As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold in our community, we are inspired by the people who are stepping up and coming together to address the public heath threat and help those who have been – and will be – most impacted by this pandemic and its effects.

Last week, we joined partners from across the community to announce the launch of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, a relief fund designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand capacity in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties by strategically and efficiently addressing impact from the outbreak.

We are incredibly grateful to the many funders – organizations, families and individuals – across the community who have contributed to the fund so far. Contributions to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund now total more than $5.37 million from 27 different corporate and philanthropic partners alongside individual donations from across the region.

New funding partners include:

Since its launch on March 18, the Rapid Response Fund has secured more than $1.42 million in additional contributions. Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the fund via, where you can also view a list of partners to date. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Initially, grant funding will support nonprofit organizations that provide community safety nets (e.g. food pantries, homelessness and housing assistance, credit counseling, etc.) and have strong experience working with the immediate needs of populations made vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, funding partners are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Instead, frontline nonprofits that have pressing needs related to the COVID-19 crisis response should email to receive more information about the funding process. The funding collaborative will identify potential grantee-partners, solicit guidance on proposed projects from community advisors, and recommend final awards.​

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. The partners are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.

Learn more about the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund’s purpose, priorities and grantmaking process here.