The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has launched the Phase 2 Relief and Recovery Grants Program to support groups disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 including low-income residents, displaced workers, essential workers, residents with greater health risks, communities of color, immigrant populations, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and people at risk of intimate partner violence.
In addition, the Foundation will work to make Phase 2 grants more inclusive and accessible to organizations that have been traditionally underserved including smaller organizations (under $100,000 annual revenue) and organizations led by African-Americans and other people of color.
- Programs and Services to Meet Critical Needs;
- Operational Support.
Phase Two based on community needs survey results:
- Programs and Services to Meet Critical Needs – up to $25,000
- Funding priorities:
- Preventing and mitigating the impacts of job and income loss
- Challenges with meeting basic living expenses as the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis settle in
- Funding priorities:
- Operational Support for Organizations – up to $25,000
- The findings show that most organizations a) have had to significantly modify services and operations to meet community needs during the COVID-19 crisis, and b) are facing large financial shortfalls in 2020. These grants will provide some operational support to help nonprofits bridge this crisis and continue providing vital community services.
Findings from the local survey and national research points to the need for some additional prioritized organization types:
- Smaller organizations (under $100,000 annual revenue) – the findings show that these organizations are playing a critical role in COVID-related service delivery, but face greater financial and operational challenges in the wake of the crisis.
- Organizations led by African-Americans and other people of color – Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African-Americans and other people of color and the importance of leadership that reflects and is rooted in impacted communities, they will have an increased focus on organizations in the region led by people of color.
- Organizations that can apply for these grants include 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
- Other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities serving all or part of our 5-county area.
- There are no restrictions on applying if you received prior funding from the Foundation but it will be a factor in grant-making decisions.
For more information, visit https://www.cfbham.org/covid-19-response-funds/covid-19-response-for-nonprofits/