COVID – 19 Resource Guide for Municipalities, Nonprofits & Community Organizations

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Last Updated: May 27, 2020

Below you will find information regarding grants and programs available to local governments, non-profits and community organizations related to Covid-19. Additional information is available online through the linked websites.

Every effort is made to confirm program availability. However, grant and loan information may change at any time.

Be sure to reach out to your State Senator’s office to learn about the current status of every program.

Federal Assistance | State Assistance | Funding for Local Communities (Specific to COVID-19) | Foundation Resources (Specific to COVID-19) | Foundation Resources (General) | Food Pantry Assistance

Federal Assistance

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:
Makes funding available for free COVID-19 testing, emergency paid sick leave, emergency family and medical leave, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child and senior food and nutrition, emergency unemployment insurance

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
Geographic Scope: Selected U.S. states and counties
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship- The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act:
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Webinar:
The U.S Chamber of Commerce held a briefing to discuss the emergency funding available for 501(c)(3) nonprofits. This webinar discussed the Paycheck Protection Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit, Delay of Payroll Tax Remittance, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and Paid Sick Leave & FMLA leave. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Webinar- The U.S Chamber of Commerce held a briefing to discuss the emergency funding available for 501(c)(3) nonprofits. This webinar discussed the Paycheck Protection Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit, Delay of Payroll Tax Remittance, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and Paid Sick Leave & FMLA leave. View webinar HERE.

USDA Rural Development (Infrastructure)

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program and Connect Fund
Universal Service Administrative Company offers two programs to assist healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth as well as broadband connectivity. 

USDA Rural Development (Economic Development)

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Funding
Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Application Deadline: Various 

Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. Specific requirements apply.

Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Program
USDA Rural Development provides grants to qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility or economic development projects in rural areas. 


COVID-19 and the Workplace
U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19. 

New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During Covid-19 Outbreak
U.S. Department of Labor announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

County Response Efforts and Priorities
National Association of Counties developed a resource landing page specific to counties with respect to the COVID-19 outbreak.   

Resources for Regions
National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) developed a comprehensive resource page for regional organizations to support as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans
Small Business Guide and Checklist

State Assistance

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED):
DCED is offering working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted as they become available. Contact: DCED Customer Service: 1-866-466-3972 or

PA Office of Unemployment Compensation
will determine eligibility for unemployment benefits for any of your employees not able to work due to COVID-19. Workers are also eligible for compensation if your hours have been cut due to the virus. 

Appalachian Regional Commission: During this challenging time for our communities, our Region, and our country, the Appalachian Regional Commission has launched a web page dedicated to providing resources to help communities, grantees, and partners navigate COVID-19. The page,, includes national, regional, and state resources, webinars, and other information. ARC’s goal is to be a resource hub for the Appalachian Region during the COVID-19 crisis. Appalachia Positive Case Map

Funding for Local Communities (Specific to COVID -19)

Chester County Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund:
Provides flexible resources to Chester County nonprofits that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak, with three funding priority levels:

1.    Front Line Grants: For community-based nonprofits that have increased demand for services due to COVID-19.

2.    Service-challenged Grants: For nonprofits that are modifying their in-person service delivery modes extremely rapidly due to COVID-19.

3.    Collateral Damage Grants: For nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures and cancellations.

Foundation for Delaware County’s COVID-19 Response Fund:
Providing immediate and longer-term resources to nonprofits serving vulnerable residents across Delaware County.

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund
(in partnership with the United Way of the Capital Region): For nonprofits in the Greater Harrisburg Area—with a commitment to providing responsive support to the area’s long-standing and trusted community partners on the frontlines.

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority’s COVID-19 Response Fund:
Funding for immediate human relief, civic institution deferred income loans, and small business loan program.

Pittsburgh’s Emergency Action Fund:
Combined efforts of Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community.

The Philadelphia Foundation’s COVID-19 Fund:
Grants to community organizations in the Philadelphia area providing support to vulnerable populations facing unprecedented strain on their resources as a result of COVID-19.

