Minnesota-Relevant COVID Response Organizational Funders
Most Recent Update:
June 4, 2020
& Posting/Upate Date
Ford Foundation, (6/4) Schmidt Futures, Open Society Foundations, JPB Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Amalgamated Foundation
Families and Workers Fund
Funding to organizations working to prevent workers and families from sinking more deeply into poverty during the initial months of the pandemic, and to support policy and advocacy efforts that center workers and families in long-term economicThe fund will facilitate direct cash grants and loans to individuals, with a focus on those who are most likely to be left out of the government’s emergency policy response—especially workers and families who are reeling from layoffs, temporary business and school shutdowns, and caretaking duties.
The fund will also advance economic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, designed with and for vulnerable workers, families, and communities, by providing grants to policy and advocacy organizations, worker groups, community nonprofits, and others advancing and implementing policies and business practices that stabilize working people during the acute phase of this crisis (e.g., paid sick days and unemployment insurance) and ultimately help to center them in the long-term economic recovery. recovery..
School Based Healthcare Solutions Network (5/26)
Long-Distance Mental Health Services During COVID-19 School Closures
National Funding Program
Funding is intended to ensure children receive mental health services despite school closures due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) This program will support long-distance mental health services through telecommunication technologies. Applications to implement Telehealth mental health program services for children impacted by short and long-term school closures. Deadline: Ongoing
U.S. Department of Education - Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) (5/26)
Grants to Benefit Schools
Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
National Funding Program
Funding is intended for projects involving remote learning, as well as activities and capital projects to promote student achievement. Funding is also intended for long-term improvements in infrastructure and operations so that students may receive educational services whether or not school campuses are open or closed. A preliminary piece is due prior to full proposal. Deadline: July 1
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (5/26)
CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries
National Funding Program
Grants to USA and Territories libraries and museums for projects to allow the facilities to operate under Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic safety guidelines. Funding is intended for staff training, technology equipment costs, and other project costs to meet the changing service needs of the community. Deadline: June 12
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (5/25)
CARES Act Grants for
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services
National Funding Program
Grants to USA Indian Tribes and organizations representing Native Hawaiins to address needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support projects that create opportunities for positive socio-economic change now and in a future reopened environment. This can be through preserving jobs, staff training and development, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Deadline: June 12
Jimmie Johnson Foundation (5/25)
K-12 Public Education and COVID-19 Relief Activities
National Funding Program
Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and parent-teacher organizations to support K-12 public education and to mitigate the adverse effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on school-age children. In addition to a cash grant, award recipients will be given vouchers to host an ice cream party and will also have their logo featured at a pre-selected event. Deadline: June 5
Gadfly Project
COVID-19 Hosting Grants
National Funding Program
In-kind hosting grants for small-businesses and not-for-profits experiencing hardships and revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.This grant is open to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Applicants must have: - Existing Hosting Plan with a hosting provider.- An existing domain name with at least 14 days before expiration - Proof of business entity control or ownership. - Agree to a one time $20 transfer fee (third party cost to ICANN)
Deadline: June 1
Staples Motley Area ​Community Foundation (5/24)
(via Initiative Foundation)
Staples Motley Emergency Relief and Response Fund will be available to help small businesses, organizations, and individuals who have been negatively impacted by the virus. SMACF will provide oversight of the fund, while working closely with the Staples Economic Development Authority and the Initiative Foundation.
Indigenous Environmental Network (5/24)
COVID-19 Emergency Mutual Aid Fund
National Funding Program
Support will be extended to community-based Indigenous peoples and organizations from the U.S. and Canada (Central and South America on a case-by-case basis), who either are helping the community with transportation and essential needs or who have lost their primary income from a home business. Deadline: Ongoing (currently refreshing the fund)
Eden Prairie Community Foundation (5/24)
COVID-19 Response Fund
Provide one-time operating grants to organizations that have roots in Eden Prairie and because of COVID-19 are encountering extraordinary obstacles in providing food and other services to Eden Prairie residentsexperiencing poverty.
