Maine Philanthropy Center

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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 mpc@mainephilanthropy.org. 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.

NEW as of 5/6! Haymarket Peoples Fund Haymarket has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to redistribute to grassroots groups across New England responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis and the health inequities it has amplified. This includes support for basic needs such as food, shelter, and economic assistance. Haymarket has always funded grassroots organizing, but during this time they are seeing organizers become “essential workers” for their communities as their work has had to pivot to provide support and services. They are prioritizing funding work being led by and taking place in communities of color across New England.

John T. Gorman Foundation Direct Service Grants: For the purposes of the 2020 Direct Services Grant Program, eligible programs and organizations are those that provide quality supports and services to address the immediate basic needs of low-income Mainers (e.g.: food, shelter, clothing, physical and mental health, transportation, etc.).  The Foundation will only consider requests that support the direct provision of client services versus support for organizational infrastructure needs (e.g.: database creation, strategic planning, staff training, organizational evaluation, etc.). Grants are up to $25,000 with eligibility requirements can be found here

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 Health Access Foundation (MeHAF): Funding is for maintaining or expanding access to health care, behavioral health, or substance use disorder services for vulnerable populations in response to challenges and additional barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The intent of this opportunity is to fund organizations with limited resources to support these unexpected needs.

*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.

*Maine Women's Fund: To address emergency needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are honored to share with you our rapid-response fundraising effort, the SAFETY FIRST FOR WOMEN FUND. This will allow us to quickly shift resources and attention to two of the biggest needs facing women across Maine today: domestic violence and the needs of direct care workers.

  • Support to organizations and families experiencing increased Domestic Violence (rates of domestic violence are surging globally) with a grant to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence to distribute directly to their 9 member organizations and the Wabanaki Women's Coalition; and
  • Advocacy for policy change that supports the needs of Direct Care workers through a grant to Maine Council on Aging, including working with State and Federal leaders to improve access to Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19 testing, while quickly building out the existing workforce.

*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.