GFCF grants to support COVID-19 response

29 Apr 2020

The Foundation for Social Transformation distributes food and supplies in Guwahati, India

GFCF partners around the world are at the forefront of community responses to COVID-19. They are working around the clock, offering immediate relief to the most vulnerable parts of the community, providing accurate and contextual information on quickly-changing situations, and working with people and across sectors to build bridges and strengthen solidarity. GFCF grantmaking in 2020 and 2021 will be focused on supporting efforts by members of our global network of community philanthropy partners to respond to COVID-19, both in terms of their immediate response but also over the longer-term as they consider ways to bring about lasting positive change in their communities as they #BuildBackBetter. This page will be updated regularly as grants are made, as will our Grants Map. All figures are in USD.

East Asia Pacific
  • EcoThailand Foundation $9,000: Coordination of community response to effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups in Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, and exploration of a longer-term structure for promoting cooperation, solidarity and local philanthropy etc.
  • Harmony Platform (China) $30,000: Community philanthropy development including creation of community foundation mutual aid network in response to COVID-19.
  • Indonesia for Humanity $20,000: To build on the pemaknaan approach to learning and measurement, as a way to understand the role of small grants in achieving social transformation goals.
Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Amigos de San Cristóbal, A.C. (Mexico) $20,000: For strengthening community philanthropy work – through giving circles, research and outreach – to benefit the most vulnerable communities in the Chiapas Highlands.
  • Casa Fluminense (Brazil) $20,000: Small grants and other support to grassroots groups and solidarity networks for COVID-19 response in the periphery of Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro.
  • ELLAS – Mujeres y Filantropía (Argentina) $19,700: To document the role of grassroots womens groups in Latin America in response to COVID-19.
  • Fondo Acción Solidaria A.C. – FASOL (Mexico) $20,000: To document community level responses to COVID-19, including local resource mobilization and solidarity models.
  • Fondo Ñeque (Ecuador) $18,060: Start-up activities, including piloting local grantmaking to address needs emerging around COVID-19.
  • Guanacaste Community Fund (Costa Rica) $20,000: Working with community-based partners to meet short-term needs against the backdrop of COVID-19, while helping create the basis for a more resilient and sustainable local economy in the longer-term.
  • Haiti Community Foundation 1. $20,000: Immediate relief work and public information campaign in the Grand’Anse. 2. $20,000: Rebuilding livelihoods in the Grand-Anse in the wake of COVID-19.
  • ICom – Instituto Comunitário Grande Florianópolis (Brazil) $24,040: Strengthening community philanthropy for social justice in Florianópolis by building a donor base, and improving ICom’s grantmaking and capacity building practices aimed at grassroots groups and movements.
  • Monteverde Community Fund (Costa Rica) $19,115: Participating in immediate COVID-19 emergency responses aimed at reaching the most vulnerable parts of the community, and supporting efforts towards a diversified, durable local economy longer-term.
Middle East North Africa
South Asia
  • Foundation for Social Transformation (India) 1. $20,040: Targeted support (provision of goods and information on rights, entitlements etc.) to informal sector workers in Guwahati; mobilizing local donors to give. 2. $15,350: Supporting vulnerable families with food relief and providing assistance around vaccine awareness and registration.
  • Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishad (GENVP) / Dalit Community Foundation (India) $15,570: Support to vulnerable Dalit communities in Bihar following the second wave of COVID-19.
  • Keystone Foundation (India) 1. $20,000: Continuation of efforts to explore and support the development of the community foundation concept with Keystone Foundation’s partners, particularly addressing key issues that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2. $16,000: To support local indigenous groups most affected by COVID-19.
  • Nagarik Aawaz $15,000: Support to local vulnerable groups most affected by COVID-19.
  • Sindh Community Foundation (Pakistan) $7,000: Conducting an initial feasibility study for building local giving, and organizing pilot fundraising activities.
  • Solidarity Foundation (India) $20,000: Support for immediate and longer-term community-based responses to COVID-19 among marginalized sexual minority groups and sex workers.
