COVID-19 Related Grant Opportunities

  1. Save Small Businesses Fund: By US Chamber of Commerce, $5k grants available for businesses in distressed communities Click Here
  2. CARES Act National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. As part of this important investment, the Arts Endowment has designed a plan to expedite the distribution of critical funds to the national, regional, state, and local levels to help retain as many jobs as possible, as quickly as possible. These funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the thousands of organizations that add value to America’s economy and the creative life of our communities. Deadline: Submit to Part 1-April 22, 2020, submit application May 4, 2020. Click Here
  3. Farmer Relief Fund – American Farmland Trust: AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs. Deadline: Initial application round extending until April 23rd, with grants beginning to be made by May 1st. Click Here
  4. The Main Street Initiative – Mainvest: If you have an existing brick & mortar business that has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on Mainvest, you may be eligible to receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan immediately*. Then through your capital raise, you can receive over $100,000 of investment from your community. Click HereHart Family Fund for Small Towns – National Trust for Historic Preservation: Grants from the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects in small towns. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Grants from the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns generally range from $2,500 to $15,000. Public agencies and nonprofit organizations in towns with a population of 10,000 or less are eligible. Deadline: May 1, 2020. Click Here
  5. Community Challenge – AARP: The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund “quick-action” projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. The grant program will provide funds for community-based projects related to housing, transportation, public space, technology (“smart cities”), civic engagement, and more. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for smaller, short-term activities to several thousand or tens of thousands of dollars for larger projects. EXTENDED Deadline: May 15, 2020. Click Here
  6. Community Ties Giving Program – Union Pacific Foundation: Building upon Union Pacific’s heritage, the mission of the Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program is to build safe, prosperous, and vibrant communities by investing in high-quality nonprofits and programs in the cities and towns in which Union Pacific operates and their employees live and work. These grants are focused in the areas of safety, workforce development, and community spaces. Union Pacific is committed to supporting the local economy by building and enhancing community spaces that contribute to the distinct identity of a city or town, creating destinations where families, businesses, and visitors want to be. Typical grant awards range from $2,500 to $25,000 for a one year grant. Deadline: May 31, 2020 Click Here
  7. Building Vibrant Communities – Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Vibrant communities are places where individuals can thrive and succeed and have the opportunity to live and work with safe, decent housing, transportation to jobs, strong business corridors and thriving arts and culture districts. All of these are essential to an individual’s overall economic mobility. Bank of America supports local and regional revitalization efforts taking a approach to building thriving communities, create economic opportunity and livable neighborhoods. This includes support of economic drivers such as arts and cultural institutions that contribute to the overall vitality of the community. Available to communities in the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas. Deadline: Applications accepted beginning June 1, 2020 through June 26, 2020. Click Here
  8. The Oregon Community Foundation has opened applications for the Arts & Culture Recovery Grant program – The Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Program will provide flexible resources from a cohort of participating funders to support the arts and culture community who have been adversely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. Heritage is part of culture and OCF looks forward to applications from Oregon’s heritage organizations. If you already submitted an application for an OCF emergency grant earlier on during the COVID-19 crisis, please call and check in with them on how this factors in with your previous application.  You can find information on this grant program here.