COVID-19 Grant Opportunities

The Grant Office will post private, state, and federal COVID-19 grant funding opportunities as they become available. If you know of an opportunity you'd like to see added to this webpage, please notify

Tracking Federal COVID-19 Grant Opportunities & Nevada's Awards

The Nevada Grant Office is identifying and tracking federal COVID-19 funding opportunities and awards and will update this Excel file every Thursday: Federal COVID-19 Funding. While this may not be entirely inclusive of all forecasted and released opportunities, we are doing our utmost to identify and track the vast amount of federal funding being released. This spreadsheet represents all of the information we are aware of at the time of posting. If you know of any federal funding opportunity related to COVID-19 that is not listed, please email with the federal program or award information for us to consider.  

Private Philanthropy

American Thoracic Society Research Grant in COVID-19 (Due 6/23/20)

American Thoracic Society and GlaxoSmithKline are seeking research grant proposals that have a high likelihood to advance the understanding of the pathobiology and clinical implications of COVID-19. Applications should address the following types of clinical, basic, translational, and population health questions.

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Nevada Rural Housing Authority COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program (Due 8/31/20)

The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program provides one-time funding to rural Nevada residents experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides financial assistance to qualifying individuals who are falling behind on their rent, mortgage or utilities. The program also gives financial aid to individuals having trouble paying for groceries and household supplies that are necessary to maintain safety and well-being.

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Actors Fund - Emergency Financial Assistance (Ongoing)

To help our community during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.

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Adira Foundation - COVID-19 Emergency Grant Response (Ongoing)

This foundation will grant $50,000 total to organizations working to support the many individuals with neurodegenerative diseases and those who love and care for them during this uncertain time.

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Center for Disaster Philanthropy (Ongoing)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund will focus on supporting local nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those who are working with the most vulnerable populations in these areas to help build their capacity for response. These will include social service organizations focused on supporting hourly wage earners, workers in the gig economy, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

CDP is working closely with nongovernmental organizations to follow what the likely needs will be:

  • Supporting healthcare workers
  • Supporting quarantined and especially vulnerable individuals
  • Supporting hygiene promotion activities

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City of Las Vegas Business Preparedness Grant (Ongoing)

A new Business Preparedness Grant has been created by the city of Las Vegas using $4 million in CARES Act funds. To be eligible a business must have an active business license, three to 25 full-time equivalent employees and be committed to upholding all of the recommendations and/or comply with any mandates for reopening from the state of Nevada and the Southern Nevada Health District. Attempts will be made, so that 50 percent of approved applications are located within distressed census tracts and otherwise underserved areas. Grants will be a maximum of $4,000 and will need to go to fund expenses associated with personal protective equipment, facility retrofit for health and safety measures or other expenses reasonably needed to prepare the business for reopening or expanded reopening. Grant funds are available on a first come, first served basis and are awarded at the sole discretion of the city of Las Vegas.

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Community Foundation of Western Nevada (Ongoing)

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada's COVID-19 Relief Fund will distribute grants to individuals, businesses, governmental services, and charitable nonprofits. A fund advisory committee made up of city and county representatives in a position to be familiar with local needs will make grant recommendations to the grants to the Community Foundation Board of Trustees. The COVID-19 Relief Fund is intended to address the larger and long-term picture and take action where needed most.

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Creative Capital Grant List for Artists (Ongoing)

In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many communities dealing with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity and believes that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, Creative Capital has created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists and arts professionals.

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Creative Nail Design - Nail Pro Relief Grants (Ongoing)

These grants will provide financial assistance to nail professionals whose lives have been drastically changed by the mandated closures in response to COVID-19.

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Equal Sound - Corona Relief Fund (Ongoing)

Immediate relief fund for musicians who are financially suffering from cancelled events.

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GenYouth - COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding (Ongoing)

GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need.

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Horst Rechelbacher Foundation - Beauty Industry Relief Grants (Ongoing)

These $1,000 grants will provide financial assistance to beauty professionals or students of beauty programs whose lives have been drastically changed by the mandated closures in response to COVID-19.

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NDN Collective: COVID-19 Response Projects (Ongoing)

The NDN Collective's COVID-19 Response Project provides rapid response funding to established, Indigenous-led, community-based organizations and tribes throughout the U.S. Grants are available to support the following services and relief efforts: medical supplies, food delivery, youth and elder care, educational access, shelter and housing, economic relief, social-emotional support, cultural and spirit-aligned support, and access to accurate information. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 29, 2020.

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United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (Ongoing)

With support from the NV Energy Foundation, Microsoft Reno, and Bank of America, the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) launched the UWNNS Emergency Assistance Fund to support local work in helping meet the increase of basic needs by local families and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for qualifying organizations will be available on their website.

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United Way of Southern Nevada (Ongoing)

Through the support of NV Energy, the Wells Fargo Foundation, and Bank of America, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) launched the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund to assist those impacted by COVID-19. Help will be available through UWSN’s vetted partners who are experienced in providing direct service assistance. To ensure accountability of the distribution of funds, UWSN is following the same stringent guidelines that we use for the administration of Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Red Backpack Fund - Empowered Women Empower Women (Forecasted)

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.

