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COVID-19 Resources in Our Region

During this time of uncertainty and economic challenges, the Bush Foundation is thinking about how to be most supportive and useful to our community, our grantees, our partners and our staff. Read more about what we're doing.

Here we’re compiling a list of funds available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses within our region. We will update as we learn of new funds and changes in funding availability. Some funds will reopen, so we recommend people check back periodically for updates. Please let us know what we missed!

Updated 7/7/2020

Funds for Nonprofits

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA

DMF/Impact COVID-19 Critical Services Fund

Ensures stability of ND and northwest MN charities providing health and social service needs through Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation.

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund

Supports the short-term and long-term needs that arise due to the impact of COVID-19. 

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project

Provides immediate relief and resources to frontline organizations, tribes and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities.

SOUTH DAKOTA

SDCF Coronavirus Response Fund

Supports nonprofits and community organizations directly addressing the needs of those affected by COVID-19.

MINNESOTA

Alexandria Area Response Fund Grants

Supports nonprofits, schools and government entities that serve residents of Douglas County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

Arrowhead Organizational Stability Grants

Currently Closed

Provides up to $2,000 to nonprofit arts organizations in the Arrowhead Region of Northeast MN to pay artists, staff, or for needed equipment to provide art in a new setting.

NORTH DAKOTA

Barnes County COVID-19 Relief Fund

Provides emergency grants to nonprofit organizations in Barnes County that provide direct service to those most in need during the pandemic.

MINNESOTA

BCBS of Minnesota Foundation COVID-19 Responsive Grants

Currently Closed

Provides $5,000 to $25,000 grants to nonprofits and tribal communities and governments for a six-month term aimed at addressing immediate needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Black Hills Disaster Recovery Fund

Provide emergency support, disaster relief and recovery, and disaster mitigation to nonprofits in the Black Hills region.

MINNESOTA

Brainerd Lakes Area Response Fund

Supports nonprofits, schools and government entities that serve residents of Crow Wing County and Southern Cass County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

Carver County Response Fund

Supports nonprofits, schools and government entities that serve residents of Carver County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

CenterPoint Energy COVID-19 Relief Fund

Currently Closed

Provides grants to nonprofit organizations responding to the COVID-19 crisis and supporting vulnerable and at-risk populations.

MINNESOTA

Central Minnesota Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund

Assists disproportionately affected communities to address the economic impacts of reduced and lost work, and to meet immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations.

MINNESOTA

Central Minnesota Response Fund

Supports nonprofits, schools and government entities that serve residents of Benton, Stearns and/or Sherburne County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA

CFBC Emergency Fund

Provides short-term loans, lines of credit and emergency grants to nonprofits and community organizations impacted by and responding to COVID-19 via the Otto Bremer Trust's Community Benefit Financial Company.

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA

Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties

Supports nonprofit organizations in Cass County, ND and Clay County, MN impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

COVID-19 Northeast Minnesota Response Fund

Supports nonprofits located in or providing service to residents within Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake or St. Louis county.

MINNESOTA

COVID-19 Response Fund

Currently Closed

Provide one-time operating grants to organizations that have roots in Eden Prairie and because of COVID-19 are encountering obstacles in providing  services to residents experiencing poverty.

MINNESOTA

COVID-19 Response Fund for the St. Croix Valley

Currently Closed

Supports community-based organizations serving Chisago and Washington Counties.

SOUTH DAKOTA

COVID-19 Watertown Relief Fund

Supports the emergency needs of organizations/charitable groups within a 30-mile radius of Watertown in their efforts to serve others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

De Colores Rapid Response Fund

Provides $500 to $1,000 to grassroots organizations working to make positive community interventions through strategic, organizing-focused approaches, especially in marginalized communities of color and working class communities.

