March 16, 2020

Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund Created to Provide Support for Affected Communities

Co-led by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to provide flexible resources to 501c3 organizations working with local communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

One-time operating grants will help fund frontline human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with vulnerable populations. The first phase of rapid-response grants will help meet basic needs and help increase resiliency in affected communities.  The Fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few weeks.

The Community Foundation will administer grants from the Fund in partnership with United Way of the Greater Capital Region and in close collaboration with our partners. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients 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 in subsequent funding phases.

  • General questions & inquiries about the COVID-19 Response Fund can be directed to
  • For interested donors and partners, please contact John Eberle at
  • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Jonathan Richardson at or Cassandra Madsen at
  • Donations can be made online using this link or text COVID19 to 41444 to donate.
  • If you would like to donate by check, please mail to: the Community Foundation, 2 Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203.

For more information including a current list of our partners, please visit