The novel coronavirus and resulting COVID-19 disease is a rapidly unfolding situation in North Carolina and across the globe. The effects of the outbreak are likely to be widespread, and will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable among us. With this in mind, NCNG is compiling information and resources related to the outbreak, as well as philanthropy’s response. If there are resources you suggest we add to this page, please let us know.


COVID-19 Grants & Response Funds

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has announced their initial response to support grantee partners during the coronavirus outbreak. They are starting with these four actions:  Providing immediate cash for short-term needs ($10,000 to all current board-approved grantee partners), extending most grants by one year and frontloading them, contributing to place-based responses across the South (up to 10, $25,000 contributions to organizations with existing relationships), and bolstering community development financial institutions. Read more here.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will contribute $500,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund created to assist the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. 

Golden LEAF Foundation is deploying $15 milliion in funding to launch a COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program that will provide loans of up to $50,000 with zero interest and no payments for six months. If not repaid in six months, the loan will convert to a term loan. More Details here.

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust will deploy $1.5 Million in Immediate, Flexible Funding to Respond to COVID-19 in NC. More Details Here.

Triangle Community Foundation has mobilized $75,000 from its Fund for the Triangle to immediately assist rapid response efforts in their community. Triangle Community Foundation's Fund for the Triangle is made possible by generous donors and fundholders and is a source of permanent unrestricted funding for the community and allows the Foundation to be nimble when needs arise.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, in partnership with the Dogwood Health Trust, activated its Emergency and Disaster Response Fund to accept and strategically disburse funds to address COVID-19 pandemic response and relief efforts in 18 counties of Western North Carolina including the Qualla Boundary. On March 25, the Foundation announced 38 grants totaling $286,800 from its Response Fund to nonprofits addressing COVID-19 pandemic response. The grants respond to immediate needs not currently covered by other emergency funding sources. They fall into broad categories including hunger mitigation, physical and mental health, emergency childcare and support for marginalized people. A complete list of grants is available at

The Outer Banks Community Foundation launched a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Program, with a first grant providing home internet access to every student in the Dare County School System. The foundation also awarded $56,050 in response grants to eigh local nonprofits for basic, urgent needs.

The COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County was established by a partnership between United Way of Forsyth CountyThe Winston-Salem Foundation, the City of Winston-SalemForsyth County, and Community Organizations Active in Disaster to support local community members impacted by the novel coronavirus. The fund will help not just those who get sick but also those who are economically impacted. As of March 24, more than $3,000,000 has been raised for the fund, with donations ranging from $10 to $1,000,000, from individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and foundations. Nonprofits can now access the COVID-19 grant application at

United Way of Central Carolinas
and Foundation For The Carolinas have partnered to launch the COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund will support a range of nonprofits assisting the people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 30, nearly $3 million has been awarded to 14 local nonprofits in the first round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund. To date, more than $11 million has been raised for the fund from corporations, foundations, individuals and local government.

The Clemmons Community Foundation has established two COVID-19 local response funds to help the communities they serve – a fund serving Clemmons and Lewisville and a fund serving Yadkin County.

The Cumberland Community Foundation has created the Cumberland County Schools Fund for Emergency Student Needs. This fund was created to support the emergency needs of students of Cumberland County Schools, including but not limited to tools necessary to learn at home (Chromebooks, internet access, mobile hot spots in neighborhoods), emergency assistance for food and clothing, and other support for students in need. To learn more, please visit their website at this link.

The Gaston Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of Gaston County, City of Gastonia, Gaston County, Duke Energy, and the Gaston Business Task Force to accept and strategically disburse funds to address the COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts in Gaston County.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County has established a COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of Henderson County.

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point has established a COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of Greater High Point, Wells Fargo, and other local organizations.

Wells Fargo has announced comprehensive steps to help customers, communities and employees grappling with the impact of COVID-19. On March 20, the Wells Fargo Foundation announced it will provide $175 million in charitable donations nationally to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability, as well as to provide help to public health organizations. For more details, read the news release. Across North Carolina, $7.8 million in charitable donations will be focused on these key areas: housing stability, small business sustainability, financial security and workforce development, and K-12 education support.

Cardinal Health Innovations established a COVID-19 Relief Fund, with a goal of having an immediate impact on the availability of social services and increasing the community's ability to serve those disproportionately affected in 20 specific counties. 

Community Foundation of NC East started a COVID-19 Philanthropy Pledge inviting donors to contribute to its Disaster Relief Fund. Read more here.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has launched a Coronavirus Relief Fund. Read more here.

The Community Foundation of Burke County, in partnership with Grace Episcopal Church Foundation, Huffman-Cornwell Foundation, Rostan Family Foundation and Western Piedmont Foundation, has launched the COVID-19 Community Emergency Response Fund. This fund will provide grants to tax-exempt organizations 501(c)(3) that have programs benefiting Burke County. Grants must address emergency services that include food, medical/mental health services, and shelter and housing. Funding guidelines can be accessed by going to