Foundation Requests for Proposals for Covid-19 Relief (May 13- May 18)

Here are notable new requests for proposals (RFPs) specifically for the Covid-19 outbreak, compiled by the Chronicle:

Art Bridges Foundation

The Art Bridges Foundation has committed $5 million to its Bridge Ahead Initiative, which will make grants to museums struggling to remain in touch with their audiences while closed because of the pandemic, and to help them prepare to safely reopen in the future. Eligible museums must have previously received grants from the foundation and have an annual operating budget under $30 million. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are disbursed.

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is making rapid-response grants to address the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable communities in Alabama that have been the most affected by the Covid-19 health crisis. Grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded to organizations working to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on employment, food insecurity, housing needs, medical care, child care, mental health, and education for children. Applications for this first phase will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 30.

Fund for Investigative Journalism

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is offering grants for journalists covering the coronavirus epidemic. Grants will average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000 to cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Humanities Washington

Humanities Washington will provide rapid-response funding to humanities organizations in Washington State that are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Grants for general operating expenses or specific projects, worth between $2,500 to $5,000, will be made to nonprofit cultural organizations whose programs have been interrupted. Applications will be reviewed weekly through May 31.

Rosenberg Foundation

The Rosenberg Foundation is making rapid-response grants to nonprofit groups in California that protect residents most vulnerable to the pandemic in the areas of mass incarceration, immigrant rights, and farmworker rights in the state. The foundation awarded more than $550,000 in its initial round of grant making. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis.

Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium

The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium is offering immediate funding through its Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund to support black girls and women in the Deep South. Organizations must be located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, or Virginia. Priority will go to groups with budgets under $250,000. Grants worth up to $10,000 will be awarded, with an average of $5,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 31.


The cloud communications company Twilio will make $2 million in grants to crisis hotlines that are working to offer urgent emotional support to people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonprofit groups that operate crisis help lines and other support services may apply. Applications are due June 5.

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Correction: A previous version of the article did not include complete eligibility requirements for grants from the Art Bridges Foundation.