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Coronavirus Relief Grants

May 01, 2020 2020-05-01

By Taylor Kremer

As the pandemic unfolds, more and more funding needs are arising for schools, educators, and communities. Community foundations and companies are stepping up to fund these needs. Here are just a few of the grant opportunities that are available to schools and educational organizations in need:


COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding Grants
Sponsored by GENYOUth Foundation
GENYOUth is awarding grants to support emergency school nutrition programs in response to the coronavirus crisis. Grants are intended for resources and equipment for meal distribution and delivery, including soft-sided coolers, bags, and containers for individual servings, as well as protective gear for food workers.

Deadline: Ongoing


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Sponsored by United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education
The US Department of Education provides funding to institutions of higher education to distribute emergency financial aid grants to students impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible student expenses include costs of attendance such as childcare, course materials, food, health care, and housing. Institutions of higher education may develop systems and processes to distribute funds to all students or only to students demonstrating significant need.

Deadline: September 30, 2020


Disaster Recovery Grants
Sponsored by Quad Cities Community Foundation
The Quad Cities Community Foundation awards Disaster Recovery Grants to support community efforts in Rock Island and Scott Counties to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections. Funds will help communities follow public health recommendations and help address the financial impact of following those recommendations.

Deadline: Ongoing


Peace First COVID-19 Rapid Response Minigrants
Sponsored by Peace First
Peace First is offering Rapid Response Minigrants for youth-centered projects and campaigns that respond to secondary effects of the coronavirus pandemic in communities. Projects should focus on a specific problem or injustice, such as addressing educational needs with schools closed, delivering food to elderly residents, or launching digital mental health campaigns for young people feeling isolated at home.

Deadline: Ongoing


Applicant Defined Grants
Sponsored by Health Forward Foundation
The Health Forward Foundation supports organizations and causes working to create a culture of health throughout Greater Kansas City. The foundation has made changes to the grant process for the remainder of 2020. These changes are being made to support current and future health and economic needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests from organizations will be prioritized to those that provide essential services including access to safety net clinical services, food assistance, and medication assistance.

Deadline: The first Wednesday of the month through November 4, 2020


Community Grants
Sponsored by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The Community Grants program of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is a broad, competitive program that responds to community needs within New Hampshire and bordering communities. The foundation funds Express Grants that address one or more of the following areas: health and well-being, education, environment, arts and culture, economic development, and civic engagement. In 2020, the Express Grants program will be dedicated exclusively to meeting urgent needs occasioned by the COVID-19 crisis.

Deadline: May 29, 2020


This is only a sampling of the funding available to address the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’re looking for funding, start with your local community foundation. Even if they do not have a formal grant process set up yet, it may be worth submitting an inquiry into if they will be funding relief efforts. As this crisis unfolds, many foundations have scrambled to shift funds where they are needed most. You can also check out the GetEdFunding website for more grants related to education and the Coronavirus.

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