COVID-19 Community Response Fund

As Broome County residents, we have overcome many difficult situations together over the years: natural disasters, man-made disasters, economic emergencies—but nothing quite like the health emergency we face today.

We’re facing unprecedented challenges in our community as we confront the COVID-19 emergency—and it’s important we do it together. United Way of Broome County is proud to join and serve the COVID-19 Community Response Fund Alliance, a funder collaborative of foundations and United Way working to ensure that those hit hardest by this pandemic will receive assistance as quickly as possible, through grants administered to community-based organizations. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to community-based organizations working to help those affected by COVID-19. 

Even as we confront uncertainty and volatility, together with you, we will LIVE UNITED to support our community. As Broome County residents, we have a history of coming together to take care of one another. And we always emerge stronger than before.


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The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a funder collaborative made up of United Way of Broome County and local foundations that have come together to collect emergency funding requests and provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who are most affected by COVID-19. We’ve created a single online application to simplify and streamline the process for nonprofits seeking immediate funds.

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund application will open on April 6, 2020.

Applications from non-profits will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning April 6, 2020. Funding decisions will be made by a review committee, consisting of community volunteers who are committed to addressing the most urgent needs that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


What is the COVID-19 Community Response Fund?

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a funder collaborative made up of United Way of Broome County and local foundations, coming together to provide support for organizations providing critical services that will mitigate the short-term and long-term impact of the pandemic on our community.

What activities and services will be funded through this grant opportunity?

Grants will help front line health and human service organizations that have deep roots in the community, and the ability to increase resiliency in areas that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Organizations should address the economic impact of reduced and lost work, the immediate needs of  economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures including access to food, shelter, clothing, childcare, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, the increased demand for medical information and support, and fear and confusion about outbreak among Broome County’s most vulnerable residents.

What is eligible for funding?

Funding will be available to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, or other charitable organizations which are qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as schools, faith based organizations, and other public entities. 

Grants will help fund front line health and human service organizations that have deep roots in the community and are intended to provide a coordinated response to our region’s most immediate needs.

What is NOT eligible for funding?

This fund will not be available to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and/or 501(c)(6) organizations. Grants will be limited to community-based organizations serving Broome County.

What is the minimum and maximum grant award amount?

Grant awards will be between $500 and $25,000.

When will funding decisions be made?

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.


For questions contact Paula Perna at [email protected] or Tina Barber at [email protected]