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COVID-19 Prevention & Response Fund

Read the press release about the fund in:
English | Chinese  | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese

Overview

The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Fund is a community-led effort to invest in neighborhood-based solutions to urgent needs related to COVID-19. The Fund ultimately seeks to increase rates of vaccinations in communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and to address the challenges exacerbated as a result of the pandemic.

The Fund uses a participatory, trust-based philanthropy approach to lower barriers to entry for groups that are often excluded from traditional grant opportunities in order to fund neighborhood-based solutions to urgent challenges (exacerbated by the pandemic) in communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. To ensure the funding process was inclusive and accessible to smaller organizations and informal groups, Community Investment Advisors made recommendations on how to establish the Funds priorities, eligibility, and reporting and management criteria, as well as how to shape a streamlined grant process and make equitable decisions on how dollars are allocated. This group was comprised of people who are living and working in the community, representing Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Beyond grant dollars, we are also partnering with the City of Philadelphia’s Philly Counts office, which will support grantees and cultivate a community of practice. Philly Counts will provide information, training and resource materials as well as logistical and operational support that will allow Fund recipients to maximize their efforts, and leverage every dollar, to raise awareness in communities about COVID-19 and increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Community Investment Advisors will continue to advise Philanthropy Network staff on funding criteria and granting priorities. Oversight and management for the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Fund will be coordinated by Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.

► To make a donation to the Fund, contact Shira Hodges, or send a check, made payable to Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, to:

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
230 S Broad Street, Suite 402
Philadelphia, PA 19102
MEMO: COVID-19 Prevention & Response Fund

Community Investment Advisors

Our deep appreciation to these individuals for who are leading the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Fund:

Pastor Aldo Siahaan (South Philadelphia)
Aleasha Redden-Revell (Chester)
Ana Santoyo (Norristown)
Ann M. Doley (Germantown)
Bill Kaplan (Upper Darby)
Eliezer Vila, Norris Square Community Alliance (Kensington)
Gilberto Gonzalez, Community College of Philadelphia (Kensington/North Philadelphia)
Jacqueline Williams, LA21 CDC  (West Philadelphia)
Joe Podsiedlak  (Tacony)           
John Johnson III, Chester Innovations Community Services, Inc. (Chester City)         
Marina Lipkovskaya, New World Association (Far Northeast Philadelphia)
Marypat Tracy, Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN) (North and West Philadelphia)          
Minnie McNeil, WC Atkinson Memorial Community Services Center (Coatesville)
Sonya Carroll, Backyard Diamonds  (North Philadelphia)
Yvonne Platts, Norristown New Life (Norristown)

 

Grant Guidelines, Process & Eligibility

Due to the overwhelming number of applications we received for the initial round of funding, first-round applications have closed as of 5:00 PM on Monday, April 19th.  The next round of funding will open for applications on Thursday, June 3rd. 

 

Funding Priorities

Applicants must address at least one of the following areas:

1. In-depth education on COVID-19 prevention, vaccine safety and effectiveness, hesitancy and resistance 
2. Supporting those with barriers gaining access to vaccinations
3. Providing resources, services and vaccine information to those communities experiencing financial, physical and mental health challenges due to or made worse by  COVID-19 
4. COVID-19 related outreach, educational, and event promotion campaigns to better inform and activate the community  

CLICK HERE FOR EXAMPLES of activities that might fall under each priority category.

Guidelines

The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to support communities with education and outreach related to COVID-19. Funding will prioritize these specific communities in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties:


The Fund will accept applications from 501(c)(3) organizations, businesses and individuals working in the designated communities in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia and counties. Funds will be distributed as general operating support grants, and will be awarded based on activities that provide direct relief to communities located in priority funding areas and towards projects addressing the funding priorities.  All applications will be reviewed and funding decisions made based on alignment with criteria set by the Community Investment Advisors. 

  • Grants for community-based organizations |Organizations may request grants ranging from $3,000 - $25,000 and must complete a simple application.  Grants for organizations with budgets greater than $2.5 million will be capped at $15,000 and will be accepted by invitation only. 

  • Grants for Businesses | Businesses may request grants of $3,000 - $15,000 and will be accepted by invitation only.

  • Grants for individuals | Individuals may request grants up to $3,000 and will be accepted by invitation only. 

See below for PDFs of the grant applications. As a reminder, in order to support grassroots community efforts that leverage existing networks, the Fund will issue an open invitation to nonprofit organizations with budgets under $2.5 million; individuals, businesses, and nonprofits with a budget over $2.5 million must be invited to apply.

Eligibility

All applicants must serve one or more of the communities listed above. Your program must address one or more of these priority areas:

  • In-depth education on COVID-19 prevention, vaccine safety and effectiveness, hesitancy and resistance 
  • Supporting those with barriers gaining access to vaccinations
  • Providing resources, services and vaccine information to those communities experiencing financial, physical and mental health challenges due to or made worse by COVID-19 
  • COVID-19 related outreach, educational, and event promotion campaigns to better inform and activate the community  

2. Your program must serve one or more of the following populations:

  • Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander 
  • Black or African American
  • Elderly
  • Homeless
  • Immigrant and refugees
  • Hispanic/Latinx/Latino/Latina
  • Low-income
  • Native/First Nation
  • Other People of Color 
  • People currently incarcerated
  • People in other congregate living situations
  • People struggling with addiction and/or with mental illness
  • People with disabilities
  • People re-entering the community
  • Youth and young adults

3. You must have a track record of community engagement and trust.

4. You must be willing to work with Philly Counts who will provide access to educational materials and trainings.


Process & Timing

First round applications are closed as of 5:00 PM on April 19th. By April 29th, all first round applicants will have received an email acknowledgement from Philanthropy Network staff. For approved applicants, funds will be distributed as soon as your signed agreement is received by Philanthropy Network.

PLEASE NOTE: If we aren't able to fund you in this round, your application will be moved over to the next round in June. We will let you know if this happens. 


Timetable: 
Future rounds are dependent on funding available and may change due to limited funds raised. No funding will be held for future rounds, as soon as we have secured funding it will be distributed during the funding round. Note: We are leaving one month between funding opportunities so we can refine the process and adjust priorities based on community need.

How to Apply 

Due to the overwhelming number of applications we received for the initial round of funding, first-round applications have closed as of 5:00 PM on Monday, April 19th.  The next round of funding will open for applications on Thursday, June 3rd. 

Open Invitation to Apply

  • Community based organizations with operating budgets UNDER $2.5 million
    To review the application before submission, please see a PDF version in:
    English | Chinese  | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese
     

Application by Invitation Only (You must be invited by a Community Investment Advisor or Philly Counts)

Ways to Apply

We have provided a few different ways for you to apply for this grant. Please pick the one that works best for you. You will have the ability to pick an option once you start the application process.

  • Online submission
  • Phone submission – One of our team members will call to ask you the questions on the written application, we will take notes and use this as your submission.
  • Video submission – Record yourself answering the questions on the written application.
  • Written submission – We will provide you with the word document of the application. You are welcome to hand write your submission and return to us.
     

Questions?

Contact Shira Hodges at shira@philanthropynetwork.org.