MINNESOTA

Eagan Foundation Response Fund

Supports Eagan-area nonprofit organizations that help people in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as organizations that have been directly hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

East Central Regional Arts Council Emergency Response Grants

Provides up to $600 for art organizations in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties to do art projects online or in other forms during the current shut down of arts venues.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Emergency Solutions Grants Program

Supports organizations providing short-term and medium-term rental assistance and services to stabilize and rapidly re-house individuals and households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA

Fargo-Moorhead Arts Organization Emergency Relief Fund

Provides up to $1,500 to Fargo-Moorhead metro arts nonprofits to help cover unexpected expenses directly resulting from performance/event cancellations related to COVID-19.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Provides SBA 7(a) loans (or grants) of up to $10 million to nonprofits & small businesses with under 500 employees to pay staff and operating costs for two months.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Federal SBA Disaster Loans & Emergency Grants (EIDL)

Low-interest federal disaster loans and a one-time emergency grant of up to $10,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.

Minnesota

Foley Area Response Fund

Support relief efforts for those impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Foley area.

Minnesota

Golden Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 Grants

Supports local nonprofits in the Golden Valley area who are serving as a catalyst for positive change during the COVID-19 crisis.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Governor Noem's Small Business Relief Fund

Currently Closed

Provides zero interest loans to nonprofits with less than 250 employees.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA

Grand Forks Area Nonprofit Relief Fund

Currently Closed

Provides immediate support for nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 disaster in Grand Forks and Walsh Counties in ND and Polk County in MN.

MINNESOTA

Greater Rochester Area Together Fund Grants

Supports organizations responding to needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic or affected by the pandemic in Olmstead County.

MINNESOTA

Headwaters Communities First Fund

Currently Closed

Supports Headwaters Foundation for Justice's grassroots network of BIPOC-led grantee organizations. 

Minnesota

Mankato Area Foundation Community Response Fund

Provide grants to support nonprofit organizations in the greater Mankato area that are serving the escalating needs of our communities affected by coronavirus.

NORTH DAKOTA

Minot Area Disaster Response and Recovery Fund

Currently Closed

Supports 501(c)3 nonprofit agencies, schools, faith-based organizations and government entities affected by disruptions due to the coronavirus outbreak.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

National Congress of American Indians COVID-19 Response Fund

Provides financial relief support to federally or state recognized tribal nations affected by COVID-19.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) CARES Act Grants

Currently Closed

Provides $75 million in CARES Act funds to arts organizations (who are previous NEA award recipients) to provide support and preserve jobs for organizations forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Community Foundation Community and Nonprofit Response Fund

Currently Closed

Assists nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NORTH DAKOTA

NW North Dakota Community Foundation Relief Fund

Supports verified nonprofits, community organizations, and volunteer groups that are directly addressing the needs of those affected by local oil and gas economy pressures and COVID-19.

MINNESOTA

OneMPLS Fund

Currently Closed

Supports business and essential program continuity for local nonprofits.

MINNESOTA

Paynesville Area Response Fund Grants

Provides $500 to $3,000 grants to nonprofits, schools and government entities serving the Paynesville School District area.

Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

PFund Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Provides microgrants to individuals and nonprofits in LGBTQIA communities that are most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

MINNESOTA

ROCORI Area Response Fund Grants

Provides $500 to $3,000 grants to nonprofits, schools and government entities serving the Rockville, Cold Spring and/or Richmond area.

South Dakota

South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Grants

Provides unrestricted operating and/or humanities program support to cultural organizations that have suffered program financial losses due to COVID-19.

MINNESOTA

Staples-Motley Emergency Relief and Response Fund

Creates grants to nonprofits and local units of government to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

United Way of Bemidji Area Emergency Fund

Supports Bemidji area nonprofit health and human services organizations with unexpected expenses due to COBID-19.

SOUTH DAKOTA

United Way of Siouxland Recovery Fund

Provides financial resources to nonprofits to help meet short, intermediate and long term needs for recovery in the Siouxland area.

Minnesota

West Central Initiative Resiliency Fund

Currently Closed

Provides grants up to $10,000 to nonprofits in West Central Minnesota that are supporting the local community.

MINNESOTA

Willmar Area Response Fund

Supports nonprofits, schools and government entities that serve residents of Kandiyohi County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Response Fund

Supports organizations and initiatives serving women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, or who need short-term financial support for everyday needs due to the effects of COVID-19.