The first phase of rapid-response grants will address the resiliency of local nonprofits as they institutionalize new ways of delivering services because of the outbreak. The fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few weeks. EPCF will administer the grants from the Fund in partnership with its Grants Committee and a recently established working group on poverty. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. Deadline: Ongoing
American Muslim Community
Foundation (5/21)
Caring for Our Own
National Funding Program
Provide small, one-time grants ranging between $5,000 - $10,000 (based on amount collected) to eligible masjids/Islamic centers in order to bridge the gap in income for their respective Imams and staff members.
Child Care Emergency Fund
National Funding Program
Catalyze the development of regional Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) Emergency Funds that provide direct financial support to HBCC providers. Grants of up to $100,000 to regional organizations creating their own Emergency Funds for HBCC providers as outlined in the Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund Toolkit.
Global Giving (5/15)
Red Backpack Fund for Women Entrepreneurs
National Funding Program
Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis. Deadlines: June 1-8, July 6-13 and Aug. 3-10
Adria Foundation (5/15)
Fast-Track Grant Response: COVID-19
National Funding Program
Adira’s emergency grant response will focus on organizations that provide emergency-response, direct-service programs to the Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease communities. Grants awarded to nonprofit organizations (not individuals). Deadlines: Ongoing
Circle for Justice Innovation (CJI) (5/15)
Rapid Response Fund
National Funding Program
CJI’s ongoing SOS Rapid Response Fund has always provided flexible and immediate funding to organizations responding to changing political landscapes and working to build collective power at critical junctures. In the coming months, SOS will continue to respond to crisis and opportunities across the spectrum of our work -- organizing that responds to opportunities or dangers affecting the health, safety, or human rights of incarcerated and directly impacted people based on Covid-19 policies or practices, such as campaigns to secure the release of incarcerated people to protect health and safety during Covid-19. Deadline: 1/1/21
Funeral Service Foundation (5/15)
COVID Crisis Response Fund
Via nonprofit organizations, the Fund will provide grants for immediate needs including funeral service emergency response to significant loss of life, to organizations and resources providing service to families with unresolved and complicated grief due to loss during this crisis, and for other important needs of the funeral service profession and the families we serve. Deadline: Ongoing
Updated Information
Michelson Spark Grants (5/15)
COVID-19 Response Grants
for Innovative Education
National Funding Program
We completed our COVID-19 Response funding round in late April. We will be announcing awardees in the coming weeks. We also plan on having a funding round dedicated to our Smart Justice initiative in July. Spark Grants is an innovative, just-in-time grantmaking process. Our vision is to introduce a process that can fill urgent needs for education organizations Deadline: Waiting for next phase to begin in July
Peace Development Fund (5/15)
De Colores Fund
National Funding Program
The Fund has been around for some time and is designed for strategic intervention in movement moments like this, offers grants of $500 to $1,000 to grassroots organizations working to make positive community interventions through strategic, organizing-focused approaches, especially in marginalized communities of color and working class communities.
Now the De Colores Fund will respond to the cultural, social and economic challenges posed by COVID – 19. The fund is not designed to support budget shortfalls or direct services; they are small, strategic moment grants aimed at building community resilience. More information on the criteria and application instructions can be found here or by emailing our program coordinator.
Emergent Fund (5/15)
COVID Funding Response
National Funding Program
With five other funding organizations, Emergent has shifted its Rapid Response Fund to address COVID related issues in social justice organizations. Organizations that (1) are mobilizing to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities; (2) are utilizing power-building strategies including but not limited to digital organizing, membership development and outreach, narrative development, direct action; and (3) are led by communities of color.
