Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund Grant Application

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund is now accepting applications for grant funding.

Subsequent funding rounds are anticipated based on the availability of funding.


The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund, a joint effort between the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and United Way of Greater New Haven, provides flexible support for organizations working to respond to issues resulting from the pandemic. Eligible applicants will be organizations that are working on the frontlines with those individuals most severely and disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in the 20-town Greater New Haven region. There is a particular interest in supporting organizations led by and/or partnering with people of color and/or those living in poverty.

Grant funds are intended to be used to support the delivery of services over the next three to six months. Organizations may request up to $40,000 in funding. As part of the application, organizations should describe how they are adhering to state and CDC guidelines regarding the safe delivery of services. We anticipate this will be a highly competitive process, and grants awarded will depend on available funds.

Note: United Way of Greater New Haven and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven are using a shared application for this process.


Organizations must provide services within one of the following cities and towns: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven, Woodbridge.

Applicants must have a primary focus or emphasis on serving one or more of the populations below who are most severely and disproportionately impacted by the COVID- 19 crisis:

  • Individuals who are at high risk of poor health outcomes from COVID-19
  • Economically disadvantaged individuals who are suffering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Economically disadvantaged includes those individuals who are newly unemployed and/or those considered part of the ALICE population.
  • Undocumented immigrants and refugees
  • African American residents who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are experiencing a higher incidence of the virus as well as a higher rate of hospitalizations and deaths.
  • Hispanic/Latinx residents who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and experiencing a high incidence of the virus and hospitalizations.
  • Frontline workers (supermarket workers, firemen, policemen, EMTs, public transportation workers, etc.)

Organizations that can demonstrate that they have close relationships with those they serve will be viewed most positively. We also encourage organizations to think through how they can work collaboratively with other partners to increase their effectiveness and reach. Organizations must demonstrate how they have adapted their programs to continue providing high-quality services or creating new, innovative ways to serve their clients, while following the health and safety guidelines required during this pandemic.

Applicants must be providing or proposing to provide one or more of the following services (listed below in no particular order of importance):

  • Providing basic needs which can include food, shelter, diapers, or financial assistance to individuals based on specified criteria
  • Providing for the safety of children and/or adults at higher risk of family or community violence as a result of COVID-19
  • Providing for the safety of those working in hazardous conditions as a result of COVID-19
  • Providing health and/or mental health services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, treat those who are infected, or lessen negative mental health outcomes as a result of the pandemic
  • Providing child care or other respite and support services to healthcare workers and other frontline workers (supermarket workers, firemen, policemen, EMTs, public transportation workers, etc.)
  • Providing education/mentorship services to children and youth most at-risk of becoming or being disengaged from school and out-of-school programs.

The Fund will not make grants directly to individuals, or for small business recovery. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)3 organizations or have a signed agreement with a 501(c)3 organization that serves as their fiduciary. If you have questions about whether your organization qualifies, please contact [email protected].


