COVID-19 Outbreak Resources

General COVID-19 Information

Updated: Friday, September 18, 2020

Communities around the globe are currently responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease, known commonly as "COVID -19", which is caused by the virus “SARS-CoV-2”.  The virus has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. For the most up-to-date recommendations regarding health and safety, we encourage you to consult:

As we do during times of disaster, Maryland Philanthropy Network will serve as a clearinghouse for resources and information about relief and recovery efforts to aid Maryland's philanthropies response. The tabs on this page will be updated as new information is received, so please check it regularly. Please read our Statement about COVID-19.

The Governor's Office will continue to update the public throughout this rapidly evolving public health event. Live updates are streamed to the governor’s FacebookTwitter, and YouTube pages. 

211 is the coronavirus helpline for the State of Maryland in partnership with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and Maryland Department of Health. People can call 211 or sign up to receive alerts and resources related to COVID-19 text “MdReady” to 898211.

On March 20, we along with Maryland Nonprofits and United Way of Central Maryland sent this Letter to Maryland's Leadership outlining ways to support the nonprofit community and the communities they serve during these times of uncertainty.

Grantmaker Resources

7 ways to Support Grantees Right Now

Maryland Philanthropy Network has created this list of 7 Ways to Support Grantees Right Now based on best practices and filled with examples from our network.

Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking

A joint study of the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations determined that grantmakers can be more effective and strategic in addressing disasters by following eight principles of good disaster management.

  1. Do no harm.
  2. Stop, look and listen before taking action.
  3. Don't act in isolation.
  4. Think beyond the immediate crisis to the long term.
  5. Bear in mind the expertise of local organizations.
  6. Find out how prospective grantees operate.
  7. Be accountable to those you are trying to help.
  8. Communicate your work widely and use it as an educational tool.

A number of practical suggestions for good disaster grantmaking flow from these principles and are highlighted in "Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations". The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is another a compilation of philanthropic strategies, promising practices and lessons learned that help communities be better prepared when a disaster strikes their community.

Click here for more resources about disaster grantmaking.

Additional Grantmaking Resources

Nonprofit + Small Business Resources

This is a list of COVID-19 related resources including Federal/State/local government grant and loan programs. Additional funding opportunities from predominately Maryland Philanthropy Network member organizations (including Maryland Community Foundations) are listed on the Response Funds Tab. This list is updated daily. 


General Resources

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Additional General Resources

Nonprofit Specific Resources

Small Business, Artist, and Freelancer Specific Resources

COVID-19 Response Funds

This is a list of COVID-19 related funding opportunities from predominately Maryland Philanthropy Network member organizations. Government grant and loan programs are listed on the Nonprofit and Small Business Resource Tab. This list is sorted alphabetically and updated daily. 

If you are aware of a relevant fund not currently listed here, please e-mail chaase@marylandphilanthropy.org.


Artist Relief was established to support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Anne Arundel Community Foundation's Community Crisis Response Fund will provide flexible financial assistance for needs immediately following a violent incident, natural disaster or other crisis in our community. Funding will go to Anne Arundel County nonprofits, and/or county agencies and departments to support community capacity building and/or community healing. The goal of the fund is to improve community safety, well-being and resiliency.

The Associated COVID-19 Fund was created to help Jewish Baltimore unite as one and respond to the needs of the Jewish community in Baltimore.  The fund will help those whose mental health will take a toll during these times of social distancing. We need to support the vulnerable people who may already be socially isolated, in fragile health, or in financial crisis.

Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund was established to give the most effective way to provide timely aid to Baltimore artists through a nimble, localized relief fund that provides artists with a stipend ensuring that basic human needs are met. This coalition effort is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts with funding support from T. Rowe Price Foundation, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Grit Fund, and Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network.  

Baltimore City COVID-19 Temporary Rent Support was launched by Baltimore City to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. The program will support eligible renters by making rent payments to landlords.