Radical Muslim Mutual Aid (5/15)
COVID-19 Redistribution Fund
National Funding Program
Supporting Muslim organizations which support members of Muslim LGBTQI communtiies. Deadline: Ongoing, but there is a long waiting list
Borealis Philanthropy (5/15)
COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities
National Funding Program
With three other funds, Borealis created COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities to get financial resources to trans-led organizations and transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary communities who are organizing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Deadline: Ongoing
24 (5/14)
COVID-19 Crisis Line Grants
National Funding Program
Support crisis lines for people impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to provide hotlines with the tools and resources needed to keep up with the unprecedented demand for their services. Grants will support organizations that operate contact centers that help people in acute crisis re-establish a sense of safety and stability. Intended to support: people with concerns in Mental health, Substance misuse, Refugee / Conflict, Sexual violence / Abuse, Acute food, housing or income insecurity Deadline: 6/5
Grantmakers for Girls of Color (5/14)
National Funding Program
All programs are exclusively focused on Girls and Gender Expansive Youth of Black/African American, Latinx, Indigenous/Native, Middle Eastern and/or Asian Pacific Descent 1) Preventative or Responsive Health Strategies (Mental, Physical, Emotional) for Girls and Gender Expansive Youth of Black/African American, Latinx, Indigenous/Native, Middle Eastern and/or Asian Pacific Descent. 2) Interventions to support institutionalized Girls and Gender Expansive Youth & Survivors of Gender-Based Violence. 3) Economic & Educational Response Strategies focused on Girls and Gender-Expansive Youth 4) COVID-19-related Advocacy and Immediate Mapping Needs for Girls and Gender Expansive Youth
Union Pacific Foundation (5/14)
Community Ties Giving Program with COVID-19 Focus
Regional Funding Program
Normal grantmaking will continue but additional funds will be provided to programs that address critical needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Focus areas include safety, workforce development, community spaces, and local needs. The program or project for which grant funds are sought must primarily benefit a community that is served by Union Pacific. Union Pacific serves communities in Minnesota and 21 other states. If applying for COVID-19 assistance and your project or program aligns with one of the other three cause areas, select the most applicable application Deadline: May 31
Duluth Superior Community Foundation (5/14)
COVID-19 Knight Foundation Response Fund
This fund is intended to support the immediate needs of organizations located in Duluth. Grants
will be based on the following priorities:  Organizations that help inform and connect during the crisis;  Relief support of previous grantees that are critical to the Knight strategy; Local technical support for small businesses and nonprofits to navigate State and Federal program;  Arts organizations;  Local news reporting;  Community engagement; Assistance for organizations to understand their new operating model pivot.Deadline: Every Thursday at Noon
Open Roads Alliance (5/14)
Response to OVID-19
National Funding Program
Loans offered four loan products to organizations affected by COVID-19:
Lost Event Revenue
Accelerating Incoming Emergency Funds
Co-investment to Support Social Enterprises
Deep Impact Loans

Charitable Grants will only be offered to organizations responding directly to COVID-19
Just Beginnings Collaborative (5/14)
#WeSeeYouFund Call for Proposals
National Funding Program
We are now accepting applications from within the United States for grants of up to $5,000 to fund immediate needs related to healing from and preventing child sexual abuse in communities most exposed to crises, public health and otherwise. Deadline: May 29
Stevens Institute (5/14)
Coronavirus Response Fund
Virtual Education Exchange Program During Covid
National Funding Program
USA, Israel, and International nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for virtual educational exchange programs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended for online programs that engage young people and educators affected by the pandemic. Deadline: 6/12
New Media Ventures (5/14)
Address Political, Economical,
and Cultural Challenges Presented or Intensified by COVID-19
National Funding Program
Address political, economical, and cultural challenges presented or intensified by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible activities include those that use media and technology to support vulnerable communities and to defend democracy. NMV only supports projects that are making an impact in the U.S.

NMV focuses on scalable solutions from diverse, mission-driven teams. NMV is especially eager to hear from startups that are shifting power, building movements, changing narratives, and sparking civic engagement in the face of the current crisis. Deadline: June 30th
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) (5/13)
COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants
National Funding Program
Provides grants to support states and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in advancing efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older. Required activities include: 1) Develop and implement a plan for rapid follow-up of adults who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis after discharge from emergency departments and inpatient psychiatric facilities, 2) Training, followup, public education, etc. Deadline: May 22
FR Bigelow Foundation
COVID-19 funding is closed. An updated application form and process for the regulard funding cyclbe will be available on May 8, 2020. Deadline July 7
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Minnesota Disaster Relief Fund
Some new questions and application stuff.
