COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund

Long Island Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $25,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture Human & Social Services Health Care Access & Delivery Food Access & Hunger Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New York: Nassau County, Suffolk County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Nassau County, Suffolk County

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The Coronavirus is impacting everyone across the country and globe, but it will have a particularly devastating impact on vulnerable populations. Long Island is home to a high percentage of low-income workers and others who may be at particular risk, yet our needs are often overlooked, and Long Island receives far less funding, proportionally, to its NYC neighbor.

The COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund was established to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential health and human services and food insecurity, as well as arts and culture as it is directly tied to our communities’ health and wellness and economic recovery. As always, LICF will work closely with sector leaders to understand their evolving needs and gaps in funding.

The fund is made possible by a partnership of Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Greentree Foundation Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund, Long Island Community Foundation, Rauch Foundation, and many other generous donors.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and an expedited process so that recipient organizations will receive funds in a timely fashion.


The Long Island COVID-19 Philanthropic Response Fund requests proposals from Long Island’s human services and arts & culture nonprofit organizations that are responding to the human services needs of members of our community, and the economic consequences caused by the pandemic.

The first phase of funding will be used to support the immediate needs of front-line direct service providers to strengthen their capacity to address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the emergent needs of vulnerable populations caused by related closures and social distancing guidelines.

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. First phase grants will be rapid-response, short-term grants (up to 4 weeks of funding) and are expected to be between $1,000-$25,000. This funding may be renewable based on ongoing need. Organizations requiring larger grants will be considered on a case by case basis. Requests for support will be ranked based on immediacy of the request, severity of the impact on residents, and resources available. Because this is an evolving situation, depending on available funding and need, we expect that organizations will be able to apply during multiple phases.

Note: These parameters may change in response to the situation and organizational needs. All such changes will be communicated to applicants.

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


  • Grants are limited to 501(c)3 organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions such as faith-based organizations located in or primarily serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties’ communities and residents.