Funding and Resources

The Urgent Action Fund is providing grants for feminist activists working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.  The Fund prioritizes activities related to such things as wellness, community care, remote work and digital gatherings, online advocacy campaigns, COVID-19 awareness campaigns, and supporting vulnerable populations. 


OutRight Action International has launched a fund that offers emergency financial assistance to LGBTIQ organizations that are addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the global LGBTIQ community. 


The Global Greengrants Fund’s resource hub is a repository linking to external websites that provide information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as funding sources and tools for organizing in this context.


Recognizing that people living with AIDS are extremely vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has launched a fund to provide grants to fund solutions to address the specific challenges faced by those living with AIDS during this time. Projects should focus on mitigating the threat of COVID-19 to HIV/AIDS-positive individuals and/or increasing access to HIV healthcare programs.


LGBT Funders has compiled a substantial list of rapid response resources for organizations and individuals seeking to address the unique impact of COVID-19 on the global LGBTI community.


Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX) has launched a fund to support organizations providing support to communities to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The grants will go to organizations working on such issues as access to information, rural healthcare, supporting those who have lost their jobs, infrastructure in informal settlements to promote social distancing, and broader safety concerns, including gender-based violence and police brutality.


The Open Technology Fund provides grants to organizations working to ensure internet freedom and access to information globally.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OTF is increasing the pool of funding available to organizations specifically working on access to information relating to the pandemic. Projects and grant applications working on COvid-19 interventions are being prioritized. 


Peace First has begun offering rapid response grants to address COVID-19.  The grants will go to young individuals and activists launching projects to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 around the world. 


This fund from national geographic will provide funding for journalists all over the world working to cover COVID-19 and its impact in their communities. Grants prioritize projects that aim to deliver news and information to underserved communities. 


Format is providing $500 grants to freelance photographers who have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 


Pen America is providing grants of $500 to $1,000 to writers who demonstrate an acute financial need due to the pandemic. 


This fund provides support to independent women and non-binary photojournalists coping with loss of business income due to the pandemic.


The IWMF is taking relief fund cases from women-identifying journalists who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. They currently accept cases in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese for up to $2,000. 


The Soze Foundation has begun a fund to support artists and activists whose work has been directly impacted by the coronavirus. It is currently only accepting applicants based in the US but is exploring ways to provide grants to activists and artists globally. 


The International Center for Journalists is offering awards for journalists from around the world covering the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees should be journalists who have pioneered coverage or media innovations of the pandemic that have had a great impact.


Substack is donating $100,000 in grants to independent writers on Substack who are experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic.


The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation is offering grants to CSOs working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on projects to mitigate the effect of the pandemic.  Projects should focus on rapid assistance for vulnerable groups, preserving good governance and accountability, countering fake news, and more broadly adjusting to the new reality that coronavirus has created. 


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is providing grants to non-profit organizations working to combat the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic among vulnerable populations.