New deadline May 22
Art Bridges (5/11)
Bridges Ahead Initiative for Smaller Art Museums
National Funding Program
Commits $5 million to help partner museums with budgets under $30 million to remain in touch with their audiences during this period and to prepare for reopening in the months ahead. Phase 1 supports development of digital or print strategies to engage and connect with partner communities remotely while museums are shuttered.Phase 2 provides support as museums prepare for reopening.Deadline: Until the money runs out
Pfizer Global Medical Grants (5/7)
COVID-19: Continuity in Care for Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer Grant Support Program
National Funding Program
Assure that patients continue to receive treatment while avoiding the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Funding is intended to benefit metastatic breast cancer patients receiving oral anti-cancer therapies. Funds are intended to be used to for initiatives that support patient adherence to treatment and reduce risk of patient exposure to COVID-19 such as home health services that allow licensed nurses to visit patients with metastatic breast cancer for potential blood draws and/or other monitoring the patient may require. No Deadline
Spencer Foundation (5/7)
Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle
National Funding Program
Support projects that focus on the changes in education during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The COVID-19support projects that focus on the changes in education during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis . The COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting two primary categories of projects: Especially two primary categories of projects:1) Studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis and 2) Research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities in these times
Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children (5/7)
COVID-19 Education Impact
Innovative Response RFP
Proposals from Twin Cities-based schools, community-serving organizations, and other education-focused nonprofits for funding for new, innovative, and/or highly-impactful programs and plans to provide academic instruction to historically underserved students in order to mitigate the impact of and help students catch up from learning loss due to the coronavirus crisis. Deadline: June 3
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (5/5)
Disaster Relief
Grants of $1,000 to Minnesota veterans for support during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis. Funding is intended to alleviate the economic impact that the pandemic has had on veterans and their families residing in the state. Applicants must demonstrate a financial loss on or after the date of the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order. Deadline: Ongoing
Alkermes Inc. (5/5)
Alkermes Inspiration Grants
Special Edition:
COVID-19 Relief Fund
National Funding Program
To meet the needs of individuals living with illness or substance abuse during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to provide assistance for activities such as patient services, helplines, educational programs, and digital technology, that help people living with addiction, serious mental illness, or a cancer diagnosis. Deadline 5/20
Internet Society Foundation (5/5)
Emergency Response Grants
International Funding Program
For US, Canada and international organizations. Intended for projects that use the Internet to respond to current needs related to the pandemic, while looking ahead to a possible additional wave. The Foundation is committed to working with organizations that take existing Internet-based technical solutions and apply them to responding to the crisis. Deadline 5/17
The Lion's Share (5/5)
COVID Response
Wildlife Community Small Grants
National Funding Program
Grants of up to $50,000 to International nonprofit organizations to support developing countries that are dependent on wildlife-based tourism. Funding is intended to address resilience to crises, natural disasters, and pandemics, including Coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligible applicants are organizations in developing countries seeking funds to catalyze community/local-level action to protect severely threatened ecosystems or wildlife in their last strongholds. These grants will finance local projects that find innovative solutions to wildlife conservation challenges, while simultaneously enhancing local people’s well-being and livelihood. Deadline 5/15
NEA Rapid Response Grants
National Funding Program
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA eligible educators to respond to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on education. Funding is intended to support teachers as they meet the needs of students during and after the pandemic. Eligible applicants include teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, and education support professionals who are members of NEA.

In response to educators’ emerging needs, addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning, the NEA Foundation is offering Rapid Response Funding. Funding is intended to support educator-led initiatives to adapt to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic during the summer months of 2020. Deadline: June 11. Early applications are encouraged.