Funds for Individuals

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

CancerCare Financial Assistance Program

Provides assistance for people with cancer in active treatment who have been affected by the coronavirus to help with costs including food, medications, general household expenses, transportation, home care and child care.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

The Coronavirus Care Fund

Currently Closed

Provides $400 in emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Native American/Indigenous College Students

Currently Closed

Provide Native American/Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a U.S. college or university who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic a one-time scholarship of $500.

NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Dakota Family Farm & Ranch Relief Fund

Provides $500 relief payments to independent family farmers and ranchers who have experienced or expect to experience significant farm or ranch income losses.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Emergency Relief Fund for Immigrants in SD

Provides up to $600 in critical, direct financial relief to immigrant, refugee and undocumented populations in directly impacted by COVID-19.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Families and Workers Fund

Provides direct cash grants and loans to individuals and businesses with a focus on those who are most likely to be left out of the government’s emergency policy response.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Freelancers Assistance Program

Currently Closed

Provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household to qualifying freelancers to cover lost income and essential expenses due to COVID-19.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

HealthWell COVID-19 Ancillary Fund

Provides assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 high-risk status or a positive diagnosis.

MINNESOTA

MN Veterans COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant

Provides one-time financial relief grants to mitigate the negative effects and economic impact COVID-19 has had on veterans and their families.

North Dakota

Native American Development Center COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants

Provides financial assistance to Native Americans in ND who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless due to COVID-19.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

Supports restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers facing financial hardship or are unable to work because of quarantines or other health concerns.

SOUTH DAKOTA

One Sioux Falls Fund

Helps residents in the Sioux Falls MSA (Minnehaha, Lincoln, McCook and Turner counties) avoid evictions if they are unable to work due to COVID-19.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Peace First Rapid Response Grants

Provides grants to young people between the ages of 13 to 25 to help them lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

PFund Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Provides microgrants to individuals and nonprofits in LGBTQIA communities that are most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Currently Closed

Provides restaurant employees a one-time $500 grants for short-term COVID-19 related hardships in paying basic living expenses and medical bills.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Fund

Provides emergency funding to restaurant and bar employees or owners, or restaurant/bar supplier employees who face unforeseen expenses not covered by insurance.

MINNESOTA

Saint Paul Bridge Fund

Currently Closed

Provides emergency relief for families in St. Paul.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Service Industry Tips

Provides crowdfunded "tips" to a randomly selected restaurant worker each day. Available in Minneapolis, St, Cloud, Brown County-MN, Fargo, Ward County-ND and the Black Hills area-SD.

MINNESOTA

Staples Motley Area Emergency Relief Fund

Supports individuals living in the Staples Motley School District area who are negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Funds for Individuals (ARTISTS)

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance Programs

Provides one application for multiple emergency funding programs for actors, dancers, musicians and other performing artists who are unable to pay basic living expenses.

MINNESOTA

Arrowhead Emergency Working Artist Grants

Currently Closed

Provides $2,000 for working artists in the Arrowhead region of Northeastern MN to create a work of art in the next six months and sustain themselves during the COVID-19 crisis.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Artist Relief Fund

Supports artists across the United States with financial and informational resources.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

The Artist Relief Project

Supports any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

The Artists' Fellowship

Provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families who are dealing with immediate medical emergencies.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Supports BIPOC artists and administrators financially impacted by COVID-19.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Arts South Dakota Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Provides $500-1000 in short-term, immediate financial support for the individual artists, culture bearers and creative workers who have been impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund

Provides assistance to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Provides emergency assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who have had a recent, serious emergency.

MINNESOTA

Community Emergency Relief Fund

Currently Closed

Supports artists responding to urgent community needs with creative leadership via Springboard for the Arts.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Fund

Provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

MINNESOTA

East Central Regional Arts Council Emergency Response Grants

Provides up to $600 for artists in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties to do art projects online or in other forms during the current shut down of arts venues.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Provides emergency funding to US-based musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Supports experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Freelancers Assistance Program

Provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household to qualifying freelancers to cover lost income and essential expenses due to COVID-19.

