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CMF Announces COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Community Memorial Foundation has been listening: first and foremost, to our grantee partners—to their needs and concerns; to Chicagoland-area grantmaking colleagues; and to thought leaders across the country. Our focus is how to best understand how this pandemic is impacting our local communities and to learn what strategies others are using to successfully respond to the situation.

Towards that end, we are immediately launching a COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund to address the current stated needs of our grantee partners.

Areas of Focus

While we acknowledge and appreciate all that you are doing in response to our neighbors during this outbreak, the COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund is focused on the following areas:

  • Telehealth tools needed to build an organization’s capacity to provide essential primary healthcare and behavioral healthcare services
  • Filling health and human services gaps in serving the disproportionately affected by specifically addressing:
    • food insecurity
    • emergency shelter
    • basic necessities
Grant Amount

Organizations may request up to $25,000 from the COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund.


Organizations who have received a grant from Community Memorial Foundation within the past three years are eligible to apply. The COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund does not affect an organization’s eligibility to apply to our regular spring and fall grant cycles or our 25th anniversary grant opportunity.


An eligible organization may submit a COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund Proposal by Thursday April 9th at 9 AM by using this link. The Foundation will make funding decisions by April 17th at the latest, and will notify selected organizations.

If you have any questions about CMF’s COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund, please contact Nan Silva at or Tom Fuechtmann at

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