Grantmaker Resources – Philanthropy’s Response for COVID-19

New Mexico Funder’s Support & Response

NMAG Members please share the processes you are implementing in response to COVID-19 and to support Grantees at this time. We are updating this web page on a regular basis.

The Albuquerque Community Foundation (“the Foundation”) and the United Way of Central New Mexico (“UWCNM”) have teamed up on a joint venture to deploy an Emergency Action Fund. Through this Fund, they are accepting requests for short-term funding to support operations of organizations that are struggling with immediate lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses due to COVID-19. Apply Today!

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico has set up a Together Las Cruces Fund in response to COVID-19. The Las Cruces community has faced an economic downturn in response to state-mandated orders, and local tourism and hospitality service workers are among the largest group to feel the effect. Thanks to a group of local restaurateurs, business owners, and philanthropists, residents of Doña Ana county won’t be fighting this battle alone – Together Las Cruces is available to assist families during this time of need. Click here for more information or to apply. 

Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits to apply for grants to provide basic needs to immigrants who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and unable to access federal and state resources. Con Alma will award grants to help nonprofits provide such basic needs as crisis intervention, food distribution, housing assistance, case management, civil rights and advocacy, and health care supplies and assistance. Click here for more information.

Los Alamos Community Foundation has set up Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds, as a hub for accepting donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses and distributing 100% of those funds rapidly to nonprofits, with priority to those on the front lines of COVID-19 response. For more information and to donate Click here

New Mexico Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the state to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. Learn More.

New statewide fund to respond to COVID-19 launches with over $1.1 million. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced a new fund established by the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The All Together NM Fund will be used to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead. Click here to donate. Or view the press release here: Response Fund Release.

The New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group is providing COVID-19 Emergency Response grants to support critical gaps in services that affect infants, toddlers, and their families during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Link:

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the NB3 Foundation has created the a COVID-19 Response Fund. This donor driven fund will support two primary areas within Native American communities: Access to nutritional food and clean water and Access to education opportunities and youth development. Over the next several weeks, this COVID-19 Response Fund will directly support families and children living within the Navajo Nation, New Mexico and tribes in South Dakota. To learn more or to donate Click here.

Santa Fe Community Foundation, in collaboration with an ever-growing list of partners, nonprofits and local governments, is activating the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide critical and timely resources to nonprofit organizations on the frontline of serving our communities during this unprecedented time. To donate to the fund Click here.

The worldwide health pandemic of COVID-19 has impacted millions of families across the nation. The Las Cruces community has faced an economic downturn in response to state-mandated orders, and local tourism and hospitality service workers are among the largest group to feel the effect. Thanks to a group of local restauranteurs, business owners, and philanthropists, residents of Doña Ana county won’t be fighting this battle alone – Together Las Cruces is available to assist families during this time of need. For more information or to donate, Click here.

Taos Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response Fund, that will deploy 100% of all contributions into the community. For more information on the fund and to donate, Click here.

The Thornburg Foundation, a Santa Fe-based family foundation, has announced $240,000 in grants to support nonprofit organizations serving the homeless, the hungry, children, and families in Santa Fe and Albuquerque who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation accelerated annual grants to these critical organizations, and then doubled each grant with a one-time operational increase in alignment with the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. For more information or to donate, Click here.

New Mexico Government Support & Response

Early Childhood

NewMexicoKids has two live surveys. One to inform who remains open for childcare and one specific to Emergency Responders. Click here to participate in these surveys


The City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Arts & Culture Project Recovery Fund have announced a Special 2020 Funding Cycle. These funds are for Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations Only – applicants must be a 501c3 non-profit organization. For more information, Click here.

Dona Ana County

Dona Ana County, NM has been selected to receive $119,303 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board. A local board made up of the Salvation Army, the Catholic Diocese, the United Way of Southwest New Mexico, Protestant Council of Churches, and the private sector will determine how the funds awarded to Dona Ana County, NM are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. For more information or to apply, Click here.

Grant County

Grant County, NM has been selected to receive $12,580 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. For more information or to receive an application, contact; Dotty Pfiefer [email protected]

Luna County

Luna Count, NM has been selected to receive $26,937 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. For more information or to receive an application, contact; Cheryl Lenhardt [email protected]

Santa Fe & Santa Fe County

National Funder’s Support & Response

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund: The CDC Foundation has set up a response fund to support localities impacted by the occurrence and spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. For more information or to donate Click here.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy offers advice (including a recorded webinar) on the roles philanthropy can play during pandemics.Click here to see their website. 

The De Colores Rapid Response Fund supports organizers responding to COVID-19. As the outbreak of COVID-19 presents growing and unprecedented challenges for organizers nationwide, the De Colores Rapid Response Fund, designed for strategic intervention in movement moments like this, offers grants of $500 to $1,000 to grassroots organizations working to make positive community interventions through strategic, organizing-focused approaches, especially in marginalized communities of color and working class communities. For more information, Click here. 

Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation: Provides emergency grants to help organizations immediately respond to the surge of demand for essential services from people directly impacted by COVID-19. Click here to donate or to apply. 

