COVID Funding Application

Thank you for reaching out to learn more about available funding opportunities in relation to Covid-19. Our most recent grant deadline was September 1, so we are working hard to review those grant requests and are unable to process any new requests at this time. We know there are still unmet needs, so we anticipate announcing later in October how any remaining funds will be distributed to nonprofits serving those directly impacted by the pandemic. The Foundation has been proud to partner with over 160 organizations to make sure over $6.7 million has been distributed to organizations working to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable in our communities.

For Nonprofits Serving Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties

As the next stage of our COVID-19 response effort, the Foundation is making funding available to nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic and face financial crisis.

We recognize that our community depends on a healthy nonprofit sector and so we are committing ourselves to a multi-year approach focusing, sequentially, on nonprofit resiliency, re-envisioning, and rebuilding.
Organizations with various missions and target populations will be eligible to apply for stabilization grants.

Stabilization Grants 2020

Programmatic Intent:
Through Stabilization Grants, general operating support funding will be available to local nonprofits that are beginning to recover from the COVID19 health crisis and its economic impact.

Closed September 1, 2020
To review FAQs, click here.

Available Funding:

  • Grant range and grant duration: Up to 6 months of operating support with a maximum grant award of $50,000.
  • There is a minimum of $2,000,000 with a goal of 65% of awarded funds going to organizations that are aligned with the Foundation’s strategic focus areas (see below).

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Eligible organizations must have been operating as a 501(c)(3) organization or under an established fiscal sponsorship arrangement for at least two years.
  • Only one application per 501(c)(3) organization will be considered. An exception may be made in fiscal sponsorship situations. Please contact Sheila Toto at to discuss prior to the submission of an application.
  • Organizations must be able to clearly demonstrate financial needs as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Organizations must be located and serving those be serving those in Franklin, Hampden and/or Hampshire counties.

Funding Criteria:
The funding opportunity is open to a broad range of organizations. Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate financial need because of COVID-19 and be open to a re-envisioning the organization’s path forward.

Funding Preference: (Note that these are not exclusions or requirements.)

CFWM completed a strategic planning process earlier this year with a focus on equity and opportunity.  While this grant opportunity is open to a broad range of organizations, funding preference will be given to organizations that align with our newly stated priorities:

  • have deep roots serving vulnerable populations;
  • in which organizational leadership, board membership and executive staff, is racially diverse;
  • provide a strong start for all children through high-quality early education and care;
  • provide more accessible and more affordable post-secondary education or training that provide pathways to completion and employment; and/or
  • create a vibrant local arts and creativity ecosystem to support self-expression, economic vitality, and connection.

Ineligible Activities:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Sectarian or religious organizations unless as a fiscal sponsor for a broad community benefit
  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Support for political purposes
  • Capital campaigns for buildings, land acquisition, or endowment
  • To support academic research
  • Private educational organizations that derive less than fifty percent of revenue from public sources.

Grant Application Process:

  • Grant applications will be submitted through our on-line grants management system. Please note this is a new software platform. If interested in applying you will need to create a new account.
  • To view a tutorial of the grant portal registration and application process, click here.
  • Applications must be complete including all correct attachments at time of submission.
  • Review will be based on application materials submitted.

Important Dates:

  • Grant application opens: August 5, 2020
  • Grant submission closes: September 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Organizations will be notified of outcome of their funding request by September 30, 2020.
  • Funding to become available starting in October.

Contact Info:
If you are unclear about any aspect of the grant application, please review our FAQs or send an email to Sheila Toto at The Foundation will periodically post answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to our website.

If you experience any technical issues with the application, please contact

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