Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants
Hosted by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, the COVID-19 Relief Fund awards one-time grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose work in support of seniors, children, immigrants, workers and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak. The Fund is designed to be adaptable in its goals and focus, which will evolve as community members and nonprofits in our region share their needs.
To be considered for a grant from the COVID-19 Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, please review the information below.
Note: We will update the fund information frequently, especially as the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic rapidly over time. The FAQs below highlight the current focus and restrictions on grant eligibility.
Given the immediate needs within our Clark and Floyd County service area, the Fund is currently focused on providing support grants to 501c3 nonprofits that address the basic needs of vulnerable populations under additional strain due to the pandemic as well as to small businesses adversely impacted by cancellations and closures due to COVID-19. Grants will also support operational needs exacerbated by the COVID pandemic (lack of fundraising events, need to hire more staff, using more resources to address needs, etc.).
Grants will be made weekly. See a list of grants awarded at the bottom of this page. Grants are distributed on a rolling basis. Grant awards will range from $1,000-$10,000.
To limit the burden on nonprofits, we are using a short, informal application at this time. Interested nonprofits should fill out a short form providing basic information about your organization and work to address the basic needs of vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic. Please note that applying for and receiving a COVID-19 Relief Grant will not disqualify you from being able to apply for other future grant opportunities available through the Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program.
We encourage you to complete this form if you are a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is providing coronavirus related relief to Clark and Floyd counties’ most vulnerable populations including seniors, children, residents without access to paid sick days, healthcare and gig economy workers, communities of color, immigrants and people with disabilities.
FAQs for Grantseekers
How can my organization be considered for resources from the fund?
The Community Foundation is asking nonprofits interested in general operating support or support of specific work related to addressing the COVID-19 crisis to fill out the form here to request funds. However, it should be noted that this fund is designed to make grants only to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organizations.
How much funding is available?
The number of grants will be determined by the funds available and anticipated current and future needs of the nonprofit community.
Is there a maximum grant amount?
Grant awards will range from $1,000-$10,000. The maximum request for consideration is $10,000.
Can grants support operational needs?
Yes. If your nonprofit’s operating budget has been negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic, you can apply for operational support. Examples include the loss of a fundraising event, the need to hire more staff to handle increased workloads, paying overtime to address the increased needs caused by the pandemic, etc.
What criteria are you using to make your decisions?
At this time, grants will be awarded based on several general criteria.
- Grants should fund 501c3 organizations that are serving Clark and Floyd counties’ most vulnerable residents including seniors, children, residents without access to paid sick days, healthcare and gig economy workers, communities of color, immigrants, homeless and people with disabilities.
- Grants should support these organizations’ capacity to provide food and address other immediate basic needs caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19.
- Grants should support operational needs that have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.
While the Fund will primarily focus on providing rapid grants based on these criteria to nonprofits whose operations address the basic needs of vulnerable populations that are under additional strain due to the outbreak or that work with small businesses adversely impacted, there will be a crucial need for funds to aid in the rebuilding efforts and unanticipated community needs many months from now. Given this, we plan to hold back a percentage of funds available to be allocated at a later date for recovery and rebuilding our economy.
Can individuals apply for a grant from this Fund?
The Fund partners understand the COVID-19 pandemic is having and will continue to have a significant impact on individuals and families in Southern Indiana. The Community Foundation will work to move resources as quickly as possible to 501c3 community-based organizations that are directly supporting local families and residents who are most affected. We invite you to visit our resources page, Other Resources, to find help.
But unfortunately, we cannot offer direct funds to individuals at this time.
Can small businesses apply for a grant from this Fund?
Not at this time.
Is there a geographic focus for the fund?
The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize funding for organizations in Clark and Floyd counties. Donors seeking to support organizations outside of that geographic area are encouraged to make direct gifts or reach out to that area’s community foundation for assistance in getting resources targeted to that region.
When will grants be announced?
Grants from this Fund are made on a rolling weekly basis. Look for the list of grantees at the bottom of this page.
