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Emergency Response Fund Grants

Updated January 13, 2020


About the Fund

The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund was activated on Monday, March 9,​ to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations as they assist those in our community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Within a week of launching the fund, grants were already being deployed to help nonprofits support the most vulnerable in our community. As of December 18, 2020, the Emergency Response Fund has granted more than $7 million to 189 Franklin County nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit organizations in Franklin County who have been directly affected and are responding to the spread of COVID-19 in the community can apply for financial help.


Provide a financial gift to help Franklin County nonprofits organizations in our community affected by Coronavirus.


List of Grants


Action for Children: to support IT hardware and software to allow remote work as the organization delivers TA, and for the pandemic childcare interactive map.


Action for Children: to provide subsidies for an estimated 20 Franklin County families using pandemic childcare centers.


Advocating Opportunity: to provide legal and social supports to central Ohio victims of human trafficking.

AECOM: to support a countywide broadband infrastructure assessment, as well as a feasibility analysis of the Near East Side to identify implementable solutions to the digital divide.


Africentric Personal Development Shop: to provide technology hardware and software and to support staffing for services delivered remotely.


Alvis, Inc.: Alvis to hire a second case manager in the After Alvis Program to work with moms in recovery and their children. 


American Red Cross: to support increased staffing and supplies for blood drives.


American Red Cross: to provide COVID-19 antibody testing of all donated blood in Franklin County over a period of four months.


ARC Industries, Inc.: to support increased expenses of personal protective equipment, increased pickup and delivery costs for essential supplies at residences, and virtual connections.


Asian American Community Services: to support increased staff time, transportation, meals, academic supplies, PPE, and cleaning supplies.


At Home by High: to allow staff and volunteers to continue to meet the needs of the seniors. A second grant to provide 30 Chromebooks for seniors and continue to support staffing.


Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio: to provide additional telephones and telephone lines so employees can work remotely and to provide supplies and support services to families needing to be quarantined.


Bottoms Up Diaper Drive: to purchase diapers and baby wipes as demand increases and donations decrease.


The Breathing Association: to provide Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification training online rather than in person.  


The Buckeye Ranch: to support several apartments at My Place to house youth identified by Star House as medically compromised or who have a newborn.


Cancer Support Community Central Ohio: to continue programming virtually.


Catalyst for Columbus: to support 21 Learning Extension Centers throughout Columbus, in partnership with I Know I Can.


Catholic Social Services: to purchase technology needed to provide services remotely, meet the increased demand for food, and keep all agencies programs operational.


Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD): to support technology needs in the counseling and wellness center allowing for telehealth services.


Center for Employment Opportunities Inc.: to provide services remotely.


Central Community House: to support youth programming, technology purchases for youth, increased hours for van drivers, increased staff hours replacing volunteers, and direct client assistance.


Central Community House: to provide emergency financial assistance to families, and to hire a part-time temporary staff member to handle the increased need for financial assistance.


Central Ohio Youth for Christ: to purchase personal protective equipment for staff and clients.


Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio: to support additional short-term professional staff, to purchase medication, protective equipment, and thermometers, to temporarily install two tents for triage.


Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio: Funds will be used to cover additional staffing, extra medication needed to fill ahead as described above, and materials


Children’s Hunger Alliance: to purchase approximately 8,000 additional shelf-stable meals for children normally reached through afterschool programs or school feeding programs.


City Year Columbus: to purchase food for core members and to provide the education stipend that was promised.


City Year Columbus: to supporting staffing, AmeriCorps members, PPE, educational materials, IT needs, and food and hygiene.


Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center: to support food, household and personal necessities, and an emergency fund.


Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center: to purchase food and support emergency assistance.


Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio: to support the COHHIO Pandemic Emergency Fund, with funding targeted towards emergency shelters in central Ohio counties experiencing increased sheltering costs due to COVID-19.


College Mentors for Kids: to support salaries and benefits for individuals implementing online programming.


Colony Cats: to cover rent, utilities, and vet bills while adoptions are down, supporting this volunteer-run organization humanely care for cats in its care.


Columbus Center for Human Services, Inc.: to support health screenings of staff, deep sanitization, and isolation units.


Columbus Coalition for the Homeless: to staff and operate daytime warming centers during the winter months when homeless individuals are in danger staying outside.


Columbus Colony Elderly Care: to purchase food, personal protective equipment, and technology.