Early Childhood Funder’s Collaborative has emerging resources available. Click here to see their website. 

The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic. For almost 30 years, they have prioritized people around the world who are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and those most likely to be left behind as HIV treatment and care expands. Today, those people become extra vulnerable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are launching a new COVID-19 Emergency Fund that can protect the people they have always sought to serve through HIV care, treatment and prevention, as well as mitigating the damage that COVID-19 can do. For more information, Click here. 

The Emergent Fund provides funding for emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions and for efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Funds will go to organizations that (1) are mobilizing to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities; (2) are utilizing power-building strategies including but not limited to digital organizing, membership development and outreach, narrative development, direct action; and (3) are led by communities of color. For more information, Click here. 

The Ford Foundation share how US philanthropists are pledging their commitments to provide more flexible funding for their grantees, given the current crisis. Click here to see their website.

The Groundswell Fund provides fast funding to grassroots organizations led by women of color, trans people of color, and low-income women and trans people in critical, but unexpected, fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice. During this acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fund has broadened its Rapid Response Fund criteria to support organizing groups to respond to the immediate needs of their communities. For more information, Click here. 

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP): The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the often invisible and yet essential services provided by Latino and Latin American workers across the country and has deepened the economic and social disparities already impacting our communities. There are countless community leaders and organizations actively providing the first line of defense, building power and leadership in our communities, and ensuring our essential workers are safe and supported. This is why HIP has launched the Essential Fund. For more information, Click here. 

The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities within the next 15-45 days to provide gap resources during this health crisis. For more information, Click here. 

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created the Rapid Response: Racism is a Virus Too fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities. For more information and to download the RFP Click here. 

No Kid Hungry provides emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need. For more information, Click here. 

PetSmart Charities has funds are available to support authorized designated responders providing relief during large-scale natural disasters including response to COVID-19. Funds are aimed toward support of rescue, relief, response, and recovery efforts of owned pets. For more information Click here. 

The Rockefeller Foundation Commits $20 million in COVID-19 Assistance to create a better tracking and management system for COVID-19 and address the needs of America’s workers, families, and vulnerable communities around the world. To read the article Click here.

Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and countries, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. For more information, Click here. 

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights was built for moments like this, where providing quick infusions of support can address immediate and urgent needs. As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies and spreads, we know that it will have a significant and disproportionate impact on the health and wellbeing of women, LGBTQ activists, Black and Brown communities, and those living with disabilities. For more information, Click here. 

Wells Fargo wants to help nonprofit partners and those most vulnerable in our communities in this challenging moment and are adjusting their grant-making processes to address the current and potentially longer-term impacts of COVID-19. Wells Fargo is redeploying their existing local philanthropy budgets to focus on COVID-19 economic impact and recovery in the markets they serve and will make 2020 grant dollars unrestricted, whenever possible. For more information, Click here. 

Other Funding Resources

New Mexico Caregivers Coalition is offering immediate Caregiver Emergency Child Care Grants to New Mexico’s caregivers and home care workers who have a young child/children (aged 0-12) in child care settings. Click here for more information or to download an application. 

The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation are thrilled to announce that the application portal for the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities is now open. Click here. This joint $1 million grantmaking initiative seeks to identify, test, and advance holistic solutions that empower immigrant communities as well as those that address common barriers that impede workforce integration among low-wage workers. 

United Way of Eddy County announced the Eddy County Emergency Relief Fund is available to Eddy County nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response.  Thank you to Chevron for their generous donation and all the other donors to this fund. For more information, Click here. 

Business Related Loans

New Mexico Economic Development Department is adjusting its business-loan guarantee programs in order to make capital more available to business owners whose operations are severely impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here for more information from the NMEDD and their partners. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term loans for physical and economic damage caused by a declared disaster. All Counties in New Mexico are eligible for disaster loans due to the COVID-19 health emergency through the SBA. Click here for more information. 

Federal Grants

For information on Federal Grant availability, please visit The Grant Plant’s website. 

Stay Informed

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Newsroom (UNMHS)
Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham Newsroom

Resources for Funders

Funding Summary for COVID-19
Candid has released a new page on its website which is tracking the latest funding to respond to the outbreak, as well as related news and RFPs. The page updates automatically as data and news are added to the database. The data is derived from news articles and other sources, and funders who directly share their funding data with Candid. 

Disaster Funding Map
This map is a data visualization application developed by Candid in partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy showing giving for disasters, including coronavirus. 

Rapid Grantee Feedback in a Challenging Time
Center for Effective Philanthropy’s rapid-response grantee feedback tool is designed to help you gather a comprehensive picture of what your grantees are experiencing during the ever-changing context of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent economic challenges. This five-minute tool is designed to help you identify specific grantees in need of immediate support as well as general themes to help you focus your efforts now.

Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit
The Communications Network started a Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit — to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits covering many of the tasks you’re likely attending to.

COVID-19 – Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do 
As governments, businesses, and individuals scramble to respond to the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic, those of us who work in the social sector rightly ask what we can do to effectively contribute. 

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