COVID-19: FUNDING FOR FRONTLINE NONPROFITS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Updated March 20, 2020

Cheshire Law Group is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our communities. We take seriously the health and well-being of all of our nonprofit clients, and to help those that are first responders on the frontlines, we have put together a list of funding available and designed to help nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania stay calm and carry on. Thank you to the foundations and funders listed below who have jumped into action to provide this much needed and timely support. Several of these funds also serve as a hub for accepting donations and coordinating volunteer efforts.

IN AND AROUND PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia Foundation’s PHL COVID-19 Fund

Grants to community organizations in the Philadelphia area providing support to our most vulnerable neighbors facing unprecedented strain on their resources as a result of COVID-19. 

Chester County Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

The Chester County Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund provides flexible resources to Chester County nonprofits that are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak, with three funding priority levels:

  1. Front Line Grants funding community-based nonprofits that have increased demand for services due to COVID-19
    1. Service-Challenged Grants funding nonprofits that are modifying their in-person service delivery modes extremely rapidly due to COVID-19
    1. Collateral Damage Grants funding nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges

Brandywine Health Foundation’s Healthcare and Economic Relief Fund

https://brandywinefoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant-scholarship/

This Chester County Fund provides resources to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Coatesville serving the Coatesville Area School District geographic area including the City of Coatesville, Boroughs of Modena and South Coatesville and Townships of Caln, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury, Valley, West Brandywine and West Caln. The Fund supports community-based organizations providing basic need services such as rental, utility and food, assistance; and supports new ways to deliver social and behavioral health services.

Foundation for Delaware County’s COVID-19 Response Fund

https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=fdcty

Providing immediate and longer-term resources to nonprofits serving vulnerable residents across Delaware County.

Phoenixville Community Health Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief

Grants to assist local nonprofit organizations with their community support activities.

IN AND AROUND PITTSBURGH

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Emergency Action Fund

https://pittsburghfoundation.org/emergencyactionfund

Rapid funding to nonprofits in Southwest Pennsylvania on the frontlines of COVID-19 response.

IN AND AROUND HARRISBURG

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund

To serve the Greater Harrisburg area, this fund was established in partnership with the United Way of the Capital Region and is committed to providing responsive supports to the areas long-standing and trusted nonprofit community partners on the frontlines.

NATIONWIDE

No Kid Hungry

https://www.nokidhungry.org/coronavirus-grant-request

Emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.

The CDC Foundation (https://www.cdcfoundation.org/coronavirus) and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (https://disasterphilanthropy.org/cdp-fund/cdp-covid-19-response-fund/) have both established funds but are not accepting proposals at this time.

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We are certain that there more funding is available, and that more is on the way. If you are aware of any we have not listed here, please let us know, and we’ll update our list.

If making charitable contributions to any of these funds, or others, please donate with care and check the charitable registration status of any charities before donating.

The spread of coronavirus presents many issues for nonprofits especially, and we are available to provide guidance on any challenges or implications your organizations may be facing. For information and issues, please contact our office’s main number at 267-331-4157 or Morgen Cheshire at ext. 104.
 
Thank you, be prudent, stay calm and kind, and take good care.

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