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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Department of Agriculture

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

Nonprofits, Independent School Districts, Institutions of Higher Education, and State and Local Governments are eligible to apply for grants up to $1 million to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. This opportunity has been supplemented with an additional $25 million from the CARES Act.

Deadline: 7/13/2020

Agricultural and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program

The program supports grants in six priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture, including plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition, and health; bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities. Rapid response to COVID-19 impacts across food and agricultural systems was recently added to this opportunity.

Deadline: 6/4/2020

Department of Education

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Institutions of higher education are eligible to receive formula-based funds to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Institutions must sign and return a Certificate of Funding and Agreement through Grants.gov to receive immediate access to the funds.

Deadline: 9/30/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities; Other Minority Service Institutions; Institutions eligible for the Strengthening Institutions Program

Historically Black Colleges and Institutions, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, other Minority Serving Institutions, and institutions eligible for the Strengthening Institutions Program that received less than $500,000 under other parts of Section 18004 will be prioritized to receive additional funds to increase their total award amount to $500,000. In order to access funds, eligible institutions must sign and submit a certification agreement through grants.gov. The department anticipates a small amount of funding to remain after bringing eligible applicants up to this threshold. The remaining funds (an estimated $15 million) will be distributed through a competitive grant program which is expected to be published in the coming weeks.

Deadline: 8/1/2020

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education: Education Stabilization Fund - Rethink K-12 Education Models Discretionary Grant Program

Eligible applicants are SEAs. The purpose of the grants program is to provide support through discretionary grants to State Educational Agencies in states with the highest coronavirus burden to address specific educational needs of students, parents, and teachers in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in accordance with section 18001(a)(3) of the CARES Act. Deadline for notice of intent to apply is May 19, 2020.

Deadline: 6/29/2020

Department of Health and Human Services

Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees and Delegate Agencies: Summer Program Supplement in Response to COVID-19

Funds are availablet to help Head Start programs operate supplemental summer programs for a portion of Head Start children who would otherwise not be served over the summer. Funding will be awarded to existing Head Start grantees that can demonstrate the capacity to delivery high-quality summer learning experiences to promote school readiness and a successful transition to kindergarten. Applications are expected to be available in the Head Start Enterprise System in late April.

Deadline: 7/13/2020

Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees and Delegate Agencies: One-Time Activities in Response to COVID-19

Approximately $250 million is available for Head Start grantees to propose and provide a wide range of one-time, specific actions or activities in response to COVID-19. Each grantee is eligible to apply for a proportionate amount based on their total funded enrollment.

Deadline: 5/15/2020

National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

The Office of Minority Health is offering a funding opportunity to support the development and coordination of a national-state/territorial/tribal-local network of public and community-based organizations that will disseminate COVID-19 related information; effective repsonse, recovery and resilience strategies; and ensure service linkages for racial and ethnic minority, rural, and disadvantaged communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. One award is expected to be made in the amount of $10 million to $22 million.

Deadline: 5/11/2020

Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure - COVID-19 Supplemental

The funding opportunity will support state health departments in their response to COVID-19. Potential work under this supplemental funding opportunity may include providing guidance and community engagement on safe practices for disinfection for home, school and early learning education centers; conducting environmental assessments; establishing and promoting plans and policies for addressing environmental impacts; and strengthening partnerships among the environmental, epidemiological, and laboratory responses. This funding is only available to organizations that received funding under Component 1 of CDC-RFA-TS20-2001.

Deadline: 5/8/2020

Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Evaluate Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19

Funds are available to grantees holding active AHRQ awards. Grantees can request competitive revisions to meet immediate needs that help address timely health system and healthcare professional response to COVID-19. Proposed projects must support dissemination of comparative clinical effectiveness research findings or the training of researchers in the methods used to conduct such research.

Deadline: 5/31/2020

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

Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response

Eligible applicants include Native American tribal governments and Native American tribal organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding at least $40,000,000 under this funding opportunity to strengthen the tribal public health system to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities in response to COVID-19.

Deadline: 5/31/20

COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting proposals to support state and communities with preventing suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older. Recognizing domestic violence as a serious risk and factor that may lead to suicide attempts, SAMHSA is requiring applicants to allocate a minimum of 25% of funding to support this population. Eligible applicants include state government agencies, community-based primary care or behavioral healthcare organizations, public health agencies, community-based service providers able to meet psychiatric and psychosocial needs of clients, emergency departments, and federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations.

Deadline: 5/22/2020

Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (R01)

This opportunity invites R01 grant applications for funding to support novel, high-impact studies evaluating the responsiveness of healthcare delivery systems, healthcare professionals, and the overall U.S. healthcare system to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality is interested in funding critical research focused on evaluating topics such as effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19; the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic; understanding how the response to COVID-19 affected socially vulnerable populations and people with multiple chronic conditions; and digital healthcare including innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telehealth in response to COVID-19.

Deadline: 6/15/2020

NIH Directors Emergency Transformative Research Awards (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

This opportunity solicits applications responsive only to the COVID-19 public health emergency through support of the CARES Act. The award program supports individual scientists or groups of scientists with projects demonstrating a compelling potential to produce a major impact on COVID-19 prevention, preparation, or response. Any relevant area of research is encouraged, including behavioral/social science research, research on health disparities, novel therapeutics, and other related topics.

Deadline: 9/30/2020

Department of Defense

Newton Award for Transformative Ideas During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The award will be presented to a single investigator or team of up to two investigators that develops a transformative idea to resolve challenges, advance frontiers, and set new paradigms in areas of immense potential benefit to the Department of Defense and the nation at large. Approximately 10 grants between $10,000 and $100,000 will be awarded.

Deadline: 5/15/2020

Environmental Protection Agency

State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) / COVID-19 Projects

The US Environmental Protection Agency is re-opening the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and making funds available for US States, Territories, Tribal Governments, and local governments to propose projects focusing on COVID-19 and other areas as identified in the opportunity announcement. The SEJCA program provides funding to eligible entities to work collaboratively with underserved communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and/or the environment in those communities.

Deadline:6/30/2020

Federal Communications Commission

COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Grants of up to $1 million will be awarded to health care providers to fund telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services. $200 million is available and will be distributed to eligible applicants until the funds are fully expended.

Deadline: 9/30/2020

Health Resources and Services Administration

Rural Tribal COVID-19 Response

Grants of up to $300,000 are available for tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and health service providers to tribes serving rural communities at risk for COVID-19. The program will provide funding to assist tribes with activities such as establishing testing sites, purchasing test kits, implementing telehealth strategies/activities, purchasing personal protective equipment and other supplies, and hiring and/or training health care providers and other health care personnel to provide care for patients with COVID-19.

Deadline: 5/6/2020

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

CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

The goal of the funding opportunity is to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future COVID-19 needs of the communities and audiences they serve. Eligible entities must be a museum entity or library entity as defined in the funding notice. Funding can be used for preserving jobs, staff training and development, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement.

Deadlines: 6/12/2020

CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services

The goal of the funding opportunity is to assist Indian Tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future COVID-19 needs of the Native American and Native Hawaiian communities they serve. Funding can be used for preserving jobs, staff training and development, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement.

Deadlines: 6/12/2020

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA CARES Act FY2020

Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. All applicants must be previous National Endowment for the Arts award recipients from the past four years (fiscal year 2017-2020).

Deadline: 4/22/2020

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations

NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by coronavirus. Grants will be awarded to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of the coronavirus pandemic.

Deadline: 5/11/2020

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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