Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m an individual who has been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. The purpose of this fund is to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them here.  If you are looking for resources now, please consider United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s 211 and your local county department of social services.

My organization is interested in applying for grant resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with United Way of Greater Capital Region and our partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the critical needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Funding will be provided to organizations located and operating in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. The committee will also consider supporting nonprofits operating in the surrounding counties of Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may fill out this online form to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund was created to provide a coordinated response to our region’s immediate needs.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for directing resources into the community, but rather to help focus a regional response. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past. Many organizations that had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings, so please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.

What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs from the outbreak and the longer-term impacts of recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with our partners to assess and evolve our funding strategies.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the Greater Capital Region. Funding will be provided to organizations located and operating in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. The committee will also consider supporting nonprofits operating in the surrounding counties of Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. We are doing this with a recognition that many local nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. We are being flexible with our funds to support needs throughout the multiple county region.

When will you share who you fund?
Our fund announcements are listed below. Stay connected with us on Facebook to receive the most up-to-date information on the Fund and grantees.