Regional & Affiliate COVID-19 Community Support Grantmaking

NOTE: THE WOMEN'S FUND AND MADISON COUNTY RURAL POVERTY FUND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 GRANT CYCLE. 

This page is for those applying for or donating to COVID-19 support efforts from the Community Foundation's regional funds. Applicants and donors to the Onondaga County-based COVID-19 Community Support Fund should 
click here.

The Central New York Community Foundation’s affiliate funds have joined forces with local partners to provide assistance to communities and nonprofits who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Learn More

Eligibility now extends beyond basic needs to any nonprofit that has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, including operational expenses, arts organizations, animal welfare organizations, etc.

These grants are intended to help our communities respond to the challenges caused by the pandemic. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. Because this is an evolving situation, these will be rapid-response grants that may be renewable based on ongoing need and available resources.*

Grants are limited to 501(c)3 public charities, fiscal sponsors or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions such as school districts, faith-based organizations and other public entities. Grants can not be made to individuals. We recommend that residents looking for resources or services call 211. You can also visit their regional helpline websites. Click on your county: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Wayne, Livingston, Monroe.

Applicants are asked to demonstrate potential to:
1. Address a Basic Need (such as food, housing, childcare, etc.) OR
2. Serve vulnerable populations (especially in under-served neighborhoods) OR
3. Provide quantifiable operational support in order to keep the organization in business as it goes through the recovery phase.
4. Commit to documenting services provided and impact or stabilization of the organization.

*Grant requests will now be considered for up to three months of services or operations, but full or even partial funding is not guaranteed. Funds are limited and grant requests will be assessed based on available funding.

Both current grantees of the above-mentioned funds and new applicants are eligible to apply. Onondaga County applicants to the main COVID-19 Community Support Fund should click here.