Old National Bank Foundation
Coronavirus Response (5/5)
Multi-State Funding Program
Positively impact communities affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19) where the ONB has a business presence. Program areas include affordable housing, economic development, financial literacy, workforce development, and education. Foundation grants are limited to organizations that have their main office located in a community in which an Old National Bank is located -- Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Minnesota

With the impact of COVID-19Old National Bank Foundation will give priority consideration to applicants who are providing services dedicated to community stabilization and recovery within the funding priorities beginning with the April 15, 2020 grant cycle. Deadlines: May 14 and August 13
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program (5/5)
National Funding Program
Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. Requires DUNS and Pre-Application. Deadline: 7/13
Lewis Prize for Music
Student Music Support During Covid (5/5)
National Funding Program
Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofit music organizations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist youth music programs that show responsive and adaptive leadership during the pandemic, and that support their communities and young people. Grants are unrestricted and may be used as the recipient sees fit. Deadline May 8
Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund
Catholic Community Foundation
Distribute grants to Catholic parishes and schools throughout Minnesota that have been hit particularly hard by the suspension of public Masses because of COVID-19. No deadline
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (5/1)
American Indian Tribal Covid-19 Response Health Programs
Strengthen the tribal public health system to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities. Deadline May 31
FEMA and US Department of Homeland Security (5/1)
Covid-19 Firefighters Grants
Grants for fire departments, EMS organizations, and fire academies for equipment, training, personnel wellness programs, capital funding, and collaboration/regional communication efforts. Focused on Personal Protective Equipment and supplies Deadline May 15
NDN Collective (5/1)
COVID-19 Response Project
National Funding Program
Rapid response funding to established, Indigenous-led, community-based organizations and tribes throughout the U.S. Grants are available to support the following services and relief efforts: medical supplies, food delivery, youth and elder care, educational access, shelter and housing, economic relief, social-emotional support, cultural and spirit-aligned support, and access to accurate information. Deadline May 29
Omidyar Network (5/1)
Economic Response Advocacy Fund
infuse 501(c)(4) funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping our economic structure to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future. Rolling Deadline. Most grants les than $75.000
Saint Croix Valley Foundation/
COVID-19 Response Fund for the St. Croix Valley (4/24)
Thanks to MN Council of Nonprofits
The Fund’s initial focus will be local organizations working to meet the basic needs of those in their region most significantly impacted by this crisis. Eligible organizations in Washington County, Chisago County, Burnett County, Polk County, St. Croix County, and Pierce County. Deadline: Every Monday night
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation (4/24)Support organizations on the frontlines responding to COVID-19. The money will be distributed in a series of grants, each furthering the capacity of organizations to help communities affected by the pandemic. Ongoing
Islamic Relief USA (4/24)Funding across the country, helping preserve essential social services programs administered by mosques and social service organizations to meet increasing demand stemming from the coronavirus outbreak through gifts . Grant administered by mosques and social service organizations
PetSmart (4/23)
Natural Disaster Relief and
Assistance for Pets
If you are an organization is working within the official COVID-19 response efforts, email to inquire about possible grant assistance. PetSmart Charities is focusing its support on the geographic areas with highest number of reported cases of coronavirus. GRants focused on organizations working within the official coordinated response efforts to serve the pets of people hospitalized or quarantined due to the virusand high-volume intake shelters with increased number of pet intakes also due to the virus. Ongoing.
Updated Information
United Way of Bemidji Area Emergency Fund (4/22)
These funds will support access to food, emergency needs, and care to elderly/most vulnerable in our community. Agencies with unexpected expenses combined with fundraising shortfalls due to event cancellations will be included. No deadlines, but all funds will be distributed by May 31
Northside Funders Group (4/22)Hardship grants targeting Northside small businesses. Thus far, NFG has approved nearly $250,000 in immediate grants for local businesses, along with technical assistance support to help them secure additional loans and grants. Ongoing
City of Minneapolis Health Department (4/16)
COVID-19 Community Response
Grants to address diverse needs of the community with a particular focus on the underserved and cultural communities of Minneapolis as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible agencies for this opportunity include neighborhood organizations, cultural organizations, non-profit organizations, businesses, places of worship/faith organizations, or others.
