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BF: COVID-19 Response Fund

The Boston Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Emergency Medical Care & Services Senior Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Massachusetts: Essex County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Suffolk County

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: The COVID-19 Response Fund at the Boston Foundation is currently not accepting new applications for the current phase of grantmaking. 

The COVID-19 Response Fund has been established by a coalition of business, government and philanthropic partners to rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in Greater Boston that are working with communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

About the Fund

Hosted by the Boston Foundation, The COVID-19 Response Fund awards one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose operations in support of seniors, communities of color, immigrants and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak. The Fund is designed to be adaptable in its goals and focus, which will evolve as community members and nonprofits in our region share their needs. 

Given the immediate needs within our Greater Boston catchment area, the Fund has to date focused on providing general operating support grants to nonprofits whose operations address the basic needs of vulnerable populations that are under additional strain due to the pandemic.

The Boston Foundation encourages institutions, companies and other funders to contribute to the Fund, which will work in partnership with the City of Boston and other funders to ensure the Fund has maximum reach and effectiveness. In addition to offering an opportunity to contribute to the Fund, the Boston Foundation is also urging its own donors to look for opportunities to support nonprofits directly by making general operating support grants to organizations they wish to help.

Grant Criteria

At this time, grants will be awarded based on two general criteria.

  • Grants should fund organizations that are authentically connected to Greater Boston's (TBF catchment area) most vulnerable residents such as seniors, communities of color, immigrants (including undocumented individuals), people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and incarcerated and returning citizens.
  • Grants should support these organizations' capacity to provide food and address other immediate basic needs caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19.

While the Fund will primarily focus on providing rapid, general operating grants to nonprofits whose operations address the basic needs of vulnerable populations that are under additional strain due to the outbreak, there will be a crucial need for funds to aid in the rebuilding efforts and unanticipated community needs many months from now. Given this, we plan to hold back a percentage of funds available to be allocated at a later date.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • This fund is designed to make grants only to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organizations.
  • Only nonprofits located in and serving communities in the Boston Foundation catchment area are eligible for grants at this time.


  • We cannot offer direct funds to individuals at this time.