COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Round 2 has Now Opened

Published on June 10, 2020 | Written by

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund - Round 2



COVID-19 and its disproportional impacts on the African American community have highlighted the historic and systemic racism our communities are calling for an end to in Minnesota. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has shone a bright light on the institutional and systemic racism experienced daily by African Americans in Minnesota. Recent regional investments have fallen short of investing in African American communities during this time. To address the intersectionality of COVID-19 and systemic racism, Youthprise has focused the second round of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund on African American youth-serving organizations statewide.

Organizations serving primarily African American youth that have been impacted by COVID-19, the recent political actions to end inequities, and/or are working to address racial equity, and racial disparities can apply for this second round of funding.

Priority will be given to organizations whose senior staff or board leaders are primarily African Americans. The focus of these funds is targeting non-immigrant African Americans. These funds are to be used for addressing immediate needs during COVID19 and to address the impacts of racial disparities and hardship brought to light in the recent political actions taken community-wide.

Funding for this second round of COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund comes from the Minnesota Council on Foundation's Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus, however, as funds are limited and not expected to be sufficient to meet requests, Youthprise continues to be committed to actively raising additional funding to replenish the fund to provide additional rounds of funding.


Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) youth-focused organizations, multi-service organizations with dedicated youth departments, and non 501(c)(3) organizations with fiscal agents located in Minnesota. Furthermore, organizations must serve primarily African American youth (as outlined above). Organizations whose senior leaders or board members are primarily African American will be prioritized for funding. 

Use of Funds:

These funds will be general operating funds. Uses of these funds can include salary expenses to prevent the furlough or laying off of staff, administrative expenses impacted by the loss or delay in income, expenses related to increased needs of youth to provide programming or services, expenses related to rebuilding or repairing damage, expenses related to programming focused on mitigating the impact of racism, payments to youth and youth employees, and other associated expenses.

Funding Information:

During this round, $220,000 is available to award. However, ongoing fundraising is occurring, and we hope to add to this amount to offer additional rounds of funding. At this time, we can't guarantee there will be funding beyond the second round. Grant award amounts will be $10,000 to $25,000 and we expect to award grants in the Twin Cities metropolitan area as well as Greater Minnesota. The updated deadline for grant applications is Saturday, June 19, 2020, at Noon CDT. Second round grant award announcements will be made on June 26, 2020, and published on the Youthprise website.


Questions regarding the application will be accepted by email at

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