COVID-19 Economic Impact and Recovery Funding

Request for Ideas (RFI)

Check this RFI Questions and Answer­s page to view all RFI-related questions and the Foundation’s response.

COVID-19 Economic Impact and Recovery Funding RFI applications closed April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

Please email questions about the RFI to 

As the region prepares for the long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and an eventual recovery, the Foundation requests ideas about how organizations acting collaboratively could address needs arising from the COVID-19 crisis. 

Priority consideration will be given to ideas that address:

  • Impact on Employees. Economic impacts of COVID-19 on small business and organizations which employ low- and moderate- income employees. Industries of interest include those where the Foundation has made significant prior investments in economic development and/or environmental restoration activities.
  • Social Safety Net. Increased needs for social safety net-related services after the immediate COVID-19 health crisis wanes, including mental health and substance abuse recovery; domestic violence and child abuse; support for basic needs such as housing and food; or safe shelter for animals whose owners can no longer care for them.
  • Employment. Workforce training and return-to-work supports for high school students and adults having difficulty finding employment.
  • Academic Assistance. Educational needs and gaps in academic attainment created by closures in early childhood learning centers, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities.
  • Jump-Starting the Regional Economy. Jump-starting regional economic activity in the aftermath of the COVID-19 health crisis, including incentives, marketing and communications, and other supports for regional industries, main street businesses, arts and culture, and entrepreneurs, among others.

Additional guidance can be found in the RFI submission form. RFI respondents should download, complete, and submit the form via email to by Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm. Respondents will be alerted if a full proposal will be requested by Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Future rounds of additional funding may be available and will be announced on this website and other media channels.

COVID-19 Response Initiatives

We have launched three initiatives that seek to support a regional COVID-19 response. To find additional information about each initiative click the link below.