Foundation Resources (COVID -19 specific)

PPL Operation  HELP
We were one of the first utilities to establish a fuel fund for customers in need. Operation HELP is funded by PPL Electric Utilities, our employees, retirees and our generous customers. 

MusiCares: COVID-19 Relief Fund
Geographic Scope: United States
To help address the concerns of the music industry during this time, MusicCares has expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). 

No Kid Hungry:
Emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure children get the nutritious food they need. 

Farmer Relief Fund:
American Farmland Trust has launched a new Farmer Relief Fund to support farmers and ranchers that are being impacted by the market disruptions caused by the current coronavirus crisis. We are offering $1,000 cash grants to small and mid-size direct-market producers. 

Carrabba’s Cares:
For thirty years, Carrabba’s Italian Grill has been committed to supporting our local communities. We’re excited about our Carrabba’s Cares program, which allows our restaurants to raise funds for local organizations, making an impact in their immediate community. A Carrabba’s Cares Fundraiser takes place at your neighborhood Carrabba’s on a mutually agreed upon day or several days. Carrabba’s will donate a percentage of the sales, generated by your organization, back to the organization.

Allegheny and Beaver Counties: 
New Sun Rising’s Crisis Mitigation Relief Fund

National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation:
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri has partnered with the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation to offer grants for America’s out-of-work restaurant workers amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Utility Providers:
Many utility providers have created new assistance programs to help residential, business and non-profit customers navigate through these uncertain times. A number of providers are offering waivers of payments and other financial relief to those affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Pennsylvanians are strongly encouraged to contact their electric, gas, telephone, internet, water and sewer utility companies to see what kind of financial assistance may be available.

Open Road Alliance Response Grants & Loans:
The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the impact sector has reached natural disaster proportions in its scope and scale, which means that the global need for our ‘emergency’ capital vastly outstrips our available resources. Given this reality, we have decided to use our limited resources to best serve the sector under the following circumstances: 

Charitable Grants- Charitable Grants will only be offered to organizations responding directly to COVID-19. 

Loans- Open Road will be offering four loan products to organizations affected by COVID-19: Lost Event Revenue, Accelerating Incoming Emergency Funds, Co-investment to Support Social Enterprises, Deep Impact Loans.  

Pittsburgh Foundation: Emergency Action Fund:
(Geographic Scope: Allegheny, Westmoreland or Beaver Counties, PA) The Emergency Action Fund will address the immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19 by providing funding in four areas: operating support for small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations (annual budgets under $5 million) serving communities with predominantly low-income households; organizations that manage emergency funds that provide direct financial assistance to individuals impacted by COVID-19; support for Federally Qualified Health Centers and other community health facilities; and small arts organizations (and individual artists) that have had to cancel productions.

WellSpan Health Slow The Spread Requests:
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest employing practices such as social distancing, thorough handwashing, as well as the cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces. Taking these measures will may help lower the number of people simultaneously infected with COVID-19, ensuring that the healthcare system is not overburdened and that hospitals and other service providers have time to prepare and treat the population over time. Organizations may submit a Slow the Spread application to request assistance in employing COVID-19-related measures.

Organizations that qualify as not-for-profit, tax-exempt and that serve the communities in WellSpan Health’s service area may submit a Slow the Spread request. Grants to individuals, for-profit entities and organizations outside of the service area will not be considered.

GENYOUth Emergency School Nutrition Funding– GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation COVID-19 Response – With the changing landscape caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Independence Blue Cross Foundation remains committed to its mission of leading solutions to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  The Foundation staff is working remotely and will maintain updates to the Foundation’s website with related grant activity in the coming weeks.

Foundation Resources (Generic)

Wal Mart Community Giving:
We seek to create value in the communities around the world where we operate, strengthening them through local grants supporting programs that help them thrive. 

Walmart’s more than 2 million associates are residents, neighbors, friends and family in thousands of communities around the globe. Walmart works to strengthen these communities through both our retail business and community giving. 

