Rapid response funding

We are heartened to see community responses to the current COVID19 outbreak across the region. In times like these, social networks and community support are key for community resilience, especially for those most vulnerable to the many impacts of this pandemic. 

Recognizing this, the Grassroots Fund is making our rapid response Seed grant program available to grassroots groups responding to local needs and building resilience in their community in response to the COVID19 pandemic and associated events. We commit to making decisions and getting dollars out the door as fast as we can.

Our Seed grant program has a brief online application and requests can be up to $1,000. Even if you have an active grant (or pending application) for another project with us, this urgent rapid response program is available for all groups who see a need in their community to respond to COVID19. Please read below for more information. 

Grant Range:

Up to $1,000

Some examples of use:

  • Food supplies for isolated community members
  • Translation of materials to reach all groups
  • Mileage for volunteers dropping off supplies or checking in
  • Childcare coverage for community members needing support
  • Support for technology to continue organizing/meeting
  • Partnering with local media outlets to continue to educate and raise awareness
  • Grant applications must respond to a challenge or need in communities as a result of the COVID19 outbreak.
  • Though the typical Seed grant program is still available (with 4-6 week turnaround time), this rapid response grant is not intended to support ongoing programs and projects. 


  • Available for community-driven efforts (volunteer-driven, guidelines of budget <$100k & no more than 2 full-time staff equivalents )
  • We will continue to require a minimum of 3 people involved in the effort
  • We will continue to use our general Seed grant application - please answer the questions as best you are able, and let us know if you have questions
  • Groups can apply to Seed grants, event if the group currently has an active grant or application for another project
  • Staff will plan to have a 30-minute applicant call, but decision turn around time will be rapid (goal of a several days)
  • We commit to getting grant checks out the door immediately when agreement letters are signed and returned

We prioritize:

  • Groups that are ad-hoc (not 501(c)3 or fiscal sponsor) and have no access to alternative funding streams
  • Groups that are focused on immediate and urgent mutual aid needs, in response to identified community needs

If you have any questions about this process, please reply to this email, or email [email protected]

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