Federal Emergency Grant Opportunities

A listing of emergency federal grant opportunities to help nonprofits recover and respond to the COVID-19 crisis

Billions of CARES Act dollars have been allocated to federal funding agencies to be awarded to nonprofits in the form of emergency grants. We will add new emergency federal grant opportunities as they are announced, so visit this page frequently for updates.

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Ohio

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County announced that $4 million in funding will be made available through the federal CARES Act. $2.7 million is set to be distributed to arts and culture nonprofits through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, with an additional $1.3 million for for-profit performing arts venues and artists to be distributed through Arts Cleveland. Funding will be distributed to nonprofits through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Funding for artists and for-profit performing arts venues will be distributed through Arts Cleveland. Organizations and individuals must be able to show financial losses due to COVID-19.

Deadline: Varies

The State of Ohio Grants Partnership

The State of Ohio Grants Partnership is distributing federal CARES Act funding to a variety of entities, including public libraries, veteran serving organizations, senior centers, local governments, and others.

Deadline: Varies

Warren County Small Business Development Alliance (SBDA)

$1,095,000 in CARES Act funding will be dispersed for small business, non-profit, childcare organizations. The application submission period begins at 9:00 AM on Thursday, October 1, and closes on Saturday, October 31. The SBDA will be reviewing applications and awarding funds based on requirements. 

Deadline: 10/31/2020

Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of the funding is to provide an expedited mechanism for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease is issuing the opportunity in response to the declared public health emergency. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with an expedited review and award basis.

Deadline: 4/29/2021

Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of the funding is to provide an expedited mechanism for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease is issuing the opportunity in response to the declared public health emergency. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with an expedited review and award basis.

Deadline: 4/29/2021

Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

This funding opportunity announcement invites applications to implement and evaluate community interventions testing for 1) the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups; and 2) already implemented, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups. Eligible applicants include nonprofits; institutions of higher education; city, county, state governments; school districts, and small businesses.

Deadline: 12/1/2020

Digital Healthcare Interventions to Address the Secondary Health Effects Related to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19 (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

This funding opportunity announcement aims to support research to strengthen the healthcare response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and future public health emergencies, including pandemics. While research related to the direct clinical effects of COVID-19 are supported by other funding opportunities, the purpose of this funding opportunity is to focus on the role and impact of digital health interventions [e.g., mobile health (mhealth), telemedicine and telehealth, health information technology (IT), and wearable devices] to address access, reach, delivery, effectiveness, scalability and sustainability of health assessments and interventions for secondary effects (e.g., behavioral health or self-management of chronic conditions) that are utilized during and following the pandemic, particularly in populations who experience health disparities and vulnerable populations.

Deadline: 3/2/2021

Institute of Museum and Library Services

New Grant Flexibilities

$30 million of federally appropriated funding provided to IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) will be distributed to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) Funds can be used to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to address digital inclusivity. IMLS will announce additional measures for museums and libraries as federal allocations allow. (Note, per IMLS, museums include, but are not limited to aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children's museums, history museums, historic sites, natural history museums, nature centers, planetariums, science centers, and zoos.

Deadlines: Varies based on state SLAA guidelines

National Science Foundation

Rapid Response Research

The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. The Foundation encourages the research community to respond to the challenge through existing funding opportunities and invites researchers to use the Rapid Response Research funding mechanism to submit proposals for up to $200,000 and up to one year in duration.

Deadline: N/A

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Discretionary Grant Flexibility

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is allowing flexibility for grant recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to COVID-19. Grantees have the flexibility to re-budget up to 25% (max of $250,000) of their current budget as long as the activities are allowable under the contract. Re-budgeting beyond this amount requires grantees to submit a post-award amendment request.

Deadline: N/A

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