The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Program has been activated to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so. Please follow the links below to learn about eligibility guidelines and to apply for help as a Franklin County nonprofit organization.
Who is eligible for assistance?
Franklin County nonprofits are eligible to apply and receive support. For more detailed information on eligibility, please refer to the following guidelines: ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES.
To apply, complete an online application.
If you have questions about applying for assistance through the Emergency Response Fund at The Columbus Foundation, see the FAQ below, or email or call 614/251-4000.
FAQs for Nonprofit Organizations
The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund has been activated to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so. Applications that detail and document unexpected loss of revenue and/or unexpected increases in expenses directly related to the Coronavirus may be submitted. Grants from the fund will likely only serve to assist and supplement towards the total dollar amount realized—and should not be expected to supplant or replace in entirety.
Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis. We anticipate accepting applications into the foreseeable future, as the impact to the community becomes better known. We understand the urgency amid the response to our community, and will be expeditious in our review and communication of a decision.
No. Grants will be dependent on organizational need—both in terms of financial impact and impact towards mission.
This is a fluid grants process, as is the situation. At this time, priority may be given to applicants that are able to demonstrate budgetary need, in actual terms. Requests for emergency funding addressing Coronavirus’ direct impact resulting in unexpected loss of revenue and/or unexpected increases in expenses should be specifically related to the organization’s mission, service delivery, and/or core functions.
We will be prioritizing health and human services organizations. As such, we are not likely to award additional grants through the Emergency Response Fund to arts organizations receiving general operating support from The Columbus Foundation’s 2020 arts grantmaking. While there is not a prohibition on arts organizations applying, consideration will be given to whether the applying organization already is receiving timely and generous support from the Foundation at this challenging time.
Click the link to see the current list of approved grants from the Emergency Relief Fund. The Columbus Foundation will be updating the list periodically as grants are approved.