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Film Community Emergency Relief Fund

Provides funding to support filmmakers and film crew impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with priority given to those most affected by ongoing, systemic inequities.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

NDN Indigenous Artists and Entrepreneurs Fund

Provides rapid response resources to Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses bracing from financial hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund

Provides grants of $500-$1,000 to professional writers that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

MINNESOTA

Personal Emergency Relief Fund

Currently Closed

Helps artists recover from personal emergencies by helping with unanticipated, emergency expenses via Springboard for the Arts.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

Supports queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Rauschenberg Emergency Funds

Currently Closed

Provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to visual and media artists and choreographers for unexpected medical emergencies. 

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Supports active members of the Screen Actors Guild who are unable to pay their basic living expenses.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

SoundGirls Coronavirus Relief Funds 

Currently Closed

Supports production techs (roadies) that are now unemployed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic by providing a small amount of aid to purchase basic necessities.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Provides funds for basic living expenses for musicians and music industry workers affected by coronavirus.


Funds for Businesses

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

COVID-19 Business for All Grants

Provides $10,000 grants to for-profit businesses severely impacted by COVID-19.

MINNESOTA

Emergency Child Care Grant Program

Provides immediate financial support to licensed child care providers in Greater Minnesota.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Families and Workers Fund

Provides direct cash grants and loans to individuals and businesses with a focus on those who are most likely to be left out of the government’s emergency policy response.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Provides SBA 7(a) loans (or grants) of up to $10 million to nonprofits & small businesses with under 500 employees to pay staff and operating costs for two months

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Federal SBA Disaster Loans & Emergency Grants

Low-interest federal disaster loans and a one-time emergency grant of up to $10,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Governor Noem's Small Business Relief Fund

Currently Closed

Provides zero interest loans to businesses with less than 250 employees.

MINNESOTA

Grand Rapids Emergency Working Capital for Businesses Fund

Provides direct, emergency financing to Grand Rapids businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

Itasca County Small Business Relief Loans

Provides county-wide relief to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through loans.

MINNESOTA

MN DEED Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

A temporary program to help lenders provide capital to small businesses affected by COVID-19. 

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

NDN Indigenous Artists and Entrepreneurs Fund

Provides rapid response resources to Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses bracing from financial hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota COVID-19 PACE Recovery Program (CPRP)

Provides low interest loans to support ND businesses in their economic recovery due to negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Development Fund: Childcare Loan Program

Provides low-interest loans to certified daycares to ensure continuity through the COVID-19 crisis.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Development Fund: Primary Sector Bussiness Loans

Provides loans and equity investments to companies certified as primary sector under the North Dakota Development Fund, Revolving Rural Loan Fund and the Venture Capital Program.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Opportunity Fund

Provides loans aimed at filling the gap between when small businesses make an application for the SBA Disaster Assistance Loan and when they get funded or in the event they are unable to get funding through SBA.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Small Employer Loan Fund (SELF)

Provides loans to North Dakota small businesses with 10 or fewer employees that incurred economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

Northwest Minnesota Emergency Disaster Recovery Fund

Currently Closed

Provides grants and loans, to nonprofit and public organizations and businesses meeting the needs communities in the twelve county and two tribal nation region of Northwest MN.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

The Red Backpack Fund

Provides $5,000 grants to majority women-owned businesses with annual revenues less than $5M and fewer than 50 employees.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Save Small Business Fund

Currently Closed

Provides $5,000 grants to small businesses employing between 3 and 20 people, located in an economically vulnerable community that has been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

St. Paul Bridge Fund

Currently Closed

Provides emergency relief for the small businesses in St. Paul.

MINNESOTA

Staples Motley Area Emergency Relief Fund

Supports small businesses operating in the Staples Motley School District area that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA

Thief River Falls Emergency Micro Loan Fun

Provides up to $10,000 in low-interest loans to small businesses of 50 employees or less with physical locations in Thief River Falls, MN.

MINNESOTA

Think Small Emergency Fund for Child Care

Currently Closed

Provides supports for licensed family child care programs in the seven-county metro area who serve the children of first responders, emergency personnel, health care workers or anyone else deemed essential to work during this crisis.

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

Provides up to $10,000 grants to businesses facing financial pressure because of COVID-19 — especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other historically under-served enterprises.