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State Grant Opportunities

Nevada Arts Council CARES Act Grants (Applications Accepted 6/1/20)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The Nevada Arts Council (NAC) will award CARES Act funds to nonprofit arts organizations throughout Nevada to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by COVID-19. These non-competitive grants will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis and will be one-time emergency relief payments that must be expended by October 31, 2020. The NAC will host an informational webinar May 27 at 1 p.m. to give an overview of the CARES Act grant guidelines and requirements and answer any additional questions.

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Community Mental Health Services Block Grant- Notice of Funding Opportunity for Federal Fiscal Year 20-21 (Due 6/11/20)

The Mental Health Block Program provides Nevada and mental health service agencies with a degree of flexibility to design and implement mental health related services and activities to address the complex needs of individuals, families, and communities with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance specific to Nevada's population. Written questions must be submitted by 5/11/20.

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Federal Grant Opportunities

Grants for Museums and Libraries (Due 6/12/20)

The goal of the FY2020 IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries program is to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dept. of State Grant to Counter Corruption Amid COVID-19 (Due 6/12/20)

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications in support of the goal of combating corruption arising in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Health Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (R1) (Due 6/15/20)

This funding opportunity announcement invites R01 grant applications for funding to support novel, high-impact studies evaluating the responsiveness of healthcare delivery systems, healthcare professionals, and the overall U.S. healthcare system to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in funding critical research focused on evaluating topics such as effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19; the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic; understanding how the response to COVID-19 affected socially vulnerable populations and people with multiple chronic conditions; and digital healthcare including innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telehealth response to COVID-19. AHRQ encourages multi-method, rapid-cycle research with the ability to: produce and disseminate initial findings (e.g. observations, lessons learned, or findings) within 6 months after award and then regularly throughout the remainder of the award period.

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Education Stabilization Fund- Rethink K12 Education Models (Due 6/29/20)

The Education Stabilization Fund-Rethink K12 Education Models Grants (ESF-REM Grants) provide support to State educational agencies (SEAs) in States with the highest coronavirus burden to address specific educational needs of students, their parents, and teachers in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in accordance with section 18001(a)(3) of the CARES Act. A letter of intent is due 5/19/20.

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State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement program (SEJCA)/COVID-19 Projects (Due 6/30/20)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities. EPA also continues to make effective responses to COVID-19 issues a top priority. As part of these efforts, this notice announces EPA re-opening the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and the availability of funds for US States, Territories, Tribal Governments, and local governments to propose projects focusing on COVID-19 and other areas as identified in Section I. The SEJCA program provides funding to eligible entities to work collaboratively with underserved communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and/or the environment in those communities. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations. 

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Rural Health and Safety Education (Due 7/1/20)

The Rural Health and Safety Education program proposals are expected to be community-based, outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach, that provides individuals and families with: information as to the value of good health at any age; information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health; information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

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Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants - COVID- 19 CARES ACT (Due 7/13/20)

This program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope. This is the second application window for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program in FY2020.

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (Due 8/28/20)

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. Eligible producers (person or legal entity) of specified agricultural commodities outlined who have suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who face substantial marketing costs for inventories, are eligible for CFAP payments.

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – IHEs (Due 9/30/20)

Congress set aside approximately $3 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF). The Department has used a formula to allocated funds to educational institutions. Institutions have been instructed to upload their required Certificates of Agreement to at their convenience.

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COVID-19 Telehealth Program (Ongoing)

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

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Announcement to Support Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (Forecasted)

The health systems research community should prepare to submit applications to Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund critical research focused on evaluating topics such as innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telemedicine in response to COVID-19, effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19, and the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic.


Education Stabilization Fund- Reimagining Workforce Preparation (Forecasted)

The Education Stabilization Fund-Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grants (ESF-RWP Grants) provide support to help States leverage the power of entrepreneurship to create new educational opportunities and pathways that help citizens return to work, small businesses recover, and new entrepreneurs thrive. These programs also build new capacity within the state to offer short-term postsecondary programs that are responsive to the needs of individuals to more rapidly adapt and evolve to ever changing workplace and community needs.

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Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Due 4/24/21)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Institute of Health is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed:
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Coronavirus Grant Opportunity Guide

This summary of funding opportunities contained within the coronavirus relief bill (H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security [CARES] Act) was developed for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and is being shared with Nevada grant stakeholders with the permission of Chairman Anthony Sampson, Sr. in the hopes that it is useful to other organizations as we are all facing significant challenges. This summary includes each potential grant opportunity contained within the bill and the bill's text published by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Other Resources

Additional COVID-19 Resources

While these are not grants, we have included links to assist you in navigating additional resources. The Grant Office cannot offer assistance in any of these areas and provides them as a guide to assist in locating the correct contact information for your needs.