COVID-19 GRANT FAQs

Will Robin Hood fund individuals?
No, Robin Hood is not able to provide direct funding to individuals. We will only consider grants for front-line service 501(c)(3) organizations serving New York City with experience providing emergency cash assistance to individuals.

The place where I worked closed because of COVID-19. Where can I find resources?
Robin Hood has compiled an expansive list of resources for organizations and individuals – click here. For other programs and organizations, which may be able to provide personal assistance, visit our homepage and click on PROGRAMS for a complete list of Robin Hood’s community partners.

I have COVID-19 and haven’t been able to work. What organizations can help me?
Robin Hood has compiled an expansive list of resources for organizations and individuals; click here to access it.

My small business had to close because of COVID-19. Can I apply for a grant?
Robin Hood only supports 501(c)(3) organizations. For small business assistance, visit U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to access resources and updates.

What types of organizations is Robin Hood is funding?
Robin Hood will only fund front-line service 501(c)(3) organizations serving New York City. The Fund is accepting applications from organizations on a rolling basis for immediate response grants. To review our funding priorities and apply, click here.

Do organizations have to be within a particular budget rangeto qualify?
No, Robin Hood will consider any applications that are from 501(c)(3) non-profits who are working in New York City. Please note that not all applicants will receive funding.

What specific programs will be supported?
Robin Hood anticipates making grants to front-line service 501(c)(3) organizations serving New York City that are well-positioned to serve disadvantaged communities, including low-income and/or homeless individuals and families, low-wage workers, and immigrant communities (regardless of immigration status).The purpose of these grants is to provide resources to support nonprofits that are on the front lines of relief efforts and can move swiftly to serve impacted communities, including those who are providing emergency assistance and/or who have a track record administering emergency cash grants to individuals and families.

Will Robin Hood’s grants support general operations?
Grants may be program-specific or may support general operations.

Our spring fundraiser was canceled, and we lost important fundraising revenue. Can Robin Hood funding be used to help replace those funds?
Robin Hood’s funding will not cover lost revenue from canceled events, but we will accept applications to cover gaps and/or lost revenue from government or Medicaid contracts. To apply, click here.

My organization has a fiscal sponsor. Can we apply for a grant?
If the fiscal sponsor is a 501(c)(3), you can still apply for the grant and we will take your fiscal sponsor’s fee into consideration. 

My organization received support from Robin Hood in the past, but we are not a current partner. Can we apply?
Yes, Robin Hood is accepting applications from front-line service 501(c)(3) organizations serving New York City. To apply, click here 

My organization went through GRIT and we are not supposed to apply for funding for 12 months after the end of the program. Can we apply even though it’s been less than 12 months?
We are waiving the 12-month policy due to COVID-19 so groups that participated in the GRIT program are invited to apply to the Relief Fund. To apply, click here.

We are an arts organization serving students who are not in school. Can we apply for funding?
Robin Hood plans to issue grants to front-line service 501(c)(3) organizations serving New York City that serve disadvantaged communities. To review our funding priorities and apply, click here.

My organization serves seniors who are isolated and lonely. Can we apply for a Relief grant?
Robin Hood plans to issue grants to front-line service 501(c)(3) organizations serving New York City that work with disadvantaged communities. To review our funding priorities and apply, click here. If your organization reaches a low-income population, you are welcome to apply for funding by clicking here.

How long will the Relief Fund last?
We will continue to make Relief grants until all funds are disbursed.

 

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