  • Beth-El (website)
    $15,000 – To support additional staffing costs and cleaning at homeless shelter
  • BHCare (website)
    $30,000 – To support technology costs associated with telehealth and staff overtime for residential care
  • Bridges (website)
    $15,000 – To support infrastructure related to teleheath and remote work
  • Casa Otonal (website)
    $15,000 – To support kitchen staff and food to cook and deliver prepared meals to older adults
  • Catholic Charities – Centro San Jose (website)
    $15,000 – To support food, supplies, hygiene products, rental assistance and staffing costs
  • Clifford Beers (website)
    $35,000 – For gift cards to clients (families) who need help buying food
  • Christian Community Action (website)
    $20,000 – To support additional food, supplies, activities for families, and deep cleaning at homeless shelter
  • Columbus House (website)
    $20,000 – To support purchase of PPE, additional staff costs and food at homeless shelter
  • Community Action Agency (website)
    $20,000 – To support food and technology for regional social service agency providing service, referrals, and case management for low-income individuals
  • Community Soup Kitchen (website)
    $30,000 – To support a part-time chef and food to meet increased demand for prepared lunches for homeless and low-income individuals
  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Center (website)
    $40,000 – To support technology to conduct telehealth, PPE, and staffing
  • CT Hospice (website)
    $10,000 – To support cleaning supplies and preparation of facility to take on overflow of non-COVID-19 patients from YNHH
  • The Diaper Bank (website)
    $40,000 – To support driver and diapers to meet increased diaper need and delivery to distribution sites in Greater New Haven
  • EMERGE (website)
    $23,400 – To support stipends to clients, formerly incarcerated individuals who are unable to work during the pandemic
  • Fair Haven Community Health Center (website)
    $40,000 – To support technology to conduct telehealth, cleaning, PPE, and staffing as well as new services to Bella Vista Elderly Housing Complex
  • Fellowship Place (website)
    $10,000 – To support technology to enable staff to provide remote counseling for clients (individuals with mental illness and homeless), as well as emergency food and cleaning supplies
  • FISH of Greater New Haven (website)
    $7,500 – To support food delivery to homebound individuals (seniors and those with disabilities)
  • Junta (website)
    $20,000 – To support case management of high risk population as well as ongoing infrastructure needs
  • Liberty Community Services Inc. (website)
    $15,000 – To support additional staffing costs, cleaning supplies, and food at homeless shelter
  • Marrakech (website)
    $10,000 – To support food and cleaning supplies to deliver to clients to keep them safely home. Clients include seniors and those with brain injuries, developmental disorders, and mental illness
  • Mary Wade Home (website)
    $40,000 – To support costs of changed staffing model and providing transportation to staff so they avoid risks of public transportation
  • New Reach (website)
    $20,000 – To support additional staffing costs, food, and other basic needs at homeless shelter
  • Operation Fuel (website)
    $20,000 – To support oil deliveries to Greater New Haven low-income families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
  • TEAM (website)
    $20,000 – To support increased food offerings to meet community need (meals and food pantry items)
  • Urban Community Alliance (formerly New Haven Family Alliance and VETTS) (website)
    $25,000 – To support case management and crisis response to disconnected youth in New Haven and Hamden and technology for staff to continue outreach and case management
  • Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (website)
    $25,000 – To support PPE, staffing costs and legal assistance on HR matters
  • WHEAT (website
    $5,000 – To purchase food to meet increased need from people who have lost their jobs
  • Youth Continuum (website)
    $15,000 – To support additional staffing costs, technology and food/supplies
  • Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, Inc. (website)
    $20,000 – To support meal delivery and cash assistance to homebound elders and people with disabilities.
  • APNH: A Place to Nourish your Health  (website)
    $20,000 – To support the purchase of meals for home delivery and grocery store gift cards for clients.
  • Believe in Me Empowerment Corporation (website)
    $15,000 – To support the provision of food and basic needs to families.
  • Breakthrough Church  (website)
    $5,000 – To support the purchase of additional food and basic needs items to distribute at the food pantry.
  • Cathedral of Higher Praise (website)
    $5,000- To support the purchase of food, storage and increased hours of operation to meet the increased demand for food for Fair Haven neighborhood residents.
  • Central Connecticut Coast YMCA (website)
    $20,000 – To support the purchase of food and supplies for the childcare site serving children of healthcare workers at the New Haven YMCA.
  • Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. (website)
    $20,000 – To support the purchase of meals for clients and personal protective equipment for staff and clients.