Can my organization apply for future CFSI grants?
Applying for and receiving a COVID-19 Relief Grant will not disqualify you from being able to apply for other future grant opportunities available through the Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program.
COMMUNITY ACTION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA
Helping Clark County residents with medical bills, groceries and health insurance premiums.
PARK MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH-CATALYST RESCUE MISSION
Helping house, quarantine and care for area homeless exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
Providing personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and CNAs serving hospice and palliative
SPEED MEMORIAL CHURCH-FAITH KITCHEN FOOD PANTRY
Feeding our community’s hungry and vulnerable during the COVID-19 virus.
HEUSER HEARING INSTITUTE
Providing personal protective equipment and supplies to continue serving Southern Indiana residents.
Providing food and utility assistance to those impacted by the pandemic.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA MID-STATES
Providing medical and cleaning supplies to direct support professionals and home managers working to support residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
HOPE SOUTHERN INDIANA
Providing utility, transportation and food assistance to those in need.
CENTER FOR LAY MINISTRIES
Helping those in need with food, transportation and utility assistance.
SALVATION ARMY OF NEW ALBANY
Helping those in need with food and basic needs.
ST. ELIZABETH CATHOLIC CHARITIES
To shelter and serve women and children throughout the crisis.
CHOICES FOR LIFE RESOURCE CENTER
Providing families with diapers, wipes, baby formula, and other needed supplies.
OPEN DOOR YOUTH SERVICES
Providing medical supplies and personal protective equipment for staff and children in their care.
SUPPLIES OVER SEAS
For the continued collection, processing and deployment of surplus medical equipment to healthcare workers and first responders.
Providing resources for the organization to continue their operations and make face shields for healthcare workers.
Helping those in need with food, toiletries and other needed supplies.
For overall operational support of the transitional housing program (staffing, utilities, mortgage) while maintaining services for residents who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.
Supplying 3 months of food and other critical supplies for children in their care.
ARTS ALLIANCE OF SOUTHERN INDIANA
Providing children at Title 1 schools with books and art materials during the pandemic.
HOMELESS COALITION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA
Keeping people in their homes who have been affected by the pandemic by providing rental assistance, mortgage assistance and rental down payments.
PROVIDENCE SELF SUFFICIENCY MINISTRIES
To create a quarantine space for COVID-19 positive elders and provide relief for additional costs of PPE supplies, cleaning and technology to help elders stay in touch with families.
GOODWILL OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN INDIANA
Providing resources for the continued operation of the Children’s Learning Center which is providing healthcare professionals, first-responders and all essential workers access to safe, high-quality childcare.
DARE TO CARE
Providing 30,000 meals to Clark and Floyd county community members in need of food.
Transportation services for medically fragile clients who need continued care and essential trips the grocery, pharmacy, etc. during the pandemic.
LET US LEARN
Resources to provide online learning opportunities for our community.
CENTER FOR LAY MINISTRIES
Resources to assist with increased demand for food and basic needs.
CLARK COUNTY YOUTH SHELTER AND FAMILY SERVICES
Technology for modified educational programming for youth and to help increase interactions with loved ones and case workers.
HOPE SOUTHERN INDIANA
Assistance with Clothe a Teen and Pack the Bus projects
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Resource to help with operational needs and shortfall caused by pandemic.
Resources to help with operational support during pandemic.
CLEAN SOCKS HOPE
Resources to help with rent support.
LINCOLN HERITAGE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
To assist with increased needs of scouting families in Clark and Floyd counties due to COVID-19
To assist with operational needs caused by the COVID pandemic.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
To hire additional phlebotomists to meet the changing realities of blood collection techniques – conducting multiple smaller events and office appointments instead of large-scale gatherings.
66 LOANS TO SMALL BUSINESSES
Helping small businesses through this challenging time thanks to a partnership with One Southern Indiana and Caesars Foundation of Floyd County’s Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. Funding for small businesses was earmarked by donors to be used for this specific purpose.