COVID-19 Response Fund

Seattle Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Washington: King County, Kitsap County, Pierce County, Snohomish County

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: We are working closely with United Way of King County and King County’s Pandemic Community Advisory Group to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund at this time. You may email us at [email protected] to make sure we are aware of your organization’s work supporting economically vulnerable residents and families. 

A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners has joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in the Puget Sound region.

About the COVID-19 Response Fund

Hosted by Seattle Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

In the near-term, one-time operating grants will fund organizations that have deep roots within priority populations, such as:

  • Residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days
  • Residents with limited English language proficiency
  • Healthcare and gig economy workers
  • Communities of color

The first phase of these rapid-response grants will address:

  • The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19 
  • Increased demand for medical information and support
  • Fear and confusion about the outbreak among the region’s most vulnerable residents 

Seattle Foundation will administer grants in partnership with United Way of King County, King County’s Pandemic Community Advisory Group, and Fund partners. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. The Fund expects to make an initial round of grants within the next few weeks.

FUND TOTAL, as of March 17 at noon: $11.4 million, including $230,000+ in online gifts

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


  • Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. 


  • The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the greater Puget Sound region.
    • We are doing this with a recognition that many King County nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.
    • We also know that there are many organizations in Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties that have broader footprints, serving King County residents.


  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.