Covid-19 Relief Funding & Programs For Individuals and Businesses

With so many people out of work and businesses shuttering in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, many are up against a wall financially. COVID-19 is predicted to set into motion a recession worse than The Great Depression, and the government as well as charitable organizations are moving swiftly to help provide relief.

Below we’ve included an extensive list of organizations that are stepping up to help during this difficult time. There are a wide array of specialized resources and options for individuals, businesses and non-profits. From funding for artists and freelancers to small business relief loans and food assistance for families. So, if you’re struggling, there is help out there.

As always, when it comes to emergency funds and loans, the sooner you apply, the better. Here is a comprehensive list of current programs and emergency funding sources for you or your business, courtesy of Grantspace.org.

For your convenience, you can also download the list here

FOR NONPROFITS:

  • Funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) – Candid’s pop-up webpage shares information about philanthropy’s response to the pandemic.
  • Find Your State Association of Nonprofits map – Click on your state to find your nonprofit state association’s website on the National Council of Nonprofits’ map. Your state association is a great place to find local resources and the latest COVID-19 news affecting nonprofits in your area.
  • CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds – A guide created by Independent Sector
  • Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act – chart from National Council of Nonprofits providing details on loan options, eligibility criteria, terms, and application information.
  • State Public Policy Resources on COVID-19 – National Council of Nonprofits’ page for nonprofit-specific materials from state officials and useful resources on what states are doing in response to COVID-19.
  • Esri (GIS) Disaster Response Program – Esri is providing the ArcGIS Hub Coronavirus Response template at no cost through a complimentary six-month subscription of ArcGIS Online with ArcGIS Hub Basic. The template includes examples, materials, and configurations to rapidly deploy an ArcGIS Hub environment. ArcGIS Hub is a framework to build your own website to visualize and analyze the COVID-19 crisis in the context of your organization’s or community’s population and assets.
  • Seed Commons: Worker Response Fund – Fund will provide direct support to worker-owners at cooperative businesses most affected by closures and downturn associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, such as food service businesses, custom manufacturing, and child care cooperatives.
  • Nationwide list of community foundation relief efforts – An aggregated list by The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative.

FOR INDIVIDUALS:

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211 to speak to someone at the United Way who can help.

NOTE: Financial assistance is NOT available through every 211.

211.org also has a comprehensive list of available resources for the following needs:

  • Health insurance & medical expenses
  • Home Internet access
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Mortgage, rent, and utilities payment assistance
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
  • Food Assistance
  • Relief for “gig economy” workers and contractors
  • Mental health and crisis

EMERGENCY GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUALS

FOR ARTISTS (ALL DISCIPLINES):

FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:

INTERNATIONAL AID:

    • *Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta, Canada – Funds are being raised for nonprofit organizations in Alberta, Canada, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • More coming soon – check back for resources
    • Canada AFC COVID-19 Fund – Short-term emergency financial assistance for entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance.
    • Fondation Des Artistes (Canada)  – Supports professional artists from all disciplines, whether they work in the performing arts, theater, television, cinema, circus, music, dance or visual arts.

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