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Nonprofit Pandemic Resources


We know you have new Covid-19 resources and references coming to you daily and it is overwhelming.

Each of our weekly Not-for-profit News e-newsletters will highlight the best new resources we have found and then they will be added to our website for future reference.

If you know of a great resource that we haven’t highlighted, please send it to indynews@notforprofitnews.com.

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Provides resources for communities and regular updates.

Indiana State Board of Health: ISDH provides daily state news and guidance updates.

SAVI Community Information System: The Polis Center created this information hub to help practitioners, policy makers and grant writers during the COVID-19 public health crisis. It includes dashboards, data, and maps about Indiana’s situation (Tracking Indiana COVID-19 Cases, Indiana County-Level Cases and Risks, Central Indiana Neighborhood-Level Risk Estimates).

General resources for nonprofit employers

Faegre Drinker. This firm has developed a question-and-answer guide for returning to work. It is regularly updated.

Indy Chamber Nonprofit Rapid Response Hub: Resource for nonprofits/small business to pose questions, which are answered by experts.

Indiana’s PPE Marketplace. An online hub resource for Indiana nonprofits and small businesses employing up to 150 associates in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the health and safety of their workforce during the pandemic. Masks, hand sanitizer and face shields are available.

SCORE: Since the coronavirus outbreak hit, it’s been unchartered waters, but many nonprofits have adapted. With the focus shifting to recovery, SCORES' expert mentors are available to help.

Tough Times call for Tough Actions: A decision framework for nonprofit leaders and board. A summary briefing of the best advice New York-based SeaChange has offered nonprofits.

CARES Act

SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans. Application process opened April 3, round two opened April 27.

CARES Act: How to apply for nonprofit relief funds -- Independent Sector

CARES Act: What you need to know -- Ernest & Young Global Limited.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Indiana is an approved state to receive U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans for nonprofits at 2.75% that are severely impacted by COVID-19. Users report that SBA is taking about 500 applications daily and receipt of funds can take 30+days.

Resources for employees and nonprofits

Resources for employees

Central Indiana Community Foundation: Provides community resources for residents and grassroots organizations to support the community's most vulnerable populations.

Coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security act (CARES Act). The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27. The National Council of Nonprofits pulled together an analysis summarizing the outcomes on issues of interest to nonprofits sector-wide.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law March 18. It provides relief for those affected by COVID-19. The new law will be effective no later than April 2 and provides for paid leave for employees and payroll tax credits for business owners and self-employed individuals.

Foster Success: Emergency funds available to help older foster youth who are coping with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Foster youth in need can apply for emergency funds.

Indianapolis.gov: City of Indianapolis site offers specific help with utilities, food, individual support, artist support. Similarly. other Indiana cities have set up websites to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indiana Youth Institute’s Youth Worker COVID-19 Relief Fund. Direct support and relief to youth-serving professionals in Indiana with grants of $500.

Marion County Commission on Youth (McCoy): This resource page is for young people and their families to help connect make connections to the supports they need during this unprecedented.


COVID-19 relief funds

Indiana funding

Ball Brothers Foundation: Rapid Response grants to support critical needs in Muncie and Delaware counties.

Central Indiana Community Foundation: Provides community resources for residents and grassroots organizations to support the community's most vulnerable populations. To recommend resources for its list, email COVID19@cicf.org.

Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund: Latest update on CERF and inquiring human service agencies can email at covid-19cerf@uwci.org. It's frequently-asked-questions page is a good starting place.

CICF and its affiliates have adopted a four-pronged approach to the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Indiana to ensure that the health, economic stability, and service to our most vulnerable communities are being met during this crisis.

