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    Grant & Funding Opportunities

    NYS Health Foundation Grants: NYSHealth has committed $2 million in funding to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts throughout New York State. Grants will include contributions to numerous regional response funds, as well as support for statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic.  As part of its commitment, the Foundation will contribute to pooled response funds in regions throughout New York State that will provide coordinated and timely support to meet the emerging needs of local communities and organizations. In addition, NYSHealth will provide targeted grants that will, for example, ensure seamless access to WIC and SNAP benefits, expand telehealth capabilities, help New Yorkers enroll in health insurance coverage, deliver health care and services to immigrant New Yorkers, and provide targeted services to veterans in need.

    Council on Foundations - Chart of Grant Opportunities

    Local Relief Funds: The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative is maintaining a list of state-by-state COVID-19 relief funds from community foundations, which have so far mobilized $411.3 million across more than 250 community foundations in all 50 states.

    Novartis US Foundation: The Foundation is accepting applications from charitable nonprofits in need of COVID-19 relief funding, with priority given to applicants from New York and several other states. Eligible programs must strengthen health care infrastructure, establish platforms for COVID-19 data collection, boost telehealth or support new community health programs related to the coronavirus.

    Small Business Administration: Small Business Guidance & Loans and Payroll Protection Program
    More Information: NY Alliance CARES Act Webinar with Small Business Administration & Great Tie Consulting

    Telehealth Funding Opportunity: The Covid-19 Telehealth Program will provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the CARES Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The portal for applications for this program will open on Monday, April 13th. Additional information on the program and its application guidelines can be found here.

    USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
    USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by
    the COVID-19 outbreak.


    Central New York Community Foundation: 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.


    Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund:
    Co-led by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, the Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to provide flexible resources to 501c3 organizations working with local communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

    One-time operating grants will help fund frontline human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with vulnerable populations. The first phase of rapid-response grants will help meet basic needs and help increase resiliency in affected communities. The Fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few weeks. Funding will be provided to organizations located and operating in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. The committee will also consider supporting nonprofits operating in the surrounding counties of Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.


    Brooklyn Community Foundation: Brooklyn Community Foundation recognizes that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to intensify locally, it will have disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts on communities of color at the margins of power and access. The Foundation believes its most vulnerable communities have been systematically denied the material resources to buffer from the emerging threats this pandemic presents.  The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will operate in alignment with the Foundation’s racial justice lens, which prioritizes support for nonprofits that work towards racial equity, are led by members of affected communities, and center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in decision-making. The Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis for immediate response grants of up to $10,000 in priority areas

    NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund
    The NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund, administered by the New York Community Trust, will provide $75 million in grants and interest-free loans to small and midsize nonprofits in the city to help them respond to emerging needs and continue their work. Of particular interest are nonprofit groups in New York that work in arts and culture and human services and will suffer financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications are due May 30.