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COVID-19 Resources

Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers:

No-cost respite care for military and veteran caregivers

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined together to create a new program, Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers, which offers family caregivers of veterans or service members access to no-cost, short-term relief with the help of in-home care professionals.

CareLinx provided a generous contribution to launch the first phase of this program and issued a call for others to join. Partners are responding to this call to support military and veteran caregivers during this challenging time. Thanks to a contribution from Wounded Warrior Project, we’re now able to offer the Respite Relief program nationwide.


Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency:


Financial relief:

NAMI- National Alliance for Mental Illness:

COVID-19 Update: For the health and safety of our volunteers, the NAMI Helpline is temporarily unable to answer live phone calls. We anticipate that COVID-19 will create unique challenges for people affected by mental health conditions. During this time, we will be answering voicemails and emails within 24 - 48 business hours of receipt. If you need immediate assistance, the Crisis Text Line is open 24/7 - text NAMI to 741741.

The NAMI HelpLine is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public.


VA home loans:

3/19/20: Article about actions related to VA Home Loans, both existing and those currently in progress.


Small Business:

Gary Sinise Foundation:

3/9/2020 With the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the nation, the Gary Sinise Foundation announced today that its First Responder Outreach grants are available to first responders in need of personal protective equipment and gear when answering coronavirus-related service calls. The Foundation is also offering financial assistance should they become personally affected.

First responders can apply for a First Responder Grant for purchasing personal protective equipment and essential gear that guards against the transmission of the disease.

Additionally, any military service members, veterans, first responders, and their families affected by COVID-19 can apply for financial assistance through an initiative of the Foundation’s Relief and Resiliency program, called H.O.P.E. (heal, overcome, persevere, and excel).


Healthwell foundation:

Assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence.

Please refer to this website for more information.


The Independence Fund:

The Independence Fund launched an emergency relief fund to assist veterans and caregivers in need as a result of the #CoronaVirus pandemic. Follow this link to take their survey and apply for assistance, or visit their website:



Bay Area Community Foundation

Area served: Bay County, MI; Arenac County, MI
Administered by the Bay Area Community Foundation, the COVID-19 Community Response Funds for Bay and Arenac counties will provide flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.


Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan: COVID-19 Relief Fund for Southeast Michigan

 Area served: Southeast Michigan
Supports immediate and long-term unmet needs of the community and local nonprofits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan: Health COVID-19 Relief Fund Southeast Michigan

Area served: Southeast Michigan
Supports the urgent health-related needs of our community and local nonprofits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Community Foundation for the Holland/Zeeland Area: Emergency Human Needs Fund-Holland/Zeeland

Area served: Holland, MI; Zeeland, MI
In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak, the Communtiy Foundation for the Holland/Zeeland Area has established the Emergency Human Needs Fund to provide support to agencies providing vital services like food, basic hygiene products, caring for senior citizens, and overall basic amentities.$137184_hash$bc1be89649c41e4bbcf3ce0437d89b4f4acbd777/Default.aspx


Community Foundation of Greater Flint: Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund

Area served: Genesee County, MI
In partnerhsip with the United Way of Genesee County, the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund will award grants on a regular basis to nonprofits who are addressing gaps that are surfacing in key services for our most vulnerable community members in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The three priorities are: (1) Assisting with immediate and anticipated direct service needs/gaps; (2) Maintaining or expanding internal operations and 

infrastructure for critical nonprofits; and (3) Supporting costs associated with additional volunteer capacity as needed in this time of crisis.


Community Foundation of Marquette County: COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Area served: Marquette County, MI
United Way of Marquette County has collaborated with the Community Foundation of Marquette County to establish the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help meet immediate needs in the community related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund will support the nonprofits who are serving vulnerable populations during this time. Administered by the Community Foundation of Marquette County, the Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic impact of this outbreak.

Grants will be distributed to Marquette County nonprofits and will: (1) Assist with immediate and anticipated direct service needs/gaps; (2) Maintain or expand critical internal operations and infrastructure; and (3) Support costs associated with additional volunteer capacity as needed in this time of crisis.


Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation: Urgent Needs Fund

Area served: Antrim County, MI; Benzie County, MI; Grand Traverse County, MI; Kalkaska County, MI; Leelanau County, MI
The Urgent Needs Fund was created to mobilize local giving and cross-sector community support efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be granted to local organizations that are providing vital services to individuals and families across our five-county region who are being disproportionately impacted by the instability and economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. Donations will be used to grant funds to local nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations that are providing vital services such as access to food and basic hygiene, caring for senior citizens, supporting utility and rental assistance, and 

overall basic needs that are impacting and benefitting communities across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.


Greater Toledo Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund

Area served: Northwest Ohio; Southeast Michigan
The Greater Toledo Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to support northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations as they assist in responding to the spread of coronavirus in the community and experience financial challenges in doing so. Grants from this fund support: (1) Immediate basic needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closure and cancellations related to COVID-19; (2) The elderly and other high-risk populations who are experiencing a COVID-19 impact; (3) Residents who are food insecure; and (4) Residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured.


Kalamazoo Community Foundation: Community Urgent Relief Fund

Area served: Kalamazoo, MI
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has partnered with United Way to activate our respective community crisis relief funds to address the emerging needs that are surfacing in key services for our most vulnerable community members. The three priorities that we will fund jointly are as follows: 1) Assist with immediate and anticipated direct service needs/gaps; 2) Maintain or expand critical internal operations and infrastructure and; 3) Support costs associated with additional volunteer capacity as needed in this time of crisis as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).


United Way for Southeastern Michigan: COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Area served: Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan and our partners are committed to ensuring that our region’s most vulnerable families have the support they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Hosted by United Way, this fund will allow us to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need, especially vulnerable populations such as seniors, children and low-income families. 

The fund will be used for a multitude of efforts to help with recovery, including: 
Food distribution to students affected by school closures and other vulnerable populations that are isolated or lack access.
Availability of shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness who do not have the resources needed to stay safe
Operational funding gaps for health and human service agencies
Loss of income and access to services for vulnerable populations  
Supporting college students who face barriers as they complete their education



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Schott Foundation for Public Education: Loving Communities Response Fund

Area served: United States
The Loving Communities Response Fund will support community-led, grassroots organizations who serve youth and families directly impacted by school closings, lost wages, food insecurity, and are facing homelessness due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funds will also support Schott partners in increasing their organizational capacities to work remotely and to continue their important advocacy efforts online.

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