  • Hamilton County Crisis Response Fund. Operating grants will provide support to community-based organizations serving Hamilton County that work with seniors, youth, and economically vulnerable populations. Grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000 to provide support for organizations. For details and grant applications, click here.
  • Neighbor Relief Fund for Marion County will provide support up to $35,000 for projects and services that align with CICF’s mission and commitment to equity, be resident-engaged and prioritize neighborhood-based, grassroots organizations serving marginalized neighborhoods. For details and grant applications, click here.
  • Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announced the distribution of $106,390 emergency grants to support women and girl serving organizations affected by the impact of COVID-19. The application process was adjusted to allow for funds to be distributed easily and quickly. Women’s Fund made a significant change to their grant process for 2020 to focus solely on addressing the impact of COVID-19. Read more.

Community Foundations Coronavirus Relief Efforts: The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative is complying a list of response funds from community foundation. Updated as funds are announced.

The Dubois County Community Foundation: Funds to address “urgent, critical needs” with expedited grant process. Contact Clayton Boyles at clayton@dccommunityfoundation.org.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Indiana is an approved state to receive U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans for nonprofits at 2.75% that are severely impacted by COVID-19.

Fort Wayne-based Foellinger Foundation: Critical response grants: Innovative Rapid Grants (up to $25,000 each) and Emergency Rapid Response Grants (up to $5,000 each), and there are other funds available.

Huntington County Emergency Relief Fund: Targeted to help support those in our community that will be most affected by the health and economic effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund: Supports local artists experiencing severe financial losses due to arts and culture cancellations and closures. Artists do not have to be connected to an arts organization.

Lilly Endowment: As the challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, Lilly Endowment will post updates on this page about our grantmaking and how the pandemic may affect our initiatives.

Muncie-based Ball Brothers Foundation: Rapid Response grants to support critical needs.

National Center for Family Philanthropy: NCFP hosts an interactive map of local COVID-19 funds and with regular updates.

National Council of Nonprofits loan comparison chart: A quick overview and analysis of the CARES Act loans available for the sector.


National funding

Funds for coronavirus relief: Candid’s list, primarily focused US-based foundations that serve nonprofits, provides resources for nonprofits, individuals and artists.

Community Foundations Coronavirus Relief Efforts: The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative is complying a list of response funds from community foundation. Updated as funds are announced.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Indiana is an approved state to receive U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans for nonprofits at 2.75% that are severely impacted by COVID-19.

National Center for Family Philanthropy: NCFP hosts an interactive map of local COVID-19 funds and with regular updates.

National Council of Nonprofits loan comparison chart: A quick overview and analysis of the CARES Act loans available for the sector.

The National Endowment for the Arts: NEA will distribute the CARES Act’s $75 million funding to be used for general operating expenses. In addition, arts organizations do not have to provide matching funds to receive their grant. Read more.

NonProfit PRO: Partnering with GrantStation, this publication shares available grant funding opportunities for nonprofits in four categories: COVID-19, national, regional and federal. Updated weekly.

TechSoup’s COVID-19 Response Fund: Provides funds to underwrite technology hardware and tools, training and services from its growing list of resources. The funds particular focus is supporting small organizations that provide social services.

Resources for fundraising during the pandemic

The Indianapolis Public Library. Temporary remote access to Foundation Directory Online Essential is available during the pandemic.

COVID-19: Philanthropy in a changing landscape: Johnson, Grossnickle + Associates’ provide suggestions for staying the course.

5 Nonprofit Finance Must-Do’s in the Time of COVID: The Nonprofit Quarterly shares steps for organizations struggle to take to increase likelihood of success.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Advice on fundraising during the Covid-19 outbreak with answers to five pressing questions.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Experts urge charities to communicate their needs clearly to their donors.

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: The coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected many aspects of society so far. How will it affect philanthropy? University scholars are providing their expertise. The site is updated regularly.

The power of positivity and staying the course: Aly Sterling suggests four things to begin doing immediately to position your organization to be competitive once there is some normalcy.

Business legal, HR issues and resources

BoardSource: What board members should be doing now.

Charitable Allies legal advice in webinar and Q&A: COVID -19 and the Workplace: Everything you need to know.

FirstPerson Advisors: HR concerns and how to respond to them.

Nonprofit Risk Management: No continuity plan? Four steps to take now.

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