News April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund updates and latest round of crisis response grants

People and organizations across our community are stepping up to help those in need during this unprecedented time. Since the launch of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund on March 18, more than $6 million has been raised from 41 different corporate, civic and philanthropic partners – including nearly $300,000 in contributions from individuals and families across the region. Since our last update on March 27, new funding partners include:

  • Dollar Bank
  • JoAnn and Bob Glick
  • Huntington Bank
  • Mullin, Shank & Rehak Family
  • Robin and Jon H. Outcalt Jr.
  • The Stone Family Fund in memory of Lael Stone, M.D.

Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the fund via, where you can also view a list of partners to date. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Latest round of crisis response grants announced

The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund coalition announced today its second round of weekly grants to support the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community, which is facing unprecedented challenges during the ongoing pandemic. In total, $1.18 million was awarded to 17 organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. The significant grantmaking total this week is an effort to help organizations slow the rate of infection and flatten the COVID-19 curve now by immediately addressing the basic needs of residents throughout the region. Future weekly grant amounts may not mirror this same level of investment. This week’s grants include:

Learn about the grants to these organizations and groups here. The partners plan to continue to make grants once a week through June, with the potential to extend grant opportunities as needed and as additional funding resources become available through new partners joining the effort.

How to request support from the Rapid Response Fund

Frontline nonprofits that have pressing needs related to the COVID-19 crisis response should email to receive more information about the streamlined funding process. The funding collaborative will continue to identify potential grantee partners, solicit guidance on proposed projects from community advisors, and recommend final awards. Organizations that have already submitted funding requests will remain in consideration for future grant distributions until further notice.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. The partners are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.

Learn more about the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund’s purpose, priorities and grantmaking process here.


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