $25,000.  All Nonprofit Adaptions grants will be $5000.

How are grantees selected and how quickly will decisions be made? The grant application is now available online. Applications are being reviewed and grant decisions made by CFGB staff and Board.  We evaluate applications using information about what needs are in the greatest demand in our region. Organizations will receive a grant decision within two weeks after application, but ideally sooner. Funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

How will the CFGB know what needs are more in demand in the community? We are consistently monitoring the situation in our 5-county area and what resources families and individuals are requesting through their community partners. Our priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as resources for long-term recovery.