COVID-19 Financial Resources

Because of the unprecedented economic hardships facing individuals and small businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we started a comprehensive list of emergency financial resources to assist you in this very difficult time. Please note:

  • We do not give out grants/make donations; this list is an informational resource.
  • We are adding resources as we become aware of them so please keep on checking back for updates.
  • An asterisk (*) before a grant indicates it is still in development (not giving out funds yet).

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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.
  • Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund – The City of Chicago has established a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund (the Resiliency Fund), which will provide small businesses and non-profits with emergency cash flow during this health crisis. Funds will be provided to eligible businesses as low-interest loans.
  • 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:

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