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COVID-19

RESOURCE GUIDE

TRG is committed to continue our support in our community during this critical time. See Below.

Looking for COVID-19 Emergency Funding?

Candid is constantly updating a list of funds that are available for nonprofits.

Candid (owner of Foundation Directory) Resource guide:
https://candid.org/explore-issues/coronavirus

PND (by Candid) constantly updated with national funder initiatives:
http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news

Grant Space by Candid: Where can I find emergency financial resources to help with COVID-19
hardships?

https://grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/covid-19-emergency-financial-resources/

Association of Fundraising Professionals COVID-19 Resource Guide:
https://afpglobal.org/covid19resourceguide

Links to Local, State & Federal Resources

U.S Department of the Treasury

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
https://www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19/

Michigan Paycheck Protection Program (MiPPP)
http://paycheckprotectionprogrammichigan.com/

 

Foundations / Corporations


Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation

– The Foundation has announced their COVID-19 Response Fund: Learn More

 

  1. Nonprofits are eligible to apply for a grant up to $20,000 per organization. The request must be directly related to COVID-19 and not an ongoing need. Small to mid-sized organizations ($500k – $5m) will be given primary consideration. Other requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Nonprofits must apply via the Foundation grant portal by no later than April 15, 2020. If applicable, realign March – June 2020 program grant fund allocations to best meet the needs of those you serve and the organization.

 

The Quicken Loans Community Fund and Gilbert Family Foundation
– Combined effort of $1.2 million

  •  $250,000 from both ($500,000 total) to United Way to support vulnerable populations and nonprofits serving those in need amid the covid-19.
  • $250,000 to United Community Housing Coalition to address housing instability, including mortgage, rental and utility assistance.
  • $450,000 to be provided as flexible investments for small businesses and existing grant partners.

– Quicken Loans Community Fund has also set up a matching fundraising campaign for team
members in its home communities of Detroit, Cleveland, Phoenix and Charlotte.

Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan

– CFSEM is Tracking the needs of Local nonprofit, Submit yours here: https://cfsem.org/potential-needs-in-southeast-michigan-related-to-covid-19/

– Current Grantees:

  • If you have an open grant from CFSEM and have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your program officer. We are standing by ready to be as flexible as possible.
  • We are happy to extend grant report deadlines if needed.
  • We are available to discuss changes to your grant budgets if needed.
  • We are planning to pay all grants on schedule.

– CFSEM is launching Relief Funds in Collaboration with other funders:

  • COVID-19 Relief Fund for Southeast Michigan – Supports immediate and long-term unmet needs of our community and local nonprofits.
  • Health COVID-19 Relief Fund Southeast Michigan – Supports the urgent health-related needs of our community and local nonprofits.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund – Supports critical needs of the small business community amid the crisis of COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance Fund- Supports critical needs of the regional arts and creative community amid the crisis of COVID-19
  •  Funding Partners- These funds were made possible by:
  1. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  2. DeRoy Testamentary Foundation
  3. The DMC Foundation
  4. The Facebook Community Fund
  5. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  6. Kresge Foundation
  7. Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  8. The New Economy Initiative
  9. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  10. Individual Donors

United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s COVID-19 Community Health Fund:

https://unitedwaysem.org/homepage/covid-19-fund/ : they will be hosting a webinar for nonprofits to learn more about how to access the fund.

 

Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
– Continuing the process of grant payments
– Ability to advance grant payments if necessary
– Organizations can continue to apply for grants
– “will have flexibility in working with each of you around potential impacts”
– With existing grantees, opportunity to repurpose up to 10%
– Postponing final reports up to 90 days
– Taking special opportunities to the board every Friday
– Giving opportunities to help with changing policies such as unemployment
– Revisiting designated funds for 4 focuses. Ability to reapply.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
– Is providing $500,000 to support the efforts of community-based organizations across Michigan to provide meals to vulnerable children due to school closures, and efforts to protect seniors and other populations in need.

 

The Consumers Energy Foundation
– Is supporting two statewide organizations with a $500,000 contribution to help enhance critical services for Michigan children, vulnerable seniors and those who may need assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Association of
United Ways will each receive $250,000.
– Consumers Energy has also enhanced its Matching Gifts Program focusing on matching employee contributions to food banks/pantries, homeless shelters, community foundations and the United Way. Through May 31 donations from CMS and Consumers Energy employees will be matched without restriction.

 

Skillman Foundation
– Opportunity to repurpose up to 25% of your grant amidst COVID-19 challenges
– Request for input on creating ongoing open dialogue across this group
– Invitation to receive HR and legal council regarding workplace issues to COVID-19
– If you’re a Detroit high school Senior and have questions:
https://www.skillman.org/blog/hsfaq/?fbclid=IwAR2DQtDtVXhPLECnY5pzlXUzGn1jcF7gSYTgwQUJ
e0l5DOnmICu0km-Z51w

 

The Kresge Foundation
– Loosening or eliminating restrictions on current grants.
– Making new grants as flexible as possible
– Reducing requests of nonprofit partners
– Contributing to community-based emergency response funds and other efforts that are
addressing health and economic impacts of the pandemic
– Communicating proactively and regularly about decision-making and response
– Committing to listening to partners and especially to those communities least heard
– Support grantee partners advocating for important public policy changes, as appropriate
– Freely share emergency practice learnings and consider adjusting philanthropic practices as
needed

 

Ford Foundation (National)
– For grantee partners receiving project support, they are open to converting current project grants
to general support.