Up to $15,000 Deadline: April 24
CenterPoint Energy COVID-19 Relief Fund (4/15)Grants to organizations supporting those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying applicants for this fund will be nonprofit organizations in Minnesota and several other states. Organizations should be supporting d supporting vulnerable and at-risk populations. No deadline.
Updated Information
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (4/15)
Grants for artists and art organizations who have had projects cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Besides the main fund, the foundation is also supporting there other Covid-19 related funds:
+ The Northeast Minnesota Response Fund was launched by 5 Duluth-based funding
organizations to help local nonprofits on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus.
+ The Northwest Wisconsin Response Fund, which is doing similar work in NW Wisconsin.
+Through the Community Opportunity Fund
Minnesota Department of Health (4/20 update)
COVID-19 Planning and Response Grants
$150 million in funding for costs related to planning for, preparing for, or responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. -- for grantees fo MDH Emergency Grants
Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund and Hunger Solutions
COVID-19 Immediate Food Needs (4/15 update)
Funds are available to food shelves and community-based hunger relief partners across Minnesota to support new projects or service expansions that address emerging community food needs and service gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose of these funds is to address immediate needs—thus our expectation is that grants awarded will be put to use as quickly as possible. The average grant size anticipated is between $5,000 - $10,000. Deadlines: April 30 and May 14
Minnesota Food Shelf Program (MFSP)
COVID-19 Food Shelf Funding
via Hunger Solutions
Eligible food shelves will receive $2,000 each in base funding. The remaining fund balance will be allocated among eligible food shelves using the Minnesota Food Shelf Program formula, which is based on number of individuals served. Deadline: April 30
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless (4/15)
The Foundation's COVID-19 response funding application period has just closed. Regular grant deadlines remain the same.
Hunger and Homeless grants are targeted toward hunger relief programs and emergency shelter providers Deadlines: March 1st, June 1st, September 1st and November 1st
Education grants support the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness to remove barriers for homeless youth to participate in school and improve student academic success. Deadline: May 21st
Summer Challenge grants support food shelves during the summer when kids are out of school.
Special Projects and Emergency grants are available when a natural disaster or other unforeseen event
Rochester Area FoundationTogether Fund (4/15)
(Thx to MCN Directory)
Support Rochester area nonprofits who are experiencing unforeseen challenges due to the
ongoing pandemic and serve their region’s most vulnerable communities. Priority Deadline April 24
Tiwahe Foundation COVID-19 Initiative (4/15)Seven grants of $1,000 will be awarded to MN American Indian artists who submit stories of healing and resilience. Proposals will be accepted in any artistic genre, such as prose, poetry, traditional arts, visual arts, performance, video or audio. In addition, $13,000 to respond to COVID19 needs–$5,000 for Oyate Leadership Network alumni project-based grant and $8,000 towards the four impact areas of the Family Empowerment Program.
Womens Foundation of Minnesota COVID-19 Response Grants (4/15)The COVID-19 Women and Girls Response Fund will make a half-million dollars in emergency grants of up to $10,000 to organizations serving women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, older women, and women and girls who need short-term financial support (childcare, food, housing, health, and more). Deadline: May 8 and June 12
Constellation Fund (4/14)Relieve, Respond, Redouble. We encourage organizations to articulate in their concept papers the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their work and on the clients they serve, and to consider those impacts when determining grant requests. Deadline April 24
East Central Regional Arts Council (4/13)Grants for artists and art organizations who have had projects cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Deadline June 30
Updated Information
ELCA World Hunger Daily Bread Matching Grants (national grants) (4/13)
Current funds have run out but we are putting a new fund together. to be announced soon
Grants support congregations and their partners as they work toward a just world where all are fed. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations with feeding ministries are eligible to participate. As part of the ELCA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these grants (up to $500) are available to eligible ministries on a first-come, first-served basis. Between April 3 and April 19, MORE COMING SOON
Minnesota Initiative Funds
Emergency Child Care Grants (4/13)
All 6 Minnesota Initiative Funds (Initiative Foundation (Little Falls), Northland Foundation (Duluth); Northwest Minnesota Foundation (Bemidji); Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (Owatonna); Southwest Initiative Foundation (Hutchinson); West Central Initiative (Fergus Falls)
Grant program supports providers caring for children (ages birth to 5) of essential and emergency workers, as defined by Minnesota Governor Walz’s executive order 20-02.
