2021 COVID-19 Response Grants Program – United States
Recognizing COVID-19’s continuing disruptive effects, the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation has announced the 2021 COVID-19 Response grants. Organizations with existing programming in the Foundation’s funding geography expressly serving young people with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders and their families are eligible to apply for unrestricted grants.
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The COVID-19 Response application is brief and focuses on helping the Foundation understand the needs and opportunities that organizations and the people they serve face because of COVID-19. COVID19 has had a disproportionately negative impact on communities of color and other marginalized groups (e.g., people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, incarcerated individuals, immigrant/refugee communities). The Foundation will give preference to applicants working to address these inequities.
The Foundation has allocated $400,000 to each of the two 2021 COVID-19 Response grant opportunities. The Foundation anticipates awarding approximately 16-25 grants of up to $25,000 in each funding round.
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This funding opportunity is intended as a short-term response to organizational challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect to prioritize applications from organizations serving young people affected by intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health, and/or substance use disorders that:
Have an annual operating budget of $8 million or less.
Reflect the community they serve in the ethnic/racial diversity of leaders, staff, and board members.
Include beneficiary voice and feedback in the design and delivery of their services.
Continue to serve, whether in person or virtually, populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (e.g., people experiencing homelessness, people who are incarcerated, people with disabilities, refugee and immigrant communities, and communities of color).
Continue to provide necessary in-person services (e.g., residential care, inpatient, in-home) to the highest-need populations despite increased risk to staff.
Continue to serve families and caregivers who are supporting children and young adults in their home, including services to combat isolation; to support health and well-being; and to provide family respite.
Who Can Apply?
Organizations currently providing services within the following regions are eligible to apply under this grant opportunity:
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Additionally, applicants must be:
Not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation that are not private foundations; or
Not-for-profit public benefits corporations Schools, school districts, and colleges/universities are not eligible to apply for COVID-19 Response grants.
For more information, visit https://thetowerfoundation.org/what-we-fund/apply-for-a-grant-2/