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COVID-19 Response Funds

Local Response Funds

Below you'll find a selection of grants available to assist in your COVID19 response. If you have a fund that you would like featured here, please email Funds accepting contributions are indicated with an asterisk.

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation: $190,000 in additional funding is available as part of Sewall's newest round of response funding.   Grants will be made on a rolling basis to organizations whose work aligns with Sewall's mission to support work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment while fostering relationship that strive for social equity and community resilience.

Machias Savings Bank:  $100,000 Rapid Release Funds are available again for non-profits across the State. We received over $400,000 of requests from 85 organizations in just five days. The need for food and resources for Mainers is obvious and overwhelming. We cannot guarantee your funding, but we will do our best to make your voice heard.

*Maine Community Foundation: MaineCF has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund (COVID-19 Fund) to support community-based organizations working with the COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences here in Maine. This fund will be directed through Maine regional nonprofit organizations to support frontline local efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to serve the needs of those most affected by the virus. Given that the needs are immediate, these grants will be made proactively and not through an application process.

*Maine Initiatives: Immediate grant funding to all of their grantees to ensure that they have access to the essential technology (hardware and software) they need as they shift to remote work and remote organizing. Moving forward, they will make additional grants to organizations playing leadership roles in organizing and advocating for those who are most directly impacted by this crisis. Currently available only for Maine Initiative grantees.

*New England Grassroots Environmental Fund: Seed grant program funding is available to grassroots groups responding to local needs and building resilience in their community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated events. We commit to making decisions and getting dollars out the door as fast as we can. Restricted to organizations with a budget of <$100k & no more than 2 full-time staff equivalents.

*United Mid Coast Charities: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMC has established a Rapid Response Fund. 100% of all donations received will go out as support for local nonprofits that are meeting the immediate needs of individuals seeking help in Knox and Waldo counties. The Fund is intended to provide stopgap support and anticipates the likelihood that local nonprofits will find themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for their services. Funds available to mid-coast nonprofits; additional details to be added soon.

*United Ways of Maine: Each United Way in Maine has launched a locally based response to the COVID-19 pandemic based on the needs of their local community.  Details are available for each United Way response fund. Limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, groups having a 501(c)(3) as fiscal agent; statewide.

If you’re a nonprofit or funder who is interested in distributing funding to individuals in need, please read this primer first - Establishing a COVID19 Relief Fund: A guide for nonprofits on distributing resources to individuals for COVID-19 relief.

Inactive COVID-19 Funds

Farm Aid Northeast BIPOC Farmers Relief Fund

Harvard Pilgrim Foundation's Funds

Haymarket Peoples Fund

John T. Gorman Foundation Direct Service Grants

Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF)

Maine Women's Fund

Nellie Mae’s Rapid Response: Racism is A Virus Too

Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation