NEW: Since President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law on March 11, 2021, state education agencies (SEAs) have been working to maximize the impact of the $122 billion in federal education funds to support students impacted by the pandemic. Districts must spend a minimum of 20% of their funds on learning loss, which explicitly calls out summer and afterschool programs as an allowable use.

Check out examples of states using COVID relief funds to partner with afterschool and summer learning programs, and then use our toolkit to reach out to your school districts and local education leaders.


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The Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund

Deadline: Most recent deadline (6/5) has passed, check site.

The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. Through the Innovation Fund, the Foundation is specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work. 


Nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Individuals, teams of individuals, and eligible for-profit organizations can apply for microgrants of up to $10,000. 

Walter Cerf Community Fund

Deadline: Most recent deadline (6/26) has passed, check site.

The Walter Cerf Community Fund (WCCF) makes grants to address charitable needs in the state of Vermont. Priority interests are the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services, reflecting the pattern of giving established by Mr. Cerf over many years. Within these issue areas, there is a strong desire to support work that addresses the needs of underserved populations. The WCCF prefers proposals that encourage cooperation, collaboration, and community building. We highly value the input of the Preservation Trust and strongly encourage grantseekers for historic preservation projects to consult with the Trust before submitting an application. The WCCF will rarely fund an entire project, but favors projects which have support from a variety of sources.


Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are located in or serve the people of Vermont. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency, school, or municipality in the state of Vermont. Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another eligible organization acts as a fiscal sponsor.

The One SC COVID-19 Response Fund

Deadline: Most recent deadline (5/30) has passed, check site.

The One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response is a partnership between SC Grantmakers Network, Together SC, and the United Way Association of SC. The funds will be held at Central Carolina Community Foundation.  The funds deployed will enhance the efforts already underway in several counties and regions across South Carolina and will be used to address gaps in the response efforts, including support for communities that lack resources or an organized philanthropic response. 

The One SC COVID-19 Response Fund will support nonprofits that are providing direct services in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Priority will be given to organizations serving under-resourced counties as well as those working with populations disproportionately impacted by this crisis in the areas of basic needs (food and water, shelter, safety and security).


An organization must:

  • Be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), nonprofit entity or must make use of a fiscal agent that has a 501(c)(3) designation.
  • Complete an online application
  • Provide a detailed project budget
  • Provide their organization’s most recent 990 (please contact the One SC grant contact if this creates an undue burden on the applicant)

North Central Accountable Community of Health: COVID-19 Community Support Fund (Washington State) 

Deadline: Most recent deadline (5/29) has passed, check site.

In an effort to support our region during the COVID-19 pandemic, NCACH has developed the COVID-19 Community Support Fund to support the success of response efforts of community organizations and groups. We are awarding a total of $150,000 across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties.


This opportunity is open to: nonprofits, schools and other education providers, and community groups who have mobilized in response to COVID-19 (with the support of a fiscal sponsor).

NCACH is granting $150,000 to community groups, schools, and nonprofits through our new COVID-19 Community Support Fund, which awards up to $5,000 for projects and initiatives that promote communities staying home and staying healthy.
This funding is for critical equipment or resources that support communities who are isolated or social distancing, and/or supporting essential workers and their families.
Applications will be accepted and funded on a weekly basis until May 29th.
Limit one request per organization.

Landmarks Illinois COVID-19 Organization Relief Grants 

Deadline: Most recent deadline (5/15) has passed, check site.

Landmarks Illinois COVID-19 Organization Relief Grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations in the state of Illinois that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thirteen $2,000 grants will be awarded to provide unrestricted funds for expenditures that include but not limited to:

  • Staff and contractor payroll, taxes and processing fees
  • Rent/mortgage payments
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Loan principal and interest payments
  • Digital access improvements (such as server upgrades, social media, website and presentation platforms)
  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with an annual budget of less than $1 million or fewer than seven FTE employees.
  • The applicant’s purpose or programming must align with Landmarks Illinois’ mission: People Saving Places for People.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a critical need as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 due to significant projected or actual disruption in contributed or earned revenue and/or the immediate need to make digital improvements for operational and/or programmatic purposes.
  • Applicants must possess the capacity to manage the grant funds prudently.
  • A follow-up report of the project is required to be submitted to Landmarks Illinois within a determined time period.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s MKE Responds Fund

Deadline: Most recent deadline (5/15) has passed, check site.

In response ot the COVID-19 outbreak, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has created the MKE Responds Fund to address emergency funding needs for organizations impacted by the pandemic. Current funding priorities include: 

  • FOOD: Ensuring nonprofits can secure and purchase food, distribute to individuals, families and organizations serving those in greatest need
  • HOUSING & SHELTER: Supporting shelter operations including increased hours, and expansion of temporary and permanent housing stock to prevent and reduce new homelessness 
  • MEDICAL SERVICES/CLINICS: Increasing medical access through coordination of testing and care systems, and support expanding clinics serving low-income families; this has also been the focus of our partner, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin
  • MENTAL HEALTH: Responding to the trauma and mental health needs of the community during this time of heightened stress and isolation
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD AND K-12 EDUCATION: Supporting early childhood education centers and system and K-12 schools, including financial support for staff, family communication, remote enrichment/learning activities

While this round of funding is focused on emergency needs, additional funding is available through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Grants Portal, linked on the announcement. 