  • Community Dining Room (website)
    $20,000 – To support the purchase of to-go food containers, bags and cutlery in order to provide lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends to residents on the Shoreline.
  • Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (website)
    $40,000 – To provide emergency financial support for  Dixwell and Newhallville families severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (learn more)
    $10,000 – To support the Street Outreach Workers’ connection with youth by ensuring their safety (through purchase of technology) and helping to meet basic needs.
  • The Connection, Inc. (website)
    $20,000 – To support deep cleaning of residential care programs in the New Haven area, as well as hazard pay for staff.
  • Continuum of Care, Inc. (website)
    $40,000 – To support the purchase of food, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment.
  • CTCORE-Organize Now! (website)
    $20,000 – To provide mutual aid food assistance to households in New Haven.
  • Davenport Residence (website)
    $5,000 – To support the purchase of food for Davenport Dunbar Food Pantry which serves low-income senior.
  • East Haven Food Pantry at Epiphany Church of Christ (website)
    $3,500 – To support the purchase of additional food for the grab and go pantry.
  • The Food Garage of the Semilla Collective (learn more)
    $20,000 – To support the purchase of food for food delivery services for undocumented families.
  • Guilford Interfaith Ministries, Inc. (website)
    $10,000 – To support the purchase of food and packaging to meet the increased demand for food.
  • Inspired Communities, Inc(learn more)
    $30,000 – To support food distribution and assistance to 4 food pantries in Newhallville/Dixwell neighborhoods.
  • IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (website)
    $30,000 – To support the purchase of food pantry supplements, gift cards and medicine.
  • Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (website)
    $15,000 – To support financial assistance for basic needs and food.
  • Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc. (LEAP) (website)
    $30,000 – To support emergency food and rental assistance for at-risk New Haven families, as well as to cover limited additional costs associated with expanded outreach and case management.
  • Leeway, Inc. (website)
    $6,500 – To support shopping and grocery services for homebound client.
  • New Haven Area Mutual Aid Fund (learn more)
    $20,000 – To support direct financial assistance to families to be used for food, rent or utilities.
  • New Haven Ecology Project (Common Ground) (website)
    $14,000 – To support the distribution of fresh food and staples to families in need, and to support the purchase of packaging, cleaning and storage supplies, as well as hand sanitizer and educational materials shared with partner organizations.
  • The New Haven Inner City Enrichment (NICE) Center (learn more)
    $3,000 – To support the purchase of food for the food pantry, including fresh vegetables and dairy, as well as the purchase of hygiene products for Hill neighborhood residents.
  • Omega SDA Church (website)
    $10,000 – To support homeless individuals temporarily housed in hotels with clothing, hygiene products and cleaning supplies, as well as supporting staff who are providing social services.
  • Project Access of New Haven (website)
    $25,000 – To support the cost of staff so that patient appointments for urgent specialty care can be rescheduled/redirected as needed and they have access to important information about Covid 19 and their individual risk.
  • ‘r kids, Family Center Inc(website)
    $20,000 – To support the purchase of technology for staff to provide remote support for foster children, birth families and foster families as well as the purchase of food for families in need.
  • Ronald McDonald House of CT, Inc. (website)
    $5,000 – To support the provision of hot meals and groceries for families with children who are being treated at Yale New Haven Hospital.
  • Sunrise Café (website)
    $10,000 – To support the purchase of food and supplies, and to support staffing and rent in order to supply get to-go meals.
  • Solar Youth  (website)
    $20,000 – To support jobs for youth, whose income helps their families, as well as technology to enable virtual programs.
  • Square Meals New Haven / Comidas Completas New Haven
    $40,000 – To support the preparation and delivery of meals to the ~250 homeless individuals who are temporarily housed in hotels.
  • The Towers Foundation (website)
    $30,000 – To support meals basic needs supplies for seniors who are sheltering in place.
  • Unidad Latina Accion (website)
    $20,000 – To support the Immigrant Emergency Fund which provides cash assistance to immigrants ineligible for unemployment and stimulus funds.
  • VNA Community Healthcare (website)
    $25,000 – To support the increased demand for emergency supplies for staff and clients.
  • Walk of Faith Church  (website)
    $5,000 – To support the purchase of food and personal protection equipment for families in the Fair Haven Heights neighborhood.
  • Yale New Haven Hospital (website)
    $25,000 – To support the purchase of personal protective equipment as well as meals and counseling for staff.

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