– Open to changing payment schedule

– Grant funds will not be rescinded if a program, conference, or other grant activity is canceled or
postponed.

 

Co.act Detroit
– Extending application deadlines for Activate Fund (a fund that will invest $1.5 million into
nonprofit organizations’ capacity to effect transformative impact in their communities) to April 22,
2020.
o Up to 20 registered 501(c)(3)s serving Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties will receive as much as $50,000 each to support:
▪ Funding and Resources
▪ Operations*
▪ Organizational Culture
▪ Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation
– Making available webinar versions of their information sessions on
www.coactdetroit.org/activate.
– Invitation to interested applicants to arrange virtual office hour sessions on the scheduled dates
by contacting them at activatefundinfo@coactdetroit.org

Council of Michigan Foundations

– Resources and best practices: https://www.michiganfoundations.org/covid-19-resource-
central#resources

 

What relief funds have been set up in response to COVID-19?

 

Grand Haven Emergency Human Needs Fund
This fund will provide critical support to agencies providing vital services such as access to
food and basic hygiene, caring for senior citizens and overall basic needs. The fund is housed
at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

 

Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund
The Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund has been established by a coalition of philanthropic,
government and business partners to quickly coordinate and deploy resources to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Flint area that are working with communities
disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This fund is supported by the
Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

 

Holland/Zeeland Emergency Human Needs Fund

This fund will provide critical support to agencies providing vital services such as access to food and basic hygiene, caring for our senior citizens and overall basic needs. The fund is housed at the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.

 

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Urgent Relief Fund
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) in partnership with United Way Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region has activated its respective community crisis relief funds to address emerging needs surfacing in key services for their most vulnerable community members. Funds will be used to assist with immediate and anticipated direct service needs, such as: access to food, child care and nonprofit operation.

 

Kent County Coronavirus Relief Fund
Heart of West Michigan United Way, in partnership with local foundations and funders, has
established a Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund for people to donate to help meet
immediate needs in the community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund
will support the nonprofits who are serving vulnerable populations during this time. United Way will match up to $50,000 in donations. The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is a
fund partner.

 

Marquette County Community Response Fund
Administered by the Community Foundation of Marquette County, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Marquette County will provide flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic impact of this outbreak.

 

Otsego County Response Fund
This fund will provide critical support to local agencies providing vital services such as access to food and personal care items, services for senior citizens and overall basic needs. This fund is supported by the Otsego Community Foundation.

 

Southeastern Michigan United Way Community Response Fund
DTE Energy, the Gilbert Family Foundation, Quicken Loans Community Fund, The Skillman
Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Blue Cross Blue

Shield of Michigan and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan are all
contributors to this fund, which will be used for a multitude of efforts to help with recovery,
including: food distribution to students affected by school closures and other vulnerable
populations that are isolated or lack access; availability of shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness who do not have the resources needed to stay safe; operational funding gaps for health and human service agencies; loss of income and access to services for vulnerable populations; and supporting college students who face barriers as they complete their education.

 

Thumb Coast Regional Response Fund
Any gifts made to the fund will support local nonprofit organizations, schools and
appropriate units of local government who are on the front lines of helping our region
manage this evolving crisis. This fund was created by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.

 

Washtenaw County Community Relief Fund
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is among the organizations supporting the
United Way of Washtenaw County’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to help meet critical
and emerging needs of the local community amid the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, funds will go toward helping nonprofit agencies meet the needs of those most vulnerable during the crisis, including children, those who need food, families facing loss of income due to health issues, business closures and those currently experiencing a housing crisis. Are you aware of a relief and response fund led by or supported by Michigan philanthropy not listed here? Contact CMF. The National Center for Family Philanthropy also maintains an interactive map of funds including and outside of Michigan.

 

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
– Will begin to issue short-term (up to 180 days) cash flow loans of up to $50,000 each for nonprofit organizations, with priority given to nonprofits that can demonstrate future revenues to pay back the loans and sustain operations.
– Making emergency systems-level grants, focusing on two areas where they have concentrated resources and expertise: vulnerable seniors and children.

 

DTE Energy Foundation
– will match all donations to the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan Community Action now through Thursday, April 16.
– The non-profits are focused on helping individuals, families and communities weather the

 

COVID-19 crisis by supplying food, shelter and other basic needs.
– Donations can be allocated to particular United Way chapters and community action agencies to address emergency needs of a particular community.
– The Foundation will match individual donations up to $5,000 per person

 

Community Foundation of Greater Flint
– The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, in partnership with United Way of Genesee County, has announced the creation of a relief fund to help support local nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

– To that end, the fund will support immediate and anticipated direct service needs/gaps at local nonprofits, the expansion of nonprofit operations and infrastructure to meet growing demand, and costs associated with increasing volunteer capacity.
– The foundation reports that $625,000 had been raised for the fund as of Friday, March
27.

