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COVID-19 Resources

Fox Advancement is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following the guidance of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and Minnesota Department of Health. 


In response to the pandemic, we have expanded our grant writing services to help nonprofits write grant narratives and secure emerging funding opportunities, including: program, personal protection equipment, emergency funds, and general operating grants. Below, you will find funding opportunities by categories and due dates. 


Our team will continue to update and add to this list as we receive pertinent information and foundations rise to the occasion. 


Click here to learn how Fox Advancement can help your organization secure emergency funding NOW.

Funding Opportunities


US Business Administration - Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Status: Accepting Applications

  • SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters.

  • Disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

Due Date: Rolling


Status: Ongoing (Download for more information)

  • Provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees — including sole proprietors and nonprofits— with access to nearly $350 billion in loans under Section 7 of the Small Business Act during the “covered period,” which runs from February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020. 

  • The loans, which are referred to as “paycheck protection loans” and are fully guaranteed by the federal government through December 31, 2020

Due Date: December 31, 2020

State of Minnesota

MN Dept. of Health - Short Term Emergency Fund

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Health Care Focus

Due Date: Wednesday March 25th at Midnight

MN Dept. of Employment & Economic Development - Emergency Loans

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minnesota-Based Business loans ranging from $2,500 - $35,000, interest free

Due Date: TBD

MN Dept. of Health - Emergency Response Fund

Status: RFP to be posted

  • Health Care Focus

Due Date: TBD

Governor’s 2020 Supplemental Budget Recommendations

Status: Pending

  • The Governor’s 2020 supplemental budget prioritizes fiscal stability and addressing emergency response and preparedness needs across the state

Minnesota Foundations

Grant Writing Tips

  • Reach out to institutional funders and program officers

  • Develop grant narratives around response to COVID-19

  • Gather statistics and financials 

  • Apply for emergency funding

  • Explore corporate giving campaigns

  • Intensify institutional fundraising cultivation

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless - Emergency Response Fund

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Open Your Heart is providing funding to support response planning by overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service provider

Due Date: March 27

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation - Healthy Start 2020
Status: Accepting Applications

  • Within the original goal of increasing access to and quality of early childhood care and education, the Foundation will now prioritize funding for applicants that demonstrate that they are responding to their community’s child care needs as a result of COVID-19.  

  • Grants will be for one year instead of two years

Due Date: April 23 at 1:00 pm

The Schulze Family Foundation

 Status: Accepting LOI's

  • Next round of deadlines for fall review extended

  • The Foundation has issued $500,000 in emergency grants to organizations addressing food insecurity in Minnesota and Florida

  • The Foundation will accept requests for general operating support

Due Date: LOI's due April 24, Invited Applications due May 29

US Bank Foundation

Status: Receiving Donations

  • Over the next 2 weeks, US Bank will put $4 million in grants in the hands of three key partners: LISC, the United Way, and Operation HOPE. 

  • We are also creating a $1 million COVID-19 Local Market Impact Fund to address unmet needs in local markets across the country.

  • By year end, we will provide $25 million to long term recovery including taking the balance of our Community Possible grant budget for the year and offering it as general operating grants for our partners.

  • Grant application process will remain unchanged, see website for details

Due Date: April 30 for "Work" focus, July 31 for "Home" Focus

Minnesota Council on Foundations and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Status: Accepting applications now (download application)

  • Funds will go directly to foundations or other intermediaries that have an existing grant-making process in place. The intermediaries will distribute the funds

  • Nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and individuals and families that are struggling with increased demand or loss of ability to carry out services or loss of income

  • Organizations interested in applying should download the application form and email it to

Due Date: Every Wednesday by 12:00 pm, reviewed  on Friday

Otto Bremer Trust - Emergency Fund 

Status: Accepting initial inquiries now for short term loans and grants

  • The first step in the application process is to submit an initial inquiry. This brief questionnaire is designed to help CBFC determine the scope of emergency needs in our region.

Due Date: TBD

Bush Foundation

Status: Repurposing funds, Accepting Community Innovation proposals

  • Bush Foundation will not be offering the Bush Prize, rather they have repurpose this funding for COVID-19 response activities and initiatives. 

  • The Bush foundation is contributing to the MN Council on Foundation/MN Disaster Fund.

  • Bush Foundation will continue to accept regular Community Innovation proposals and try to expedite COVID-19 proposals. The Foundation is finalizing criteria now with more details to follow in the next week.  

