COVID-19 Nonprofit Support Fund

The Community Foundation has created the COVID-19 Nonprofit Support Fund to assist nonprofits in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties that are struggling financially due to the pandemic.

  • Currently, our priority is to support 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose mission is to provide direct human services in any of the following areas: food, shelter, medical and mental health care, and homeless support. However, any organization meeting the eligibility requirements below will also be considered.
    • Organizations must predominantly serve the residents of Ingham, Eaton, or Clinton counties.
    • Your organization must have federal tax-exempt status under IRS code 501(c)3.
    • If your organization meets State requirements, you must have a Michigan Charitable Solicitation license.
    • Organization must be operating with “significant” programming/services or have a detailed plan to reactivate programming within the next 30 days.
    • Your application must show need directly due to the COVID-19 crisis.
    • The fund supports staffing costs, technology, and other equipment needs that allow nonprofits to continue providing services or to meet increased demand due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Funding priorities may shift over time to meet the region’s changing needs. When that happens, other organizations considered for support will be nonprofits with deep roots in the community and a strong track record of community support.
  • To be responsive to urgent needs in the community, grants and loans will be made in waves, potentially monthly.

To discuss your eligibility for this fund, contact Cindy Hales, Director of Community Investment at chales@ourcommunity.org or Laurie Baumer, Executive Vice President at lbaumer@ourcommunity.org.

Congratulations to the nonprofits who have received a grant from this fund:

The Community Foundation allocated $1.25 million to this fund in April 2020.

As of 11/24/20, 34 grants have been made for COVID-19 related staffing, technology, or facility upgrades, totalling $640,920.

  • Advent House Ministries, Inc.
  • Allen Neighborhood Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region
  • Boys and Girls Club of Lansing
  • Capital Area Housing Partnership
  • Capital Area United Way
  • CASA for Kids, Inc.
  • Communities In Schools of Michigan, Inc.
  • Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan
  • Disability Network Capital Area
  • Eastside Community Action Center (ECAC)
  • Eaton Clothing & Furniture Center
  • Educational Child Care Center (EC3)
  • Ele's Place
  • EVE Inc
  • Forster Woods Adult Day Services
  • Habitat for Humanity Capital Region
  • Happendance, Inc.
  • Haven House
  • Helping Hands of Eaton County
  • Helping Hands Respite Care (HHRC)
  • Housing Services Mid Michigan (HSMM)
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Lansing Area Safety Council
  • Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center
  • Lansing Symphony Association, Inc.
  • REACH Studio Art Center
  • Refugee Development Center
  • Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan
  • The Arc Mid-Michigan
  • The Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children
  • Todd Martin Youth Leadership
  • WAI-IAM, Inc.
  • Women's Center of Greater Lansing

19 grants have been made for PPE, totalling $37,350.

  • Antioch Cares Community Development Corporation
  • Bath Township Public Library
  • Canines for Change
  • Clinton County Senior Center
  • Cristo Rey Community Center
  • Eaton Clothing & Furniture Center
  • Educational Child Care Center (EC3)
  • Footprints of Michigan
  • Forster Woods Adult Day Services
  • Haven House
  • Housing Services Mid Michigan (HSMM)
  • Lansing Catholic Central High School
  • LMTS Community Outreach Services
  • Pass It On Inc.
  • Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan
  • St. Martha Parish and School
  • The Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children
  • The Firecracker Foundation