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 or the Women's Fund of CNY. 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 organizations working with residents who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Learn More

These grants are intended to help our communities respond to the challenges caused by the pandemic by addressing the basic needs of residents. 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, short-term grants (up to 4 weeks of funding) that may be renewable based on ongoing need and available resources.

Grants are limited to 501(c)3 organizations, fiscal sponsors or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions such as schools, 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.)
2. Serve vulnerable populations (especially in underserved neighborhoods)
3. Commit to documenting services provided and impact

Renewed funding, if it becomes available, will be based on the organization’s ability to provide services and document impact.

Both current grantees of the above-mentioned funds and new applicants are eligible to apply.

Services not eligible for funding at this time include: arts, animal welfare, environment, medical testing, and staff retention. Onondaga County applicants to the main COVID-19 Community Support Fund should click here.