Critical Grants

Programmatic Intent

Critical grants provide funding for nonprofits experiencing operating issues due to unforeseen emergencies or urgent needs.


Applicant Eligibility

  • To view overall eligibility guidelines for applicant organizations please click here.
  • Additional Critical programmatic eligibility guidelines include:
    • All potential Critical applicants must contact the Critical Program Officer prior to consideration for this funding opportunity.

Funding Criteria

Critical grants enable CFWM to assist nonprofits with time-limited grants in the following circumstances:

  • Emergencies directly impacting a nonprofit such as fire, gas explosion, flood or other unpredictable occurrences that require capital expenditures.
  • Temporary increased service need experienced by a nonprofit that is the direct result of an emergency such as a fire, tornado, flood, etc.
  • Urgent needs that could not be anticipated that directly impact a nonprofit or a program of a nonprofit. This would include the unexpected loss of committed funding. Critical grants can provide support to consolidate, downsize or terminate programs in a responsible manner; or to stabilize program for the short-term (up to 3 months).

Ineligible Activities

  • Please click here to view activities that are ineligible for funding from any of CFWM’s grant programs.

Available Funding

  • Grant range: $5,000 – $20,000.
  • Duration of grants: Up to a 3 month period.

Grant Process

This grant opportunity involves several steps:

  • All prospective applicants must schedule a discussion with the Critical Program Officer to assess eligibility for funding.
  • If the project is deemed to meet eligibility requirements, the nonprofit will be asked to submit an application.
  • The grant application will be reviewed and assessed for funding.

Important Dates

  • Submission, Decision and Notification: Year-Round.

Application and Related Materials

  • Application preview: Not available at this time.
  • Application form: Applicants must speak with Critical Program Officer to access application materials.


  • For grant FAQ’s, please click here.

Contact Info

Critical Program Officer, Sheila Toto at