Santander Bank Charitable Contributions Program:
Our communities are stronger when we invest in each other. That’s why the Santander Bank, N.A. Charitable Contributions Program donates to charitable organizations in the neighborhoods where our customers and colleagues live and work. We partner with organizations to strengthen low- and moderate-income (LMI) and other underserved communities within our footprint through equity investments, philanthropy, and employee engagement. 

FirstEnergy Foundation:
The FirstEnergy Foundation’s contributions to local nonprofit organizations help strengthen the social and economic fabric of our communities. Funded solely by FirstEnergy, the Foundation extends the corporate philosophy of providing community support.

We support non-profit, tax-exempt organizations within the FirstEnergy operating companies’ service areas, including Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison in Ohio; Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power in Pennsylvania; Jersey Central Power & Light in New Jersey; Mon Power and Potomac Edison in West Virginia and Maryland; and where we conduct business.

UGI Contribution & Sponsorship Requests:
At UGI, we are committed to benefiting our communities through charitable giving. Our employees are at the core of our giving efforts, as they volunteer their time and energy to a wide range of initiatives.

Hershey Foods:
Giving back to communities is one of Milton S. Hershey’s founding principles. Today, we continue that tradition as we seek to do our part in improving and enriching the lives of children and families. Philanthropy is a part of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts broader efforts to be a good corporate citizen and neighbor. In addition to dedicating financial resources and in-kind gifts, we also contribute our time, resources, and energies to bring positive, lasting change to kids and families in need. 

Chesapeake Energy:
The communities where we operate are also the communities where we live. We recognize the opportunity that we have been given — to be both a neighbor and an operator on someone’s land — and we approach this role with a focus on safety and stewardship. We commit to responsible operations while we also work to strengthen the areas where we do business, leaving a positive impact through economic and community support. 

Strengthening the Communities We Call Home

Delivering on our business strategies provides a financial benefit to our shareholders and a positive impact on our communities. Our operations generate economic development through job creation, capital investment, tax payments to municipalities and payments to our royalty and surface owners. In the last three years (2016 to 2018), we have paid more than $600 million in taxes. These funds helped facilitate infrastructure projects, education and safety services.

Food Pantry Assistance

Costco Foundation:
Costco Wholesale’s primary charitable efforts specifically focus on programs supporting children, education, and health and human services in the communities where we do business. Throughout the year we receive a large number of requests from nonprofit organizations striving to make a positive impact, and we are thankful to be able to provide support to a variety of organizations and causes. While we would like to respond favorably to all requests, understandably, the needs are far greater than our allocated resources and we are unable to accommodate them all.

Aldi Foundation:
Aldi is proud to support the awesome kids in our local communities. Through ALDI Smart Kids, they partner with nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on their kids health and wellness. This may include funding and/or ALDI gift cards to nonprofits, K-12 schools, fire, police and local churches.

Sam’s Club Foundation:
They complement and extend the impact of Walmart’s social and environmental initiatives through philanthropic efforts. Through both in-kind and cash gifts, Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and Sam’s Club give over $1 billion annually to projects that create opportunity, enhance sustainability and strengthen community. 

The Walmart Foundation:
Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind to support programs that align with their philanthropic priorities. They focus on areas where we can do the most good – combining the unique strengths of the business alongside our philanthropy. Their ability to draw on Walmart business strengths, providing more than just funding, helps our philanthropy to deliver greater societal impact. Today,, through the combined philanthropic efforts of both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, creates opportunities for people to live better every day.

Giant Eagle Foundation:
Annually, Giant Eagle, our Team Members and our Customers contribute to their communities through a variety of means. These include sponsorships and direct donations, product support and volunteer commitment. In addition, each year Giant Eagle helps to reduce hunger in our communities by contributing 6.5 million meals across our footprint.

The Dollar Bank Foundation:
Dollar Bank employees have a long tradition of providing significant support to organizations striving to make life better for those in need. One of the most effective and efficient ways of addressing the social service needs of the people in Dollar Bank’s communities is through support of the United Way. Giving includes facilities that promote community services such as youth programs, homeless centers, soup kitchens, health care facilities, battered women’s centers and alcohol and drug recovery centers.