Operating grants will fund organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare, and seasonal workers, chronic health conditions, mobility impaired, youth and our aging population, among others. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

The first phase of rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in our communities by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak, the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures, and the increased demand for medical and behavioral resources and support.


Nonprofits who meet the above criteria should contact Helen Beall at  to discuss funding opportunities. Although there is no formal application to apply – nonprofits should include the information details below.  YVCF staff may require additional documentation depending on the request.  Grant requests that are not immediately funded will continue to be considered on a rolling basis and may receive a grant award as additional funds are raised. In addition, the Community Foundation will work with nonprofits to determine if other funding opportunities are available to meet the needs in our community. Nonprofits who receive funding will be responsible to provide reporting on the usage of the grant no later than nine months after receiving funding.  Grant sizes will be determined by the amount of funding available.
Deadline for October Grant Round is October 16th.
Potential Funding Areas & Examples


  • Medical Supplies
  • Nursing home staff coverage for low-income households
  • Cleaning Supplies for care facilities of all kinds.


  • Technology Assistance
  • Childcare
  • Volunteer Services
  • Food Services
    • Kids
    • Elderly
    • Other at-risk population
  • Emergency Assistance for organizations supporting laid-off workers
    • Food
    • Housing
  • Education
  • Mental and Behavioral Health for those who are most vulnerable

Required Information to Apply:

  • Organization Name
  • Grant Amount Requested (no maximum)
  • Description of Request
    • Include if you have received funding and/or other potential sources of funding have been exhausted (foundations, government).
    • Include any community partnerships
    • Demonstrate the need is clearly based on COVID-19, not an ongoing need
    • Detail the population served through this grant

There are several other granting opportunities.  Please visit here to see other opportunities.