Baltimore Immigrant Community Fund: Emergency Relief for Immigrant Families seeks to raise funds to help provide economic stability for Baltimore City immigrant families and individuals who cannot work and have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. Funds raised through the collaborative will be used to provide direct assistance to immigrant families residing in the City of Baltimore. This direct assistance will help families achieve economic stability by using funds towards rent, utilities and/or other basic needs.

Baltimore Community Foundation's COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund was established to enable rapid response to mitigate the effects of the public health emergency our region is currently facing. One hundred percent of all donated funds will go directly to address the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our region’s communities, workforce, and vulnerable populations. 

Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will support the County’s efforts to promote public health and support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. By creating a fund that is managed by an external partner (BCF), the County will be able to accept donations from individuals as well as foundations and corporate donors in furtherance of its efforts to help County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will be managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, a local foundation that manages more than 800 philanthropic funds and $173 million in assets. 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Emergency Response Fund to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), crowdsourcing fund through the "All of Us Combat Coronavirus”: CDC is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans against coronavirus, COVID-2019.  Funds raised by the CDC Foundation through our Emergency Response Fund will be used to meet emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund provides an opportunity for donors to meet the ongoing and ever-expanding challenges presented by this virus. 

CERF+ COVID-19 Response Fund provides emergency financial relief to be a critical safety-net for those artists who are suffering severe health impacts from the coronavirus.

CLLCTIVLY: Black Futures Solidarity Fund was established to support micro-grants for Baltimore’s Black-led Changemakers. As noted in The Case for Funding Black-led Social Change, there has been a long pattern of philanthropic neglect and under-investment in the infrastructure of Black institutions. This fund was established to support those in need and to contribute to the vitality and health of our community.

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was created as a joint effort by area community partners. Qualifying nonprofits and organizations which assist those impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the Lower Shore Community will be eligible to apply for initial grants of up to $2,000. As the global pandemic unfolds, the Lower Shore community, including particularly vulnerable populations, continues to be severely impacted.

Community Foundation of Frederick County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants will be used to support nonprofits who directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Programmatic impacts may include, but are not limited to, emergency shelter, financial stability programs, transportation needs, prescriptions and medical supplies, food and food supplies for seniors, and suicide prevention and other mental health services.

Community Foundation of Harford County Cares Fund supports non-profits in their work to provide services for individuals affected by the virus.

DC Education Equity Fund has been established at the Greater Washington Community Foundation in partnership with Education Forward DC and the DC Public Education Fund. This fund will support Mayor Bowser in her efforts to ensure equity and excellence for all students, even – and especially – during this unprecedented time.

Federal Reserve Bank Investment Connection brings together nonprofit organizations, bankers, foundations, and public and private funders in the regions served by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond to explore community development opportunities that fit their mission, especially in low- and moderate-income, distressed and underserved communities.

Fund for Educational Excellence's Emergency School Closure Support Fund will be used to provide vital resources to Baltimore City Public School families and schools during this time of school closure. Funds will be used to purchase essential supplies for families and schools, with a primary focus on purchasing 30lb boxes of food through the Maryland Food Bank that we can send home with families who visit our emergency meal sites.

Give2Asia is partnering with leading Chinese nonprofit organizations to support frontline health workers and hospitals responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Greater Baltimore COVID-19 Response Fund is a streamlined opportunity for nonprofit organizations in Baltimore (City and County), Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Harford Counties to apply for funding to sustain, deepen, or pivot their operations to address critical needs in local communities resulting from the pandemic. Together these philanthropic organizations and families have committed to deploying $1.2 million to meet a wide range of urgent challenges communities are facing.

Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established to support emergency preparedness and response efforts, and to help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Emergency Grants (Phase 1) in Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis will support current grantees that are providing vital services within their communities while facing severe operational challenges as a result of this pandemic. The Foundation is also accelerating payment of several previously approved grants to ensure that organizations have use of those funds as quickly as possible.

HoCoRespond Funds are a coordinated effort by Howard County funders to rapidly raise and deploy critical resources to nonprofits on the frontlines of responding to the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities in Howard County. Including Community Foundation of Howard County, The Horizon FoundationUnited Way of Central Maryland, and Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund was established to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Native American Community Response Fund was created to provide grants to Native American nonprofits on the ground to ensure that they are better equipped to care for our most vulnerable - relatives facing food insecurity, access to housing, and our low-income elderly.

