2020 Rapid Response
Grant Application Process

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2020 Rapid Response Grant Process

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Cooper Foundation has modified the grant application process in 2020.

  • Monthly grant awards and distributions through September, 2020.
  • Grants will be for unrestricted operating support.
  • Simplified application form.
  • Simplified grant reporting.


  • To be eligible in 2020, the organization must have already received a grant from the Cooper Foundation, work in our priority program areas, and have critical operating needs.

Grant Amounts

  • Applicants may request up to $10,000. Typical grant awards will be $2,500 – $10,000.

Grant Priorities

  • All Cooper Foundation program areas: arts and humanities, civic and community engagement, education, environment, and human services
  • Services to low-income and vulnerable populations
  • Critical operational needs of nonprofit organizations



1.    Email inquiry to victoria.grasso@cooperfoundation.org and/or tram.kieu@cooperfoundation.org.

2.    Cooper Foundation staff will contact you to discuss your request.

3.    If eligible, Cooper Foundation staff will complete a brief assessment, and send an email confirmation to apply.

4.    Applications will be scheduled in the next available application cycle.

Application OPENS
Application DUE

May Cycle

April 27

May 8

June Cycle

June 1

June 12

July Cycle

June 29

July 10

August Cycle

July 27

August 7

September Cycle

August 31

September 11

5.    Foundation staff review the application materials before sending them to our board of trustees, which makes grant decisions at monthly meetings. 

6.    Staff will contact the applicant during the review period if we have questions. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation after the Application is submitted if they have substantial updates or changes to their proposal.

7.    Grants approved will be paid through electronic fund transfer.

To learn more about the information required in the online application form, see:

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