FM (Fargo Moorhead) Area Foundation Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties. (4/13)Grants from the fund will be awarded to qualified organizations affected by the pandemic and serving vulnerable populations in our community.
LISC's Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund (4/13)Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
City of Minneapolis
Forgivable, No-Interest Loans for Small Businesses (4/13)
Small Business Debt-free Fund for companies with 20 employees or less and people who are self-employed along with a revamped 2% loan program, adjusted to 0%.Deadline: April 20
City of Saint Paul
Bridge Fund (4/13)
An emergency relief program for families with children and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The $3.85 million fund will be distributed to qualifying Saint Paul families with children as a flat-rate $1,000 grant and to qualifying small businesses as a flat-rate $7,500 grant. Deadline: April 19, 5:00pm
Staples-Motley Area Emergency Relief & Response (4/13)Grants to nonprofits and local units of government to assist disproportionately affected communities; to address the economic impacts of reduced and lost work resulting from the outbreak; to meet immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by coronavirus-related closures; and to respond to increased demands placed on our stressed social support systems.
Think Small Metro Area Child Care Grants (4/13)Effective immediately and on a first-come, first-serve basis, Think Small will be awarding $1000 to eligible licensed family child care providers in the seven-county metro area.
U.S. Bank & U.S. Bank Foundation (4/13)Shifting grants from specific interests (home, arts, work) to general operating support. Implementation date not published yet.
United Way of 1000 Lakes and the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Community Response Fund (Multi-County) (4/13)Community Response Fund aimed at providing additional local relief to organizations affected by the outbreak.Eligible recipients must serve populations in Itasca County and the five surrounding communities of Bena (Cass County), Blackduck (Beltrami County), Hill City (Aitkin County), Northome (Koochiching County), and Remer (Cass County).
Maddie's Fund (national grants) (4/12)The Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant is designed to assist shelter and rescue organizations in providing the best care possible to the animals in foster care and help manage your population through foster care. It will also help reinforce foster care as a standard practice for animal sheltering as we move forward. Grants from $1000 to $20,000 depending on the # of animals in your care
Applications due April 17
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) (4/12)Grants of up to $2,500 for immediate expense needs (salaries, artist fees, etc.) due to loss of earned income because of COVID-19 for arts organizations and informal arts groups with budgets under $400,000 that are located in the 7-county metropolitan area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.
Wednesdays at Noon
Hispanics in Philanthropy (national grants) (4/10)Hispanics in Philanthropy will award at least $200,000 in grants through its Covid-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund to help frontline organizations that serve migrants. Grants of up to $15,000 may be used to develop and launch emergency services, cover unexpected costs from office closures or disrupted fundraising, bolster services and advocacy, and address other unforeseen impacts of the ongoing pandemic. Applications are due May 1.
Bush Foundation (4/8) Re-purposing funds, Accepting Community Innovation proposals
Bush Foundation will not be offering the Bush Prize, rather they have re-purposed this funding for COVID-19 response activities and initiatives.
Bush Foundation will continue to accept regular Community Innovation proposals and try to expedite COVID-19 proposals. The Foundation is finalizing criteria now with more details to follow.
Due Date: Community Innovation grants accepted year-round
National Domestic Worker's Alliance Coronavirus Care Fund (national grants) (4/8)The Coronavirus Care Fund was established by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to provide emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners to support them in staying safe and staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and to care for themselves and their families.