Open Road Alliance Charitable Grants and Loans were established for organizations engaging in direct COVID-19 response. We will prioritize organizations and activities that have a clear and direct role in ‘flattening the curve’ and thus limiting, shortening, or minimizing the economic and social, as well as health effects of the pandemic.

United Way of Washington County and the Community Foundation of Washington County's joint COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to support Washington County community-based organizations. This fund will deliver economic assistance and access to vital food and basic need supplies to the many children, families, and households who already have and will be impacted by the temporary loss of income. 

Warnock COVID-19 Emergency Fund was established for all previous Warnock fellows who are working in emergency mode to ensure our communities have the basic necessities and services during this trying time. Former fellows can access up to $500 in emergency funds to continue their work. This funding must go towards a current initiative for Baltimore City communities during this COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to lighten the burdens placed on our fellows during this trying time.

County Specific Resources

View the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard here. Many jurisdictions have custom dashboards on their resource pages as well. 
Monday, April 06, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:00 PM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:30 PM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:00 to 11:00 AM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 at 10:00 to 11:00 AM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:30 PM

Please join Maryland Philanthropy Network for this first in a series of conversations about how inequities in digital access are impacting our communities during the pandemic and what can be done to address immediate needs.  This first conversation will provide an overview on the situation in Baltimore.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 02:30 to 03:30 PM

Join us for a deeper dive into the Food Assistance landscape. In addition to current situation and challenges seen by our City and County partners, we’ll also hear about the Fund for Educational Excellence’s COVID-19 Food Stability Fund and will discuss possible solutions and ideas for collaboration.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10:00 to 11:00 AM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 02:00 to 03:00 PM

During this conversation, we’ll learn what arts intermediaries are hearing from their constituents as we move forward from the COVID-19 and related economic crises; what capacity arts intermediaries need to meet the demands and needs of the people they serve; and how arts intermediaries are prioritizing the work.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:00 to 11:00 AM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10:00 to 11:00 AM

This week’s call with Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative will include a presentation from Alma Roberts and Tonga Turner from Kaiser Permanente about a new community resource network as part of the Bold Moves Toward Recovery initiative.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:00 to 11:00 AM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Friday, August 07, 2020 at 10:00 to 11:00 AM

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, we are convening members, grantees, and government sector partners to stay connected, informed, and to support collaborative action. Our conversation will include updates from Baltimore City and Baltimore County on eviction prevention and housing stability efforts as related to COVID-19.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 02:00 to 03:30 PM

During our June conversation about Reopening our Workplaces, we decided to re-convene toward the end of the summer. Now that we have a better sense of what schools are doing, we are creating a space to discuss your current questions and considerations around returning to the office and supporting your employees through the end of the year.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 02:30 to 04:00 PM

Maryland Philanthropy Network invites you to join a variety of experts who will be sharing their insights into the issues providers supporting the developmental disability community are facing during the pandemic, what supports are available, and what gaps remain. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 03:00 to 05:15 PM

Join Maryland Philanthropy Network's Affinity Group on Aging for a special virtual forum highlighting research on the health impact of social isolation and loneliness among Older Adults contributing to higher rates of mortality, depression, and cognitive decline.

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10/15/2020

After decades of struggle, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave women in the United States the right to vote. This hard-won right foretold the increasing presence of women not only in the voting booth, but also in the workplace.

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10/02/2020

The Building Movement Project’s report, On the Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism, shines a spotlight on how 2020’s social upheavals are affecting people of color-led (POC) nonprofit organizations and their communities, programs, leadership, and financial sustainability. The report also provides recommendations to strengthen these nonprofits, leaders of color, and their communities well beyond the crisis response and recovery period and for decades to come.

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08/19/2020

ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

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07/30/2020

Over the last four months, organizations around the globe have surveyed foundations, nonprofits, civil society organizations, and individuals to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them.

