Request for Proposals

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program

Please visit our online grantee portal to apply. 

FCH is committed to investing in opportunities that mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 locally, in both the short and long term. Our intention with the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program is to increase the capacity of organizations that meet basic needs of individuals and families and support small nonprofits within our community that serve vulnerable members of our community, whose needs are only exacerbated in crises.

FCH is now accepting proposals for up to $15,000 during this first phase of funding. We request that proposals during this initial phase, focus on the following:

  • strengthening community safety nets
  • helping our most vulnerable community members with preparedness
  • supporting organizations’ capacity for risk communications and telework solutions                                                               

Eligible organizations are 501(c)3 organizations, that serve residents in the greater Harlem Valley of New York and the northern Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and have an operating budget at or under 1 million dollars annually. Requested funds can be used for general operating support.

Please visit our online grantee portal to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 8th, 2020 and will be reviewed weekly. Applications will be reviewed for a clear articulation of need caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a concise explanation of how funds will address the expressed need, and the organization's demonstrated record of working with vulnerable members of our community. 

To see details of recently funded proposals, in response to COVID-19. Please see our Past Grants list.

Questions about this or have an idea that you want to discuss further? Please contact FCH’s program officer, Natashea Winters at

Future Funding Opportunities

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program is the first phase of a multi-phase approach to support our local social service organizations. In subsequent phases, FCH will create two long-term investment strategies. Specifically, we will work with fellow funders in our community to enhance local access to state and federal stimulus opportunities and develop a strategic long-term grant program that will support the resiliency of our local social services. These funding opportunities will be finalized in the next couple of months and publicized widely.

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