HFPG: COVID-19 Response Fund Grant

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Basic Human Needs Health Care Access & Delivery

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Connecticut: Hartford County, Tolland County

Location of residency: Counties in Connecticut: Hartford County, Tolland County

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For the remainder of 2020, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s COVID-19 Response Fund will transition from a focus on emergency response to keeping nonprofit staff and clients safe during the re-opening phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

Grant awards will support re-opening costs that nonprofits expect to incur over a six-month period. These costs may include personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning, small COVID-related infrastructure accommodations, technology to support virtual services and/or remote staff, staff health screenings, etc. and must be in alignment with state and federal public health guidelines for re-opening your facility safely. 

Nonprofits seeking support should submit an online application. Applications will be reviewed weekly, on a rolling basis. We will use our grantmaking rubricto assess and prioritize grant applications. Grant awards will be considered based on the needs presented and the Foundation’s capacity to respond. 

The maximum grant award will be $100,000, with a projected average grant size of $20,000, over a period of up to six months, with awards at the higher end of the range mainly reserved for applications that would benefit multiple nonprofits.

COVID-19 Response Fund

The Hartford Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund will deploy flexible resources to nonprofits in Greater Hartford that support residents who are most vulnerable to the health-related and economic impacts caused by the pandemic. The fund will also support grants to stabilize nonprofit organizations experiencing lost revenue during the crisis.

The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the Foundation’s 29-town region. We are doing this with a recognition that many nonprofits serve residents in neighboring communities just beyond the region.

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 501(c)(3) nonprofits, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities.
  • Requests from nonprofits and collective efforts to support a cohort of nonprofits or a nonprofit sector are encouraged to apply.


  • While the Fund is open to a broad range of organizations, those that demonstrate alignment with the Foundation’s strategic focus to address disparities related to race/ethnicity, zip code and income and those led by, and predominately serving, communities and people of color may be prioritized. 


  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.


This page was last reviewed July 13, 2020 and last updated July 13, 2020