Nonprofit Resources

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The services of many of our area nonprofits are more critical now than ever before, yet so many are feeling the pain of the COVID-19 impact. This is a guide to the resources available for nonprofits.


Are there financial resources available to me?

Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
This fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. The Rapid Response Fund will provide grant awards on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

The Rapid Response Fund will support nonprofit organizations that serve:

  • People 60 years of age and older, people with compromised immune systems, those who are pregnant and others with increased health risks associated with the novel coronavirus
  • Low-income residents
  • Homeless people
  • Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid time off work
  • People with limited English language proficiency
  • Health care, service workers and part-time workers
  • People of color
  • People with disabilities
  • Incarcerated and returning citizens
  • Other populations emerging with needs as the crisis unfolds


This Fund will support organizations that are able to deploy resources quickly to meet emergent community needs.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, grants are limited to:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities


How can my organization apply?

The partners plan to continue to make grants once a week through June, with the potential to extend grant opportunities as needed and as additional funding resources become available through new partners joining the effort.

Frontline nonprofits that have pressing needs related to the COVID-19 crisis response should email covid19response@clevefdn.org to receive more information about the streamlined funding process.


CARES Act
The federal CARES Act provides financial resources for nonprofits. Read the Guide to the CARES Act to learn more about the programs that can help your organization.


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