Tegan and Sara Foundation (national grants) (4/8)Community Grants program, offering microgrants ($500-$1000) to individuals and small organizations with projects that are supporting LGBTQ+ community through the COVID-19 pandemic, whether through providing crucial resources, creating spaces online for art, positivity and conversation, and more.
Central Minnesota Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund (4/7). (Initiative Fund)We will focus on disproportionately affected communities by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work resulting from the outbreak, the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by coronavirus-related closures, and the increased demand on our stressed social support systems .
City of St. Paul (4/7)Provide Emergency relief for small businesses and families
Target (4/7)Status: Receiving donations, deciding criteria
Target and the Target Foundation will be giving $10 million to expand relief and assistance to team members, as well as local, national, and global organizations responding to the pandemic.
Extended deadline to April 15
Due Date: TBD, April 15 extended deadline for current grants
Thief River Falls Area Community Fund (4/7)
Entrepreneur Fund (4/6)In response, the Entrepreneur Fund has developed the Small Business Relief Fund to support businesses in our region that have been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Funding will allow EF to provide financial grant assistance to business owners who are facing significant challenges, but do not qualify for local, state or federal relief.
The Relief Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners in northeast and central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (4/4)
(member of CommunityGiving Consortium)
Response Funds have been activated in all communities served by CommunityGiving. These funds will be available for local donors and others to contribute and support relief efforts to support those impacted by COVID-19. Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofit and/or governmental entities that are responding to the needs of the local community.
Central Minnesota Community Foundation (4/4) (member of CommunityGiving consortium)
(Central Minnesota Community Foundation)
Response Funds have been activated in all communities served by CommunityGiving. These funds will be available for local donors and others to contribute and support relief efforts to support those impacted by COVID-19. Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofit and/or governmental entities that are responding to the needs of the local community.
Community Foundation for Carver County (4/4) (member CommunityGiving Consortium)Response Funds have been activated in all communities served by CommunityGiving. These funds will be available for local donors and others to contribute and support relief efforts to support those impacted by COVID-19. Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofit and/or governmental entities that are responding to the needs of the local community.
Foley Area Response Fund (4/4) (member CommunityGiving consortium)Response Funds have been activated in all communities served by CommunityGiving. These funds will be available for local donors and others to contribute and support relief efforts to support those impacted by COVID-19. Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofit and/or governmental entities that are responding to the needs of the local community.
Minnesota Council of Foundations (4/4)See Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund
Northwest Minnesota Foundation (4/4)The purpose of this grant program is to provide resources for those specifically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to food security, services to the elderly and most vulnerable people, and other services critical to help meet immediate needs in the community.
Peacetime Emergency Grants for Child Care Providers-- State of Minnesota (4/4)The following child care program types are eligible to apply for a grant:
Family and group family licensed under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9502; Child care centers licensed under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9503; and Tribally licensed child care programs
Programs must also meet the following eligibility requirements:
Have a license in good standing; May not be operating on a conditional license, under revocation, or under temporary immediate suspension; May not be the subject of a finding of fraud; May not be prohibited from receiving public funds under MN Statute 245.095, which requires that any provider, vendor, or individual be excluded from receiving grant funds if excluded from another DHS progra
ROCORI Area Response Fund (4/4) (member of CommunityGiving consortium)Response Funds have been activated in all communities served by CommunityGiving. These funds will be available for local donors and others to contribute and support relief efforts to support those impacted by COVID-19. Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofit and/or governmental entities that are responding to the needs of the local community.
Sauk Centre Area Response Fund (4/4) (member CommunityGiving consortium)Response Funds have been activated in all communities served by CommunityGiving. These funds will be available for local donors and others to contribute and support relief efforts to support those impacted by COVID-19. Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofit and/or governmental entities that are responding to the needs of the local community.
Wilmar Area Community Foundation (4/4) (member of CommunityGiving consortium)Response Funds have been activated in all communities served by CommunityGiving. These funds will be available for local donors and others to contribute and support relief efforts to support those impacted by COVID-19. Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofit and/or governmental entities that are responding to the needs of the local community.