Founding Partners

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. 

See How We're Doing

Our community has come together to show unprecedented support for our neighbors in need. Your generosity is helping the COVID-19 Community Support Fund grow to more than $1.6 million, from which vital funding is immediately deployed to support the greatest needs in health, human services, mental health, food, childcare, transportation and support for frontline responders. Visit our online interim report to view our grants and supporters so far.

Donate Now

The needs are immense and time is of the essence. Donate Online Now or mail check gifts to COVID-19 Community Support Fund, c/o Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. For other giving options, contact Thomas Griffith at (315) 883-5544 or

Apply for a Grant

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.

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.