COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Request-Phase II

Greater Washington Community Foundation

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Deadline: May 29, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Senior Services Child Welfare Services Disability Care & Services Ex-offender Services Immigrant Services LGBTQI Services Poverty Alleviation & Services Employment Services Youth Services Education Child Care Services Affordable Housing Homelessness Services Health Care Access & Delivery Violence Prevention Domestic Violence Food Security Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The Greater Washington Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established in March 2020 to support the critical needs of residents of the Greater Washington region who are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As the situation evolves and changes, so will the focus of the Emergency Response Fund. Our Phase I of grantmaking was conducted in March and April 2020. The Fund received more than 700 proposals totaling more than $40 million in requests. The Fund has awarded 95 grants totaling nearly $4 million to date.  

Phase II Grant and Eligibility Information 

Applications will be accepted until the RFP for phase 2 closes on May 29 at 5 p.m. We encourage eligible nonprofits to submit applications for consideration as soon as possible, and we will review applications on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified of final funding decisions in June 2020.

Eligible applicants may only submit ONE application for funding in this round. We will be prioritizing funding to organizations that did not receive funding through our first round of grants. Specific guidelines and deadlines for future grant cycles will be available on our website.

Nonprofits may apply for grants up to $50,000. (Please note that The Community Foundation reserves the right to make investments above this level as appropriate.) We encourage nonprofits to apply for grant funding that is no more than 10% of your annual operating budget.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund seeks to make investments using a race equity lens and have committed to at least 50% of the organizations selected for funding will have leadership of color (board and senior leadership).

Types of Grants

  • Direct Service Support for local nonprofit organizations actively providing services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to support direct service projects that fit within the funding priorities. Grant funds must be expended before July 31, 2020. Grantee Partners may retroactively apply grant funding toward expenses incurred as early as May 1, 2020. 
  • Support for Advocacy and Community Organizing projects that fit within one of the funding priorities. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to support projects with a grant period of up to 12 months. Grantee Partners will be required to begin their advocacy and/or organizing activities in earnest and begin to expend grant funds before July 31, 2020. It is not required that advocacy or organizing efforts be completed by this date. Grantee Partners may retroactively apply grant funding toward expenses incurred on May 1, 2020, and beyond. 

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

Eligibility:

  • The organization has a 501(c)(3) designation or a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation.
  • The organization is located in the Greater Washington region. 
  • The purpose of the request is to serve residents in one or more of the following jurisdictions: District of Columbia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland.
  • We reserve the right to make strategic grants outside of the stated geographic priority area on a limited basis.
  • Note: Organizations may apply for regional work that is inclusive of Northern Virginia, however, proposals that solely focus on Northern Virginia communities should be directed to our partner response funds in Northern Virginia.
  • Eligible applicants may only submit ONE application for funding in this round.
  • We encourage nonprofits to apply for grant funding that is no more than 10% of your annual operating budget.
  • The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund seeks to make investments using a race equity lens and have committed to at least 50% of the organizations selected for funding will have leadership of color (board and senior leadership).

Preferences:

  • We will be prioritizing funding to organizations that did not receive funding through our first round of grants.

Ineligibility:

  • The Community Foundation is not accepting requests or proposals related to other funds set up by our external partners for specific needs and populations in response to COVID-19.