Columbus Early Learning Centers: to install room barriers, and to purchase portable wash stations and personal protective equipment.


Columbus Fashion Initiative dba Columbus Fashion Alliance: to purchase sewing machines, chairs, and cutting tables so that local tailors can make masks for distribution locally.


The Columbus Foundation: to support purchase of PPE for medical and first responders and nonprofit providers.


The Columbus Foundation: to support the conversion of Middle West Spirits product production to create and distribute sanitizer to shelters and EMS.


The Columbus Foundation: to support the broadband access research and overlay mapping project with AECOM.


The Columbus Foundation: to support the COVID Alliance Education Fund to support a public awareness campaign around the importance to wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and other simple strategies everyone can take to stay healthy.


The Columbus Foundation (Columbus City Schools Education Foundation II Fund (#3229)): to acknowledge graduating seniors.


Columbus Housing Partnership Inc dba Homeport: to support an emergency fund to provide assistance to tenants in meeting basic living expenses.


Columbus Metropolitan Club: to support livestreaming of the programs.


Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation: to purchase an additional 30 laptops to permit an additional 30 staff members to offer virtual programming.


Columbus Speech and Hearing Center: to provide telehealth services.


Columbus Urban League: to strengthen and increase service delivery including staffing, technology, and communications.


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: to purchase personal protective equipment.


Communities in Schools of Central Ohio: to meet the needs of students and families via mobile hotspots, school supplies, cleaning supplies, and gas and grocery gift cards.


Community Development for All People: to support the purchase of shelf-stable foods and other food items needed in the market.


Community Housing Network, Inc.: to support software and hardware needs for staff working remotely and to support increased need for sanitization of communal living areas.


Community Refugee & Immigration Services: to maintain legal staff, support IT costs of remote/video communication, and to fund interpreting costs.


Community Shelter Board: to support shelter for isolation and quarantine and to support de-concentration facilities.


CompDrug: to increase staff to meet demand and safety protocols, to purchase medical supplies for staff and patients (lockboxes), and to construct safe distancing improvements to the facility.


Cornerstone of Hope: to maintain professional staff who are providing services via telehealth technology to meet grief counseling needs now and in the near future.


Council on American-Islamic Relations Ohio: to support increased staffing costs associated with providing legal support to families during the pandemic.


Cristo Rey Columbus High School: to support three months of internet hotspots for 40 students.


Cultivate CDC: to purchase items for family resource bags and to fulfill emergency requests.


Deaf Services Center, Inc.: to support technology needed to conduct remote interpreting services and to support staffing.


Directions for Youth & Families: to support staff time to maintain telephone contact with the vulnerable population served.


Disability Rights Ohio: to support the continuation of the special education fellow during this time when demand is increasing



Dreams on Horseback: to care for the horses during the pandemic when services are not being offered or revenue received.


Dublin Food Pantry: to purchase food and to replace a refrigerator.

Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI): to support the purchase of IT hardware and software so services can be delivered remotely.


Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS): to support technology needed to deliver services remotely.


Focusing Philanthropy Inc/Per Scholas: to provide IT hardware and software to provide services virtually.


Form5 Prosthetics: to purchase two 3-D printers and supplies so that the organization can print reusable face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.

Freedom a la Cart: to support counseling for survivors and meals for survivors and children.


Fugees Family Inc: to provide emergency funds for families with basic needs and to support food assistance for under-resourced refugee students and their families, as the need has increased due to the pandemic.


Furniture Bank of Central Ohio: to provide emergency funding to keep the Furniture for Families warehouse open while the social enterprises are closed and not generating revenue.


Gahanna Residents in Need: to provide meals to Gahanna students over spring break when the school system is not able to.


Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland: to support a backpack program distributing family activities and snacks to Girl Scouts living in underserved communities.


Godman Guild Association: to support the purchase of IT hardware and software for staff and clients, and to provide personal protective


Goodwill Columbus: to allow services to be delivered in clients’ homes.


Goodwill Industries of Central Ohio Inc.: to provide SHARE Mobility Solutions transportation for 101 employees for June for clients of Goodwill, Star

House, Columbus Works, and Freedom a la Carte, while COTA is on a reduced schedule.


Goodwill Industries of Central Ohio Inc.: to continue to cover SHARE transportation expenses for four additional weeks for employees of Goodwill’s janitorial service.

Greater Columbus Arts Council: to support the emergency relief fund for Franklin County artists.