Due Date: Community Innovation grants accepted year-round

Minneapolis Foundation - OneMPLS Fund 

Status: Applications will be accepted online starting at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020

  • Support services to address economic impact on individuals whose employment has been reduced or eliminated (contract workers, students, youth, artists)

  • Support basic needs for vulnerable populations (older adults, youth, students)

Due Date: TBD

Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation

Status: Moved Deadline, Announcement coming April 24

  • Our board is scheduled to meet on April 24th. We will share more details after that meeting

  •  Considering making a limited number of emergency general-operating-support grants

Due Date: Community Grant due May 1 @ 11:59 p.m., Special Project Grant TBD

Headwaters Foundation - Community First Fund

Status: Receiving Donations, developing procedure, goal is to start accepting applications on 4/1

  • Focusing first on applicants who currently have a grant at Headwaters. Eligible applicants must be an existing Headwaters grantee (Jan. 2018 to now)

  • Promote health, healing, solidarity and mutual aid

  • Supporting organizations and people organizing for change

  • Strengthening capacity of organizations to be resilient and creative long-term

Due Date: TBD

Target and Target Foundation - Local/National/Global Support

Status: Receiving Donations, deciding criteria

  • Target and the Target Foundation will be giving $10 million to expand relief and assistance to our team members, as well as local, national and global organizations responding to the pandemic.

Due Date: TBD

United Way - Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

Status: Receiving Donations

  • Funding will provide immediate support like food, housing, childcare, financial assistance, and more.

Due Date: TBD

University of Minnesota

Status: Receiving Donations

  •  Focus on Student Need and Health Care Support.

Due Date: TBD

Greater Minnesota Foundations

Alexandria Area Community Foundation

Status: Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Status: Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

Central MN Community Foundation

Status - Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

Community Foundation of Carver County

Status: Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

Fargo-Moorhead Area Community Foundation

Status: Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

Initiative Foundation for Central Minnesota

Status: Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

Willmar Area Community Foundation

Status: Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

National Funding

Open Road Alliance

Status: Accepting applications now

  • Send an email to with the following information

    • Your Organization

    • Your Response to COVID-19

    • What you need and why

    • Keep it short and to the point!

Due Date: Rolling, reviewing submissions as they're received

Good360 - COVID-19 Product Philanthropy

Status: Accepting Applications

  • If an organization is in need of products for COVID-19 response and prevention, please e-mail Kaitlin FitzGerald, Regional Manager of Disaster Recovery

Due Date: Rolling, email with your needs

No Kid Hungry

Status: Accepting Inquiries

  • This grant request is specifically for school districts and community organizations to submit an inquiry for grants to support nutrition programs in their communities. 

Due Date: March 30

Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Providing funds to 501(c3)'s with a focus in health or hunger relief

Due Date: Rolling Deadline, reviewing applications as they are submitted

Entrepreneur Fund


  • Pledging $10 million in small business relief

QuickBooks - The Small Business Relief Initiative

Status: Aceepting GoFundMe pages and donations

  • QuickBooks teamed up with GoFundMe to provide support for small businesses

  • Tips and resources on how to prepare your business and your employees during the coronavirus

Due Date: N/A

For Individuals

St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation - Community Sharing Fund

Status:Accepting applications now

  • For individual and families with verifiable emergency needs when other services or funds are unavailable. Grants are approved for rent, damage deposit, utility costs, medical expenses, childcare, transportation and other critical needs.

Due Date: Rolling, reviewing as applications are received

Modest Needs - Self-Sufficiency Grant

Status: Accepting applications now

  • Unexpected or emergency expenses that an individual or family living paycheck-to-paycheck could not possibly afford without a short-term hand-up.

  • Monthly bills that an individual or family living paycheck-to-paycheck cannot afford to pay at the time of their application because of a documentable extenuating circumstance that occurred within the past year.

Due Date: Rolling, reviewing as applications are received

Springboard for the Arts - Emergency Funding Resources for Artists

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Help cover unexpected expenses directly resulting from a catastrophic, career-threatening event such as theft, fire, flood and health emergency. Emergencies must have taken place within 6 months of the application date.

  • Artists may apply to cover lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity

  • $500/individual

Due Date: Rolling, reviewing as applications are received

Additional Resources


Minnesota Grants Directory

Download the Minnesota Grants Directory Special Edition created by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to help navigate the COVID-19 funding landscape.

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