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.

Foundation Directory Online (free online grants search)

GrantsSpace Informational list (general list of numerous grant resources)


Barra Foundation

Dunkin’Joy Covid-19 Emergency Grants

Foundations Community Partnership

MontCoPA Covid-19 Response Fund

Provident Bank Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Response grants

United Way of Bucks County Covid-19 Recovery Fund

COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL

Santander Charitable Contributions program |  Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance | TD Charitable Foundation: Housing for Everyone | Joseph Robert Foundation | Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency |

Santander Charitable Contributions Program
Deadline: October 15, 2020

Our communities are stronger when we invest in each other. That’s why the Santander Bank, N.A. Charitable Contributions Program donates to charitable organizations in the neighborhoods where our customers and colleagues live and work. We partner with organizations to strengthen low- and moderate-income (LMI) and other underserved communities within our footprint through equity investments, philanthropy, and employee engagement.

Under the ICP, our grantmaking will facilitate partnerships with organizations to focus on the Bank’s primary philanthropic areas of focus:

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI Initiative) – Operating support to increase lending capital or the ability to leverage additional sources of equity or program support to promote impactful programming that meets local community needs.

Economic and Workforce Development – Operating or program support to create, retain, and improve access to jobs and workforce development programs for LMI individuals; business planning and technical assistance services for LMI immigrant, minority, and women-owned small businesses; and loans to LMI-owned businesses and LMI entrepreneurs for early stage start-ups and growing small businesses.

Affordable Housing – Operating or program support to create and preserve affordable housing, including multi-family rental and single-family homeownership projects; provide homebuyer education, post-purchase, and pre-foreclosure counseling; and to protect LMI tenants through policy change, organizing, and advocacy.

Financial Education & Inclusion – Operating or program support to promote prosperity for LMI families and neighborhoods through education and literacy programs addressing a range of budgeting and financial basics, including banking, credit and loans, and identity theft.

General grants are competitive and open to eligible nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations. Average grant size is $30,000. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 and have a one-year term. Some organizations with a demonstrated record of success and a high level of employee engagement with the Bank may be invited to apply for larger grants and/or receive a grant with a multi-year term.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Deadline: October 20, 2020 (Letter of Interest)

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will release the guidelines and begin accepting applications for Project Stream grants on September 1, 2020. The 2019-20 guidelines are available for review.

This program makes competitive grants to individual artists, non-profit organizations and fiscally-sponsored organizations for innovative, community-based arts projects. Projects can include performances, exhibitions, readings or other arts projects in any genre, and must be open to the public.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance administers Project Stream in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties on behalf of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), as a regional partner of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) program.

Funded activities are to take place from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021


In general–Project must be an arts activity, take place in the PPA Partner’s service region and have a public component.

– In some instances, public access to the arts is limited by circumstances beyond the control of the applicant. Examples of this include programs for individuals who are institutionalized, incarcerated, or otherwise unable to access public programs. Applications for projects providing access to the arts in such environments will not be disqualified as a result of the public being unable or not allowed to attend.

  • For profit organizations are ineligible.
  • The applicant, if an individual, must be at least 18 years old.
  • PPA Project Stream applicants may not apply to the following grant programs for the same grant period: PPA Program Stream, PCA AOAP Track, or PCA Entry Track.
  • PPA Project Stream applicants may apply to the following PCA grant programs during the same grant period: Arts in Education Residencies; Preserving Diverse Cultures; and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania’s Professional Development and Consulting.

TD Bank Charitable Foundation: Housing for Everyone
Deadline: October 1, 2020

The TD Charitable Foundation’s 2020 Housing for Everyone grant competition focuses on direct relief and supportive services for renters affected by COVID-19; which will seek to fund programs that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable rental housing units and needed wraparound services for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, Veterans, the disabled, women and youth.

Applications for funding must focus on:

Direct Relief funds and Supportive Services for Tenants/Families: This may include emergency assistance programs operated by the nonprofit organization managing the property to be benefitted by the relief funds, or as an outside organization that facilitates payments directly to the property management company responsible for each unit receiving relief aid.

Emergency assistance programs seeking to prevent families from entering eviction litigation are especially encouraged to apply. Wraparound/case management services designed to help families stay in their homes are also qualifying programs.

Case management services could include (but are not limited to): working with families behind on rental payments to apply for other public benefits, connecting them with sustaining wage job opportunities, referring families to resources related to child care, healthcare, or other components critical to thriving in affordable housing.

All initiatives may benefit from the inclusion of a sustainable energy efficiency component which will be considered in the scoring of the applications.

Interested applicants should review the eligibility guidelines very carefully, as they are detailed.

Joseph Robert Foundation
Deadline: October 30, 2020

The Joseph Robert Foundation makes grants in the following focus areas:
  • Program, project, or general operating support to non-profit organizations that promote/conduct innovative, experimental, community and/or public art programming, primarily in the visual arts.
  • Exhibitions that provide opportunities for emerging or under-recognized artists.
  • Interdisciplinary or collaborative programming that includes a visual arts component.
Animal Welfare
  • Program support and general operating support to animal welfare organizations, including, but not limited to, no-kill shelters, sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation centers, animal adoption centers, and animal protection organizations.
Environment and Sustainable Resources Management
  • Program, research, training and education, and general operating support to environmental organizations that promote sustainable resources management and innovative solutions to environmental problems.
  • Programs and projects that work to protect the environment by addressing climate change, pollution, and the use of land and water resources.
  • Community-based educational environmental initiatives, as well as community-based projects that enhance the quality of urban life through the development of parks and other environmental endeavors.
The Foundation makes general operating grants and/or program/project grants.
Funding is focused in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
The first step is to submit a Letter of Interest. Deadlines for Letters of Interest are April 30 and October 30.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency
Deadline: November 10, 2020

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is accepting applications for Community Violence Prevention/Reduction grants.

The goal of the Community Violence Prevention/Reduction initiative is to reduce violence and improve safety in the communities surrounding each school entity.

The impact of this initiative includes, but is not limited to:

  • An increase in the number of community-based projects aimed at reducing violence (as defined by the applicant in their Statement of Problem section);
  • An increase in collaboration among stakeholders in a community related to improved safety;
  • A reduction in the incidence of violence in a community; and
  • An increase in access to quality trauma-informed support services.

As per Act 44, eligible program activities under this funding announcement must be designed to reduce community violence including:

  1. Increasing access to quality trauma-informed support services and behavioral health care by linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems.
  2. Providing health services and intervention strategies by coordinating the services provided by eligible applicants and coordinated care organizations, public health entities, nonprofit youth service providers and community-based organizations.
  3. Providing mentoring and other intervention models to children and their families who have experienced trauma or are at risk of experiencing trauma, including those who are low-income, homeless, in foster care, involved in the criminal justice system, unemployed, experiencing a mental illness or substance abuse disorder or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping out of an educational institution.
  4. Fostering and promoting communication between the school entity, community and law enforcement.
  1. Program or model designed to reduce community violence and approved by the committee.

As per Act 44, eligible applicants include:

  • Municipalities to include boroughs, townships, towns, and cities;
  • Counties;
  • Institutions of higher education; and
  • Community-based organizations.

Recommended applications will be approved at the January 2021 School Safety and Security Committee meeting, and all projects will have a targeted start date of February 1, 2021.

Applicants must be in good standing with PCCD to be eligible for these funds.

Applicants are not required to have a prior funding history with PCCD to be eligible.