COVID-19 Emergency Response grants
Several local funders have either created new, emergency funds, or have re-directed current grants to address immediate needs. We will update this list as new sources are available.
Foundations Community Partnership
Deadline: September 1, 2020; October 1, 2020
1. The Partnership in Youth Services (PYS) program presents $3,000 grants to non-profit organizations based in Bucks County. Grants are used to recognize and provide support for selected organizations that are dedicated to help solve community problems, promote a positive impact on local youth, and enhance the quality of the lives of children, youth, and their families.
Application period—July 1st-September 1st.
2. Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG) are offered on a competitive basis to non-profit human services organizations providing services to children and youth in Bucks County. These grants, ranging in value from $10,000 to $15,000, will be awarded to eligible applicants that develop innovative ideas to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and their families.
Letter of Inquiry—October 1, 2020
3. Capital Improvement Grants are offered on a competitive basis to non-profit human service organizations providing services to children and youth in Bucks County. These grants, ranging in value up to $10,000, will be reviewed for capital campaigns including structural improvements to the facility (bricks & mortar, such as new buildings or addition to existing buildings), or extensive renovation or addition of durable equipment to an existing structure.
Letter of Inquiry—October 1, 2020GKV Foundation
Deadline: September 30, 2020 (Letter of Interest)
Letters of Interest: September 30, 2020
The GKV Foundation makes grants for arts education initiatives. The Foundation believes that smartly guided exposure to the arts will positively impact an individual’s intellectual and social skills and ultimately contribute to improving our global home.
They want to encourage and will take a chance on new, yet-to-be-tested initiatives based on a broad range of artistic expressions.
The submission process is a two-step process. The first step is to submit a letter of interest. If the letter of interest appears to match the Foundation’s interest and criteria, they will invite a grant proposal. Applications must be submitted by nonprofit organizations. Fiscal sponsorship arrangements are also eligible.
- September 25-30, 2020, 012:00 EDST — Letters of Interest due for 2021 Grants (see tab “Letters of Interest” for details). Any letters sent prior to September 25 will not be considered.
- October 2020 — 200 Letters of Interest reviewed and 8-10 chosen to submit full proposals
- November 1, 2020— Grant proposals requested from chosen LOIs
- December 1, 2020— Grant proposals due
- December 1-31, 2020 — Grant proposals evaluated and Awardees selected
- January 1-15, 2021— Grant acceptance letters sent out, signed by Grantees, and returned to GKV
- February 1, 2021—Grants awarded (although, by request some monies may be given at a later date)
Livestrong Solution Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Livestrong is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer and rethinking the full range of cancer care. The Livestrong Solution Grants program supports organizations that are developing cutting edge, inventive, and sustainable solutions to overlooked cancer problems. The program’s focus areas and funding priorities include post-treatment care, patient and caregiver education, comprehensive quality of life services, and streamlining systems and care.
The following grant types are offered:
- Livestrong Acceleration Grants provide annual awards between $5,000 and $20,000.
- Livestrong Transformation Grants provide a smaller number of multi-year awards between $25,000 and $100,000.
- The Livestrong Racial Equity Subgrant allocates $50,000 in funding, dedicated to finding lasting solutions that improve the cancer experience for Black Americans.
U.S.-based organizations, including nonprofits, for-profits, educational institutions, and healthcare providers, are eligible to apply. Expressions of interest will be accepted from September 1 through October 16, 2020; finalist applications will be due December 7, 2020. Visit the Livestrong website for information on the funding priorities and application process.
Deadline: September 30, 2020
The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active focused campaign to create systemic change. Consideration is given to projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the next application deadline is September 30, 2020. Visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website to review the funding guidelines.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Deadline: October 1, 2020
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. The Program seeks to enhance the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, develop faculty and library leaders, and recruit, educate, and retain the next generation of library and archives professionals. Project categories include lifelong learning, community catalysts, and national digital infrastructures and initiatives. Phase I applications are due October 2, 2020. The deadline for invited Phase II applications is March 26, 2021.