Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and other community groups working to address the needs of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Jackson County, Michigan.
Grant Uses: To cover expenses related to meeting the Human Services Needs of Jackson County residents OR the Operating Expenses of nonprofit organizations/ community groups in Jackson County, Michigan.
Examples of Human Services Needs: Child Care/Education, Food Security, Mental Health Resources, Housing, Health Services, and/or Technology. As long as funds are available, you may reapply for Human Service Needs grants as the needs arise.
*Basic Needs Items: If you need diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc., please contact Colleen Sullivan at email@example.com or (503) 680-0584. Smaller requests may be able to be filled immediately while larger requests will be determined by the grant committee. Please note, safety training may be required for redistribution of items.
Examples of Operating Expenses: Grants can be used to cover short-term gaps in funding for expenses related to keeping Jackson County nonprofit organizations and community groups operating such as: payroll, office rent, office utilities, office equipment purchases or leases, and/or stipends for volunteer hours or delivery expenses. As long as funds are available, you may apply for Operating Expenses grants once per month.
*The recently enacted CARES Act legislation contains at least two significant benefits that may be of interest to nonprofit organizations:
If you want to apply for both Human Service Needs and Operating Expenses, please submit two separate applications.
COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Guidelines: We are working with the Jackson COVID Action Network (JCAN) to help identify the community’s most pressing needs during this unprecedented time.
Generally, no more than $5,000 will be awarded to an organization per month.
Prioritization will be given to organizations providing emergent basic needs support due to the COVID-19 crisis.
For applicants who want to use funds to offer stipends to volunteers, please make sure that the amount you determine is not based on an hourly wage. Stipends are generally a fixed sum (used for volunteers) while hourly pay is generally used for staff or contractually paid workers.
If any individual is paid more than $599, a 1099 (IRS Tax form) is required to be filled out for tax purposes.
If you want further guidance on how to determine stipend amounts for volunteers or how to complete a 1099, please reach out to Regina Pinney from the Nonprofit Network at
Selection Process: The COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Committee is comprised of community members from across Jackson County. Generally, committee members read all grant applications and come to a final funding decision after committee discussions. However, staff of the Jackson Community Foundation (JCF) and United Way of Jackson County (UWJC) reserve the right to issue a grant outside the regular process when a need is so critical and time is so limited that waiting would be detrimental to the residents of Jackson County.
Questions? Contact Dana Ashlock at firstname.lastname@example.org AND Eboné Worthey at email@example.com.