As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, many nonprofits may be wondering about the coronavirus impact on grant writing and philanthropy.
Though the situation evolves daily, overall, the philanthropic response has been enormous. And it continues to grow as the crisis deepens. Organizations have access to an array of coronavirus grant opportunities, from small business relief funds to emergency funding for nonprofits.
Coronavirus impact on grant writing
Overall, the coronavirus impact on grant writing and philanthropy in general is difficult to assess. That said, there are some conclusions we can draw right now. First, the philanthropic community has largely rallied to offer what may be an unprecedented response.
There are scores of new grant opportunities out there. Coronavirus response funds are popping up all over the place. They’re coming from established foundations that are shifting their focus to respond to the crisis, as well as from new funders. There are opportunities on local, state, regional, and national levels.
While some nonprofits may see a decrease in demand for their services or programs, others will see a ramping up. Essential lifelines like food banks and homeless shelters will find they’re stretched, with community needs expanding exponentially as the crisis worsens. Some organizations may opt to create new programs to help their communities respond.
What does it mean for your nonprofit?
If you operate a nonprofit, the coronavirus impact on grant writing could change your approach. If your nonprofit focuses on non-essential community needs like arts and sports, you may see some changes in your opportunity landscape.
The best approach is to check with all funders on your grants calendar to see if any have changed their deadlines, funding strategies, and award amounts. You will likely see this information posted prominently on the funder’s website. If you’re already receiving funding, it’s likely the funder will reach out to you to alert you to any changes. Or, you can call or email your contact.
If your nonprofit is seeing a gap in available services for your community, this may be a good time to consider starting a temporary response program. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have the staff and organizational capacity to do so. Then, you may want to look for funding specifically for your new program or expanded set of services. Be sure you’re tracking statistics about your service population, so you can demonstrate how the need in your community has changed or increased. This will help boost your chances of receiving grant funding.
Can grant funding fill the gap?
An obvious coronavirus impact on grant writing and philanthropy revolves around the canceling of large fundraising events. Many nonprofits have had to cancel things like auctions and fundraising galas due to restrictions around social gatherings. Some nonprofits have been able to raise money online through email and social media campaigns to the same group of donors who planned to attend a live event.
Grants may also be able to fill the gap, depending on the services your organization offers.
Where to find grants
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve, so do the philanthropic responses. Professional Grant Writers has a list of new coronavirus grant opportunities.
The Council of Nonprofits has an excellent resource guide for nonprofits during this challenging time. The guide covers steps organizations should take to shore up their finances, as well as a state-by-state assistance guide.
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