GroundWork group: to pilot NeighborRelief, an online platform allowing residents to pay phone, rent, or utility bills for neighbors.


Habitat for Humanity MidOhio: to provide pre-default counseling, referral services, temporarily modified mortgage payments, and payments of the escrow portion of the mortgage payments.


Harm Reduction Ohio: to distribute Naloxone to central Ohio residents.


Healthy Worthington Resource Center: to support increased demand for food.


HEART Food Pantry: to purchase food to meet the increasing need and to support the need for onsite police officers to manage

traffic flow.


Heinzerling Community: to purchase personal protective equipment and to provide increased cleaning and sanitization.


Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center: to provide telephone support to patients.


Hilliard Community Assistance Council: to purchase food.


The Homeless Families Foundation: to support increased food purchases, baby supplies, and emergency assistance for families.


Human Services Chamber of Franklin County: to support discounted legal services for member organizations.


I Am Boundless: to cover telehealth hardware and software.


I Know I Can: to purchase technology for staff and students, provide emergency funding for students, and increase summer staffing to help assure student successfully enroll in college in the fall.


IMPACT Community Action: to purchase technology hardware and software.


IMPACT Community Action: to support the HOPE Fund to further aid in housing stability and eviction prevention.


Independents' Day: to feed workers in the service industry.


Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus: to support the J Sustainability Fund, and in particular to support expanded distribution of kosher meals, to facilitate online programming, and to support regular telephone contact with participants over the age of 65.


Jewish Family Services: to expand counseling, case management, and service navigation, and to provide emergency financial

assistance, particularly for Rwandan and Congolese households.


Joseph's Coat of Central Ohio: to purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.


Kaleidoscope Youth Center: to provide virtual programming and to continue to support youth living in the residential units.


Kindway: to provide direct support to those leaving prison.


KIPP Columbus: to provide emergency funding to families struggling to meet basic needs.


Legal Aid Society of Columbus: to maintain staff attorneys so that increased demand can be met and to support continued eviction support for tenants through the Tenant Advocacy Program.  


LifeCare Alliance: to allow the organization to increase the number of home-delivered meals it provides.


LifeTown Columbus: to support virtual and “to-go” programming to continue to serve the students.


Local Matters: to support distribution of healthy locally sourced food during the pandemic.


Lower Lights Ministries: to support occupancy costs of those in the organization’s house who have lost wages and to support food and essential supplies for area residents.


The LunchBox Ohio: to feed 100 families for several weeks.


Lutheran Social Services: to support staff retention efforts for front line staff.


Lutheran Social Services (x2): to further support staff retention efforts for front line staff.


Mental Health America of Ohio: to provide remote services amidst the increased demand.


Mental Health America of Ohio: to acquire HeyPeers, an online platform designed for virtual peer-to-peer mental health support.


Military Veterans Resource Center: to provide food, hygiene products, baby products, personal protective equipment, and to install an existing walk-in cooler.


Muslim Family Services of Ohio: to meet increased demand for rental assistance and food, and to increase staff time to meet the demand.


My Project USA: to support purchase of food, diapers, formula, and other household needs.


National Church Residences: to aid the permanent supportive housing programs, to purchase food, to provide educational information to residents, and other items needed to keep residents and staff healthy.


National Church Residences Foundation: to support the Post Acute Regional Rapid Testing Program, a partnership for local nursing homes and assisted living facilities to securing COVID-19 testing and other needed support.


Neighborhood Services Inc.: to purchase a larger variety of shelf stable items and personal cleaning items to distribute to our neighbors, pantry cleaning supplies and pay our rent and utilities.


Neighborhood Services Inc.:to upgrade computer systems and to install a new door, both of which will better serve the client caseload.


Nellies Champions for Kids: to provide direct support to families of pediatric cancer patients.


New Directions Career Center: to maintain staff who are now providing service via a digital platform.


NNEMAP Food Pantry: to purchase and deliver food.


North Central Mental Health Services: to cover increased costs related to telehealth services.


Ohio Living Foundation: to cover staffing shortages (due to staff being quarantined) and to cover added expenses for meals.


Ohio Wildlife Center: to purchase animal food and medical supplies.


OhioGuidestone: to support telehealth hardware and software.


OhioHealth Foundation: to provide 100 care kits for patients discharged from the hospital.


OhioHealth Foundation: to support a medical respite program operated in partnership with Faith Mission.


