The COVID-19 pandemic has created a health crisis compounded by an economic contraction, resulting in mass layoffs, small business closures and unemployment. Meanwhile, many charities are experiencing increased demand for frontline services. They may need to hire more staff and adapt programming or adopt new safety measures in the short term. There is an immediate and unprecedented need to support community organizations over the next six months as they rise to new challenges.
Recognizing these exceptional circumstances, McConnell is launching a $750,000 COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.
It will 1) provide short-term support for community organizations facing increased demands, and 2) help organizations respond to new opportunities during the first few months of the pandemic and recovery period.
We will be accepting applications from May 5, 2020. We intend to have this emergency fund open for one month, but the duration of the granting window will be based on the timing of quality applications received. All applicants must submit applications through our dedicated Fluxx portal.
- Grant size: Up to $75,000.
- Duration: The project must be completed within six months of receiving the grant.
- Timing: Applicants will be informed regarding the Foundation’s decision (approval or declination) within 30 days of submitting a proposal.
Projects in this granting program should demonstrate the following to be eligible for funding:
- Timely and urgent: Projects must respond to increased demand for services or an opportunity created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout.
- Opportunity for impact: The project’s desired outcomes will positively affect the organization’s ability to meet community needs.
Funding will NOT be provided for:
- Ongoing support for existing programs (i.e. the grant should reflect needing to increase capacity for extraordinary operations)
- Capital investments
- Previously planned or long-term campaigns
- Emergency operating deficits
- Food security related proposals
- The Foundation has committed ~$1.5M to food security in response to the COVID-19 crisis (see latest grants here). We are looking to support other types of emergency response efforts at this time.
- If you have an emergency food security related proposal, please review your eligibility for support from the Federal Government’s Emergency Community Support Fund (click here for details) or other funders who are supporting this cause.