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07/09/2020

Maryland’s chief provider of grants to groups offering free legal aid to low-income residents faces a nearly $7 million pandemic-driven shortfall, the executive director of the Maryland Legal Services Corp. said Thursday.

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07/06/2020

The Fulton Forward Foundation recently donated $75,000 to the Washington County COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. The fund is a campaign organized by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County.

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06/25/2020

A new food security fund will help Montgomery County nonprofits and residents get access to a steady supply of food. The new Montgomery County Food Security Fund will establish a response strategy and help cover costs for tackling hunger in the co

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06/19/2020

We are in a trifecta of crises that threatens our nation’s public health, economic security and democracy. Though this pandemic is new, racism and economic injustice are not. The pandemic has served to further reveal preexisting inequities in housing, education, health care, food security, policing and criminal justice, income and employment.

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06/12/2020

Maryland Legal Services Corporation is facing a funding decline of approximately $4.5 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1, threatening the availability of crucial civil legal services as Maryland recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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06/02/2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and rising levels of hunger in communities nationally, United Way Worldwide is expanding Ride United, its transportation access initiative, to launch a “last mile” home delivery program that brings food and suppl

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05/07/2020

Protective films around bus drivers, temperature checks at schoolhouse doors, playgrounds marked with social distancing markers.

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05/04/2020

On May 4, WYPR held a program on  the role of non-profits and philanthropies in confronting the community challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as seen through the experience of two local leaders. How are charities and grant makers responding

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04/28/2020

It is not news to anyone that the Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on nonprofits, many of which are working with the communities hardest hit by this disease. In the past month, many nonprofit organizations have been on a pause.

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04/27/2020

In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, Mark and Susan Butt have come forward in a big way to provide funding to help The Community Foundation of Frederick County respond to emergency needs related to COVID-19.

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04/27/2020

THE CORONAVIRUS has thrown many of the ills of American society into sharp relief: slow decision-making, inequality and a safety-net full of holes. A superpower that should have been well prepared to fight the pandemic is floundering instead.

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04/10/2020

Every crisis opens a course to the unknown. In an eye-blink, the impossible becomes possible. History in a sprint can mean a dark, lasting turn for the worse, or a new day of enlightened public policy. Be still, my heart, but I see the latter.

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04/09/2020

Through a new partnership, 10,000 needy families in the city will receive half a million diapers over the next two months, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr.

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04/06/2020

To my community foundation colleagues, 

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04/03/2020

We have spent a great deal of time in recent weeks connecting with our clients and friends who oversee endowments and foundations, listening to their concerns and offering counsel as we all navigate this pandemic and its impact on our communities.

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04/01/2020

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced the launch of the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which he says will support residents and promote public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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03/30/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has now reached every U.S. state. In addition to posing public health challenges, the outbreak has prompted mass closures of schools and businesses and is straining resources. Here are ways to help in your community.

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03/30/2020

For most of us, COVID-19 global pandemic’s breathtaking impact on the well-being and security of our family, friends, and neighbors and on our economy, healthcare, social services, and beyond has moved from abstractness to a harsh reality.

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03/26/2020

Half of Maryland jobs are in small businesses--most now shut down in the pandemic, like the rest of the economy.  We talk with Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz to hear about 

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03/23/2020

The truest test of any society is how its most marginalized members fare during times of crisis. While many of our lives are being inconvenienced during this COVID-19 crisis, roughly 53,000 children in low-income families in the District ― most of which are families of color ― are facing significant challenges from many angles.

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03/23/2020

In this time, more than ever, our local businesses need the community’s support. It may feel like a conflicting message, we’re being told to stay home and to interact with local businesses, but both are incredibly important.

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03/18/2020

The financial, emotional, and physical toll that the COVID-19 health pandemic has put on our country can’t be overstated. This is a time for federal policymakers to come together – using every policy lever possible, every public resource available

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03/13/2020

On March 11th, the World Health Organization announced that the CoronaVirus, COVID-19, is a global pandemic. With this news it is easy and also legitimate for us to feel stress, concern, and even fear.