501c3 organizations serving the Milkwaukee area


Deadline: Most recent deadline (12/31) has passed, check site.

The National Geographic Society recognizes that educators, who are among the many dedicated individuals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, are pioneering new ways of teaching so that students can continue learning.

The fund will distribute support ranging from US $1,000–$8,000 to individual educators (or to an individual educator working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers) to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in remote or hybrid learning environments. Priority for this opportunity will be given to educators working in communities that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and who have not previously received National Geographic funding. 

Your work must do one of the following: 

  • Use the power of science, social studies, and/or geography to help students understand the challenges and impacts of pandemics such as COVID-19
  • Use the power of science, social studies, and/or geography to help educators teach social and/or environmental justice
  • Adapt one of National Geographic’s science or social studies units for elementary, middle, or high school audiences (refer to our online Resource Library) to address your curricular needs and for use in a hybrid learning environment and develop a teacher’s guide accordingly
  • Draw on the concepts and pedagogy in the National Geographic Learning Framework or the National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process to design instructional resources or projects that meet the goals of this opportunity
  • Design innovative methodologies and practices for science, social studies, and/or geography teaching and learning in a hybrid environment
  • Design innovative ways to bring the world to students and help them bridge their personal experiences to a more global perspective on critical issues (e.g., pandemics, social or environmental justice, racial justice, sustainability, climate)

The resources developed via this funding must be scalable across different schools and communities and will be made accessible to all educators through the National Geographic Society website. Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as compensation for the time they devote to the proposed project, as well as the time of any co-creators. All application materials must be in English. Upon approval, immediate start dates are acceptable. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice. We will strive to send out decisions every two weeks, but the volume of submissions might slow that process at times. To provide additional guidance during the application process, the Society is offering weekly virtual “Design Labs” for educators to talk directly with their peers and Society staff for ideation, inspiration and technical support. Educators can also ask questions by visiting @NatGeoEducation on Twitter.

The Gray Family Foundation Environmental Education Grant Program

Deadline: Most recent deadline (11/13) has passed, check site.

The Gray Family Foundation’s Environmental Education program seeks to support programs that stimulate or promote the teaching of environmental education in K-12 environments and increases outdoor experiences for youth.

This year, Gray Family Foundation seeks proposals that stimulate or promote the teaching of environmental education in formal and informal K-12 educational environments to increase outdoor experiences for youth – either during the school day, as part of distance or virtual learning, or as a service or opportunity offered to families and youth outside of the context of the school setting. Gray Family Foundation’s Environmental Education Grant Program is focused on projects/programs that benefit 3rd-8th grade youth. Gray FF will fund proposals that best demonstrate alignment with our priorities and reflect our values towards equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

In 2021, we are offering three options through our Environmental Education grant program. Gray FF is interested in reviewing proposals for a range of funding levels that best serve the specific needs of your program. During this grant cycle, we are also especially interested in supporting opportunities for organizations, schools, and/or school districts to use and integrate outdoor spaces (e.g. schoolyards, playgrounds, nearby parks or natural areas) into student learning as a method for both engaging students and reducing risk for students and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Option 1: Equity-Focused Capacity-Building
  • Option 2: Youth Field Experiences
  • Option 3: Educator Training and Professional Development

The Gray Family Foundation will consider proposals submitted by schools, districts, colleges, tribal entities, government agencies, or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations serving Oregon. 

Enrichment and Innovation Grants
Deadline: Varies, check site.
The CSDE recently announced the recipients of the Department’s summer grant programs – Enrichment and Innovation Grants – which will deploy over $8.6M into communities, helping organizations deliver high-quality and accessible summer enrichment opportunities to children across Connecticut. We encourage school districts to partner with local organizations, building on their summer learning efforts, to maximize funding and leverage the state’s investment to serve as many students as possible. Expansion grants will offer up to $25,000 to local organizations that provide existing enrichment, and innovation grants will offer up to $250,000 to regional or statewide entities seeking to provide bold and innovative summer programming at scale.
School districts and community organizations
Massachusetts Summer Learning Opportunities
Deadline: Varies, check site.
The Baker-Polito Administration announced the availability of more than $70 million in funding and resources for school districts and community organizations to offer summer learning and recreational programs that will help students, who have been impacted by a year of remote and hybrid learning, grow academically and socially. Grant opportunities include Acceleration Academies, which allow students to learn and build skills working intensively on one subject in small, hands-on learning environments with excellent teachers; Summer School Matching Grants for school districts to offer 4-to-6-week, in-person programs with a mix of in-person academic and recreational activities; Summer Step Up, a program aimed at giving extra support to young learners entering school in the fall; among others.
School districts and community organizations