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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.

Harvard Pilgrim Foundation's Funds

COVID-19 Assistance Fund: Two expedited grant programs, totaling $1.5 million. A total of $500,000 will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations that assist older adults in Mass., Maine and New Hampshire impacted by COVID-19.  A total of $1 million will be awarded to local nonprofit community service organizations helping people respond to the impact of COVID-19 in Conn., Mass., Maine and New Hampshire.  Grants are available up to $10,000. Organizations can review the easy-to-apply grant guidelines here:
Grants for Nonprofits Serving Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Grants for Nonprofit Community Service Organizations Serving Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Regional Market Grants: A total of $1 million in grants is being awarded to nonprofits in Conn., Mass., Maine and New Hampshire to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, additional funds are being awarded to all the Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund partners totaling $340,000. Read press release.

Community Spirit Mini Grants: Our mini-grant program, which enables every Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee to award $500 annually to the charity of their choice, has been extended so that our colleagues can support local non-profits who are on the front lines of the crisis, meeting specific community needs related to COVID-19.

Employee Needs Fund: The Foundation is supporting this fund available to all Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employees and their families who may be experiencing financial hardship.  The fund now totals $100,000.

*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. Currently available only to MCF grantees.

*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.

Nellie Mae’s Rapid Response: Racism is A Virus Too: The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities. Available to Nonprofits, Community-Based Organizations, schools or districts in New England working in and with communities of color serving parents, youth, and/or educators on transforming barriers to racial equity in public education.

*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.

Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation: Coronavirus Emergency Funding to help bridge the gap between work and unemployment, especially for those lower earning folks who may not have adequate savings for basic needs for nonprofits in York County. Organizations serving residents of York and Cumberland Counties in Maine with priority for organizations providing services within York County, ME.

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.