  • South Asia Women Foundation India $20,000: Document the impacts of COVID-19 on women and trans groups in India to inform awareness-raising and local resource mobilization.
  • Tewa (Nepal) $20,000: Small grants to grassroots women’s groups in Nepal to respond to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.
Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Civil Collective (Uganda) $20,000: Responding to COVID-19 with a particular focus on vulnerable groups, and rebuilding livelihoods in the long-term.
  • CivSource Africa (Uganda) $20,000: To generate conversations on community philanthropy among children through stories, and to create platforms that bring together philanthropists through dialogue on community philanthropy.
  • Community Development Foundation Western Cape (South Africa) $20,000: Support to COVID-19 Relief Fund to target most vulnerable members of community in urban centres, farms and fishing villages of the Western Cape.
  • Community Foundation for the Western Region of Zimbabwe $25,000: Operational and COVID-19 programme support.
  • DOCKDA Rural Development Agency (South Africa) $20,000: Flexible support for COVID-19 response.
  • Earthrise Trust (South Africa) $15,975: Participatory community asset mapping exercise to lay groundwork for an innovative, long-term and holistic development strategy for the community of Naledi Village.
  • Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaises (Democratic Republic of the Congo) $35,000: To explore the feasibility of community philanthropy in the DRC and small grants to women’s groups.
  • Foundation for Civil Society (Tanzania) $20,000: To document stories of giving in Tanzania during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Grassroots Development Initiatives Foundation-Kenya $19,990: Responding to effects of COVID-19 and building community resilience through community philanthropy in Tharaka Nithi county.
  • Initiative for Community Advancement (South Africa) $16,450: To support the incubation of a community foundation in the Bergrivier municipal area, particularly in the aftermath of COVID-19.
  • Initiative Pananetugri pour le Bien-être de la Femme (Burkina Faso) $20,000: Mapping of priorities and needs for organizations focusing on women and girls in Francophone West Africa, to inform the work of the new Pananetugri Fund.
  • Kabale Municipality Development Foundation (Uganda) 1. $20,000: Fostering community philanthropy in Kabale Municipality, including for COVID-19 response. 2. $10,000: Leveraging KMDF’s community giving work and networks to fundraise for home based medical care for COVID-19 patients in Kabale.
  • Social Change Assistance Trust – SCAT (South Africa) $20,000: To support and document community-based partner organizations’ response to COVID-19 lockdown and impacts on social cohesion.
  • STAR Ghana Foundation $55,000: Supporting local groups to develop community disaster management plans and models, while building a culture of local giving.
  • Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club (Uganda) 1. $20,000: Direct relief, community mobilization, including public information campaign and community philanthropy development. 2. $35,500: Scaling up local giving, with a specific focus on mobilizing resources for – and engagement around – human rights issues.
  • West Coast Community Foundation (South Africa) $10,000: Operational and programme support for WCCF’s COVID-19 response in rural communities in the West Coast region of the Western Cape.
  • Zambian Governance Foundation $65,880: To promote community financial asset building by supporting communities through financial literacy, mentoring for small businesses, and the creation of community funds.
Western Europe
  • Bürgerstiftung Duisburg (Germany) $20,000: Responding to COVID-19 in Duisburg, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart (Germany) $20,000: COVID-19 response with a specific focus on reaching vulnerable communities.
  • Fondazione di Comunità del Canavese (Italy) $20,000: To work with migrants and the elderly to establish new community gardens in Canavese, overcoming isolation post COVID-19 lockdown.
  • South Sinai Foundation (U.K.) $19,990: To support alternative income generation activities with and for Bedouin communities, especially women.

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It has been refreshing to learn of the great work being done by GFCF partners in addressing today’s most pressing developmental challenge, COVID 19. This is happening at a time when most donors have gone on recess waiting for the pandemic to go before they can continue with their traditional programs, hoping that it will be business as usual. Well done GFCF for your continued relevance to your partners in both good and bad times.