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Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Cambridge Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Poverty Alleviation & Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Basic Human Needs

Applicant type: Individuals, Nonprofit, For-Profit Business

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Location of residency: Middlesex County, Massachusetts

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NOTE: The demand for support through the Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund has exceeded our available funds. We have closed the Fund and are no longer accepting new applications.

In March 2020, the Foundation seeded $50,000 into the Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund and since then hundreds of people, organizations, and local businesses have contributed to the fund with gifts ranging from $100,000 to $20.  

While the generosity of our community has been overwhelming, the need for support among the most vulnerable is tremendous. We’ve received 100 to 150 applications weekly and we’re at a point where applications are outweighing available funds. We launched this fund with a commitment that we would allocate grants until the fund was depleted, or until the end of June 2020. 

Thanks to the power of collective giving in our community, we’ve awarded grants to more than 850 Cambridge residents, workers, and small businesses experiencing financial crisis. We’ve supported hundreds more people in partnership with more than 20 nonprofits. The fund provides one-time direct cash grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 for individuals and families and grants of $2,500 to $10,000 to nonprofits able to make cash transfers to their constituents.  

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


  • Applicants must be Cambridge residents – or people whose main source of income emanates from Cambridge, Cambridge organizations with 501c3 status, or small businesses in our community with demonstrated loss of opportunity or income. To be clear, individuals or groups can apply to this fund; 501c3 status is not a requirement.  
    • To be clear, individuals or groups can apply to this fund; 501c3 status is not a requirement.
  • A limited number of special grants of up to $10,000 are considered for nonprofit organizations, based on the following criteria:  
    • Track record of working with low–income families  
    • The ability to make cash transfers to individuals and families for a range of needs such as rent shortage, food, utilities, medicines/medical supplies 
    • Evidence of 501c3 status 

This page was last reviewed August 05, 2020 and last updated August 05, 2020