Other Local Resources

 

MEDC

– Michigan Small Business Relief Program: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/press-
releases/2020/03/vital-funding-for-states-small-businesses-gains-michigan-strategic-fund-
support/

https://www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/covid19/
The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
– The Michigan Small Business Development: https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/

 

DPSCD
– Covid-19 Resources: https://www.detroitk12.org/covid19

 

City of Detroit
– CEC Resource Page: https://covid313.org — for parents from the city, in partnership with a number of community organizations

 

Detroit College Access Network
– Google spreadsheet “Detroit-based COVID-19 Mutual Aid” to track local resources available to
students and Detroit area residents for housing, food, health care and more.

o https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-m6QBgqejlk2h6uJ0WGkphZuZ5MR3-uWCkv2vSZcHY8/edit#gid=1727309836

 

CultureSource
– Providing information online programs to strategize and provide resources:
https://culturesource.org/response-programs/
– Resources for freelancers:
https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

MISC

 

Council of Foundations (National)
https://www.cof.org/news/call-action-philanthropys-commitment-during-covid-19 (list of foundations who have signed the pledge)
– Well over 200 US and international foundations have signed the pledge thus far, which is front and center on the website of the partnering Council on Foundations. They run the gamut of types and sizes, but all agree that they will adhere for the near future to these eight shared
principles of grantmaking.
– Loosen or eliminate the restrictions on current grants. This can include converting project-based grants to unrestricted support; accelerating payment schedules; and not holding grantees
responsible if conferences, events, and other project deliverables must be postponed or canceled.
– Make new grants as unrestricted as possible, so nonprofit partners have maximum flexibility to respond to this crisis. We will also support organizations created and led by the communities most affected that we may not fund currently.
– Reduce what we ask of our nonprofit partners, postponing reporting requirements, site visits, and other demands on their time during this challenging period.
– Contribute to community-based emergency response funds and other efforts to address the
health and economic impact on those most affected by this pandemic.
– Communicate proactively and regularly about our decision-making and response to provide
helpful information while not asking more of grantee partners.
– Commit to listening to our partners and especially to those communities least heard, lifting up their voices and experiences to inform public discourse and our own decision-making so we
can act on their feedback. We recognize that the best solutions to the manifold crises caused by
COVID-19 are not found within foundations.
– Support, as appropriate, grantee partners advocating for important public policy changes to fight the pandemic and deliver an equitable and just emergency response for all. This may
include its economic impact on workers, such as expanded paid sick leave; increasing civic
participation; access to affordable health care; and expanded income and rental assistance. It should also include lending our voices to calls to action led by grantee partners, at their direction and request.
– Learn from these emergency practices and share what they teach us about effective
partnership and philanthropic support, so we may consider adjusting our practices more
fundamentally in the future, in more stable times, based on all we learn.
Google
– Google has announced a commitment of more than $800 million in support of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), health organizations, governments, and healthcare workers on the frontlines
of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
– The commitment includes $250 million in ad grants — up from the $25 million announced previously — to help the World Health Organization and more than a hundred government agencies provide critical information on how to prevent the spread of the virus and other measures designed to help local communities.

– The tech giant also will provide $20 million in ad grants to community financial institutions and NGOs for coronavirus-related public service announcements.
– Another $340 million in Google ad credits will be made available to SMBs with active Google accounts for use through the end of 2020.

– In addition, the company has established a $200 million investment fund aimed at providing small businesses with access to capital.
– Grantees include the Opportunity Finance Network, which will work to fill gaps in
financing for people and communities underserved by mainstream financial institutions.
– And a pool of $20 million in Google Cloud credits will help researchers and academic
institutions leverage Google’s computing capabilities and infrastructure as they work on
potential therapies and vaccines, track and analyze critical data, and identify new ways
to combat the virus.

 

Community Foundations Have Raised $238.7 Million to Fight COVID-19
– Community foundations in the United States have mobilized nearly $240 million in support of
efforts to help those impacted by COVID-19, a study conducted by the Community Foundation
Public Awareness Initiative finds.
– Over the past two weeks, nearly a hundred and seventy community foundations, in partnership with nonprofits, local government agencies, the business community, and private and family foundations, have created COVID-19 response funds to help those in need and ensure an efficient and coordinated response to the pandemic.

– In the Midwest, the Chicago Community Trust has raised $3.5 million to date in support of forty-two nonprofits working to mitigate the impact of the virus in the Chicago-metro region, while in the Pacific Northwest the Oregon Community Foundation has announced $2 million in grants. And in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., the New York Community Trust is hosting a city-wide fund that has raised $78 million from twenty-six partners and plans to make weekly grants to local nonprofits working to address critical needs in the city and beyond.

– “This crisis demands flexibility and creative ideas,” said Greater Washington Community Foundation interim president and CEO Tonia Wellons. “Covid-19 is affecting everyone in our
community — but it is hitting historically underserved populations particularly hard. We, and our colleagues across the country, are working to identify and adopt innovative approaches so we can rise to the considerable challenge our communities are now facing.”

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