COVID-19 Community Response Fund

April 24, 2020


Visit the official CNY COVID-19 Community Support Fund website here:


While we are all dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our neighbors face disproportionate challenges due to unexpected time off from work, unplanned child or health care expenses and lack of access to adequate food and shelter. A coalition of community partners is banding together to give support to those who need it most.

The Central New York Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the Allyn Foundation and United Way of Central New York, established a COVID-19 Community Support Fund to support nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits whose operations support vulnerable populations stressed by the outbreak. The Community Foundation will seed the fund with a contribution from its own funds and encourages individuals, institutions, companies and other funders to donate as well.

The Community Foundation will administer grants from the fund in partnership with United Way of Central New York, the Allyn Foundation and in close collaboration with the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Together they will identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on immediate needs from community advisors and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

Donations may be made online at or by contacting Thomas Griffith, vice president, development at (315) 422-9538 or

Eligibility criteria and the application process for nonprofits requesting funding are still under development. Organizations can visit for more information.


Grant Recipients

(Updated daily, visit for the most accurate list)


ACR Health - $16,000 
Purchase technology to continue support services remotely and ramp up food pantry offerings due to increased demand

AccessCNY - $28,900
Connect those with disabilities and/or a mental health diagnosis to vital services through remote technology

Advocates - $ 6,540
Implement a telehealth solution to continue critical health services for people with disabilities

Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter - $3,200
Offer virtual care consultations, referral meetings, support groups and education programs to dementia patients and their caregivers

ARISE - $24,000 
Upgrade phone system to allow for reliable telehealth services

Assumption Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen - $5,000
Distribute emergency food parcels and to-go meals to families in need

Bellegrove Missionary Baptist Church - $6,500 
Stock and maintain a food pantry to assist individuals and families in need of emergency food, toiletries and other basic needs

Catholic Charities - $25,000 
Help people in need purchase food, cleaning supplies and hygiene items and assist with unexpected household expenses


Cancer Connects - $6,400
Provide safe transportation for immune-compromised adult cancer patients to access treatment or physician visits


Centers of St. Camillus - $10,625
Implement remote access to maintain business continuity and to protect the safety of St. Camillus' high-risk residents

CNY Diaper Bank - $10,000
Increase distribution of diapers, which are not covered by government safety net programs, to families in need


Chadwick Residence - $1,000
Purchase health and safety supplies for residents of its supportive housing program for women and their children


Clear Path for Veterans - $8,000
Provide emergency food delivery services as well as other critical services such as financial and career counseling to Veterans and their families in Onondaga County

CNY Ronald McDonald House Charities - $2,900
Emergency relief support for its Meals that Heal program, which provides meals to families with sick children


Consortium for Children’s Services - $3,000 
Offer remote parenting education classes for families with children

Determination Center - $4,500
Purchase laptops for youth to complete their remote schoolwork

DeWitt Food Pantry - $2,500
Meet increasing demand for emergency food distribution

First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville (Eastern Farm Workers Association) - $4,000
Expand emergency food service for low-income workers to include hygiene and sanitary supplies delivered through no-contact deliveries

Food Bank of Central New York - $57,420
Increase emergency food response


Home HeadQuarters - $10,000 
Assist homeowners without discretionary income in making emergency home repairs

Humanitarian Organization for Multicultural Experiences (H.O.M.E) - $5,000
Provide telehealth habilitation services and purchase health and safety supplies for staff providing face-to-face services


Huntington Family Centers (Syracuse Community Center Collaborative) - $50,000
Provide food pantry and diaper bank services at four neighborhood community centers


InterFaith Works - $18,440
Provide essential personal items and sanitizing products to elderly residents, distribute donated milk to local families and provide remote mental health services

Loretto - $36,000
Provide basic needs – food, childcare assistance, family essentials and transportation – to frontline healthcare workers 


McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center - $12,050
Purchase remote technology to continue child trafficking advocacy services for families and youth

Meals on Wheels of Eastern Onondaga County - $3,500
Upgrade technology to meet rapid increase in demand for services


Meals on Wheels of Syracuse - $4,840
Assist employees with technology to work from home and rent refrigerated storage to meet increased meal demand

Mercy Works - $20,000
Provide weekend groceries to Southside families that qualify for the school breakfast and lunch program on weekdays


New American Forum - $7,500
Connect refugee families with basic essentials and native-language best practices to remain healthy

North Side Learning Center - $22,500
Provide basic food items to families staying home and multi-lingual outreach to advise refugee families on current restrictions, social distancing practices and community resources


Onondaga Community College - $5,000
Connect students with technology necessary to finish coursework and assist them with other emergency needs

PEACE, Inc. - $8,650
Deliver food, toiletry, and emergency supplies to clients lacking transportation and food access

Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) - $7,286
Provide 24/7 hotline assistance and scale up its case management to connect limited English proficient families to accurate public health information and social services


Rescue Mission Alliance - $50,000
House homeless men dealing with physical and mental health challenges at its Crossroads Adult Home


Road to Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse - $7,500
Meet increased demand for meal service and food pantry distribution

St. Lucy’s Food Pantry - $3,000
Distribute emergency food packages to families in need

Sarah’s Guest House - $2,000 
Purchase staple food and cleaning supplies for guests who are patients receiving urgent and necessary medical care


Salvation Army-Syracuse Area Services - $40,000
Provide basic needs to homeless teenagers and their babies housed at its Transitional Apartments and Parenting Center as well as deliver food, health and cleaning supplies to high-risk families in the community

Syracuse Jewish Family Service - $5,000
Meet increased demand for Kosher Meals on Wheels and purchase technology to provide audio and video counseling as well as virtual group cognitive and emotional support discussions

Tucker Missionary Baptist Church - $6,500 
Provide food to Southside neighborhood families in need 

Vera House - $11,500
Use remote counseling technology and maintain emergency shelter to meet a higher need due to stay-at- home restrictions, which can lead to being trapped in violent conditions

YMCA of Central New York - $18,561
Safely continue housing and childcare assistance to those in need


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