Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund Grants
Hosted by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, the Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund will award one-time grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose operations 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 Response 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 whose operations address the basic needs of vulnerable populations that are under additional strain due to the pandemic as well as to small businesses adversely impacted by cancellations and closures due to COVID-19. Grants for small business assistance for businesses in both Clark and Floyd County will be made through the Small Business Emergency Loan Fund at Caesar’s Foundation of Floyd County. Learn more about the Small Business Emergency Loan Program here.
Grants will be made on a weekly basis, and will be posted on our COVID-19 Response Fund page. Grants will be distributed on a rolling basis and will be administered in partnership with funding partners and representatives of community organizations. 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 are asked to 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.
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.
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 small businesses adversely impacted by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19.
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.
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?
No. While small business emergency relief is a criteria for the use of grants from the Fund, these grants will be made to the Caesar’s Foundation of Floyd County Small Business Emergency Relief Fund. CFFC will distribute grants directly to Clark and Floyd County small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about the Small Business Emergency Loan Program here.
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?
We expect grants from this Fund will be made on a rolling weekly basis, beginning as soon as possible. We will publish the names of grantees and more information on a regular basis.