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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 1/8/2021

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.

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.

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

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 & 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

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, 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, 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

South Dakota

South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Grants

Currently Closed

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.

MINNESOTA

Willmar Area Response Fund

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


Funds for Individuals

MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

CancerCare Financial Assistance Program

Currently Closed

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

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

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

SOUTH DAKOTA

Emergency Relief Fund for Immigrants in SD

Currently Closed

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

Currently Closed

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

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.

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 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

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, 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 in rapid response funds 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, 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 funding of 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

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

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, 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

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

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


Funds for Businesses

MINNESOTA

Emergency Child Care Grant Program

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

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.

MINNESOTA

Itasca County Small Business Relief Loans

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

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Development Fund

Provides flexible financing options for new or expanding primary sector businesses.

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.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Small Business & Healthcare Grants

Closed

Relief programs for small businesses, small non-profit businesses and small start-up businesses in South Dakota.

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, 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.