The COVID-19 Community Support Fund

While we are all dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our neighbors face disproportionate challenges due to unexpected time off from work, unplanned child or health care expenses and lack of access to adequate food and shelter. A coalition of community partners is banding together to give support to those who need it most.

The Central New York Community Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Central New York, Allyn Foundation, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County established a COVID-19 Community Support Fund to support nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn More

Regional Support

If you are applying for or donating to COVID-19 support efforts in Cayuga, Madison, or Oswego counties or to the Women’s Fund, click here.

Grants from the COVID-19 Community Support Fund

Catholic Charities - $25,000 
Provide gift cards to help people in need purchase food, cleaning supplies and hygiene items and assist with unexpected household expenses

Central New York Diaper Bank - $10,000

Increase distribution of diapers, which are not covered by government safety net programs, to families in need


Chadwick Residence - $1,000

Purchase health and safety supplies for residents of its supportive housing program for women and their children


CNY Ronald McDonald House Charities - $2,900

Emergency relief support for its Meals that Heal program, which provides meals to families with sick children


Food Bank of Central New York - $57,420
Increase emergency food response

Home HeadQuarters - $10,000 
Assist homeowners without discretionary income in making emergency home repairs

Huntington Family Centers (Syracuse Community Center Collaborative) - $50,000
Provide food pantry and diaper bank services at four neighborhood community centers

Loretto - $36,000

Provide basic needs – food, childcare assistance, family essentials and transportation – to frontline healthcare workers


Meals on Wheels of Eastern Onondaga County - $3,500
Upgrade technology to meet rapid increase in demand for services

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse - $3,500
Assist employees with technology to work from home

North Side Learning Center - $22,500
Provide basic food items to families staying home and multi-lingual outreach to advise refugee families on current restrictions, social distancing practices and community resources

Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) - $7,286

Provide 24/7 hotline assistance and scale up its case management to connect limited English proficient families to accurate public health information and social services


Rescue Mission Alliance - $50,000

House homeless men dealing with physical and mental health challenges at its Crossroads Adult Home


Sarah’s Guest House - $1,000 
Purchase staple food and cleaning supplies for guests who are patients receiving urgent and necessary medical care

Vera House - $11,500

Use remote counseling technology and maintain emergency shelter to meet a higher need due to stay-at- home restrictions, which can lead to being trapped in violent conditions