Our Helpers: to support a new part-time staff position to handle increasing calls for assistance.


Philanthropy Ohio: to support a coordinated, strategic approach among schools, the State of Ohio, business, community partners, and philanthropy to address immediate education needs of students and families related to the COVID-19 crisis. 90 percent of this funding is to be dedicated to central Ohio.


Pink Ribbon Girls: to increase the number of meals provided to local breast cancer patients and to provide free rides to treatment.


POINT Global: to create and execute a marketing and recruitment plan to source young, low-risk volunteers for essential nonprofits.


Rebuilding Together dba Modcon Living: to keep the tool library open and lending.


The Refuge: to provide uninterrupted services to the men’s and women’s long-term substance abuse treatment programs during this time when the residents are unemployed.


Rickenbacker Military Families: to provide support to military families.


Ronald McDonald House Charities: to support meals for families and to hire additional environmental service staff to maintain hospital standards for sanitization. These expenses are a direct result of volunteers, many of whom elderly, cancelling shifts. 


Ruling Our Experiences (ROX): to revise the curriculum and launch an online platform to deliver this curriculum.


The Salvation Army: to purchase food and gift cards (for those with special dietary needs).


Short North Alliance: to support Short North small businesses that are struggling during the pandemic.


Smart Columbus: to work with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to send information to 2,000 tenants facing evictions, educating them about how to take advantage of the eviction moratorium.

South Side Early Learning: to support emergency funds for families and staff and to support Care Kits for families.


Southeast Inc.: to support IT for telehealth for health and mental health services, medical and sanitization supplies, nicotine replacement medications for epi-pens for homeless individuals in quarantine and isolation shelters.


Special Olympics Ohio: to provide virtual programming for athletes with special needs.


St. Stephen's Community House: to meet the increasing need for emergency food assistance.


St. Vincent de Paul St. Lawrence Haven: to cover food, packaging, cleaning supplies, staffing costs, and building security.


St. Vincent Family Center: to purchase IT hardware and software to deliver telehealth, to support isolation and quarantine rooms, to purchase PPE and cleaning supplies for the residential facility, and to cover staff salaries, while unable to bill for services. 


St. Vincent Family Center: to cover staff salaries, while unable to bill for services.


Star House: to support staff retention efforts for front line staff.


Stonewall Columbus: to partially compensate for lost event revenue, so that the organization can maintain operations and continue to serve the LGBTQ community.


Student Success Stores: to support hygiene kits, rental of a warehouse, staffing, and transportation to meet the increased needs.


Syntero, Inc.: to cover operational costs so employees can provide service via telephone and video conferencing.


Third and Goal Foundation: to expand holiday programming “Operation Joy” to serve 50 homeless veterans and 15 veteran families.


United Negro College Fund: to provide emergency grants to UNCF scholarship recipients, helping to assure they get both “to and through” college.


United Schools Network, Inc.: to purchase and distribute laptops to students for remote learning.


Upper Arlington Education Foundation: to provide summertime breakfasts and lunches for students qualifying for free and reduced price meals.


US Together, Inc.: to support IT expenses and to support personnel who are working remotely.


Victory Ministries: to purchase food and to keep the pantry operational. YMCA of Central Ohio to provide essential services.


The Village Network: to provide computers for 20 youth who need virtual counseling.


Voicecorps Reading Service: to purchase tablets, microphones headsets, and apps so that volunteers can read/record from home because sensitive recording equipment is nearly impossible to sanitize.


Volunteers of America: to cover staff overtime and technology improvements in the emergency shelter and supportive housing.


Welcome Warehouse: to distribute personal care items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant) to an estimated 6,500 youth receiving meals at Dublin City Schools’ Grab-n-Go breakfast and lunch.


Westerville Area Resource Ministry: to purchase food and supplies.


Westerville Area Resource Ministry: to support the food pantry and the employment program.


Westside Free Store Ministries: to provide additional meals, hygiene supplies, and emergency clothing.


WOSU Public Media: to cover COVID-19 programming, including Spanish-language translation, distance education, and storytelling; and to support WOSU Classroom: free programming for students, parents, and educators.


YMCA of Central Ohio: to provide essential services and to support the operation of childcare centers during the pandemic.  

YWCA Columbus: to keep essential services, operational, including emergency family shelter, permanent supportive housing, and pandemic childcare.


Download the list of grants.