Capital Link is committed to helping ensure that health centers are equipped to financially weather the impacts of this pandemic. Below is a collection of COVID-19 funding sources and financing-related resources and tools. We will continue to update this page as we obtain new information.
View a state-by-state estimate of health center revenue and job loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis estimates the impact of a 50% decline in patient visits over a three-month period from April through June 2020, based on audited financial data HRSA Uniform Data System data, and economic impact multipliers. VIEW ANALYSIS >
Expected to pass the House Friday, March 27th, this contains a number of provisions for which health centers may be eligible. We are researching these opportunities and will provide more detailed information on our site as soon as it is available. In the meantime, see a summary of some notable provisions here.
NACHC has created a summary of major health center priorities and other provisions of interest to Community Health Centers in the third stimulus bill. LEARN MORE >
NACHC has prepared a document summarizing new Federal programs to assist health centers, PCAs, and HCCNs address cashflow and payroll concerns created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The document discusses Small Business Administration Loans, Emergency Leave, Paycheck Protection Loans, and Pandemic Unemployment Insurance, as well as other programs that might be beneficial to health centers with over 500 employees. This will be an evolving document, and will be updated with new information as it becomes available. VIEW DOCUMENT >
Sources of Funding
Health centers experiencing substantial economic distress as a result of COVID-19 can apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Low-Interest, Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans. LEARN MORE >
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance.
Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75% and repayment terms are flexible up to 30 years.
The Senate CARES bill creates a “paycheck protection program” for small employers, self-employed individuals, and “gig economy” workers, with $350 billion to help prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. LEARN MORE >
- The “Paycheck Protection Program” would provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If the employer maintains payroll, the portion of the loans used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to recover quickly from this crisis.
- This proposal would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls.
$80 million in funding has been allocated to tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations for resources in support of our nation’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). LEARN MORE >
As part of this upcoming funding action, CDC will:
- Supplement an existing CDC Cooperative Agreement to get resources quickly to nine regionally designated tribal organizations, including resources for sub-awards to tribes with the greatest burden and needs in their region and other direct funds to a number of large tribes.
- Supplement existing funding to the National Council of Urban Indian Health, which will make sub-awards to 41 urban Indian health centers.
- Supplement existing funding to the National Indian Health Board for COVID-19 communication activities.
The firm will provide $2 million to existing nonprofit partners who are facing new challenges supporting vulnerable populations in response to COVID-19. The funds will go towards helping these partners maintain operational capacity as they adjust their programming and provide resources to support their remote working capabilities, resiliency planning, fundraising, and communications. LEARN MORE >
Bank of America is committing $100 million to support local communities in need as the world faces unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus. The funds will help increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, increase access to learning as a result of school closures, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable populations. LEARN MORE >
DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants - Application closes at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 31st
The grant can cover:
- Employee wages and benefits (including fringe benefits associated with employment, such as health insurance)
- Accounts payable
- Fixed costs
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We also working to help first responders and critical care providers. LEARN MORE >
The emerging priorities of the Boston Resiliency Fund are to:
- Provide food to Boston's children and seniors
- Technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning, and
- Provide support to first responders and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their job.
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
National Health Care for the Homeless & Kaiser Permanente Grants - Deadline extended - Applications due by midnight PT TONIGHT, Monday, March 30th
These immediate impact grants are targeted for non-profits meeting the health needs of people experiencing homelessness in the face of COVID-19. LEARN MORE >
- Accepting grant applications for unrestricted funding to 501c3 organizations in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and the District of Columbia.
- Unrestricted grants will generally range from $25,000-$50,000.
The Fund will provide to CDFIs low-cost, fixed-rate loans of up to 10-year money with interest deferred in year one. This Fund is reserved for OFN member CDFIs serving for-profit and nonprofit businesses. The Fund has not yet opened for applications. Check back soon for more information. LEARN MORE >
COVID-19 Response Fund Grants are available to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response. LEARN MORE >
Grants will be awarded to:
- Support nonprofit organizations providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19.
- Provide operating support to nonprofit organizations that are meeting community needs resulting from COVID-19, and are in financial distress.
The Trust is providing no-interest loans to New York City nonprofit organizations working in the human services, with particular interest in those supporting essential healthcare, food delivery, homeless services, workforce development, educational support, and early childhood education, and arts and culture. LEARN MORE >
- Loans will range from $100,000 to $3 million
- Funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including covering delays in government payments for services delivered, postponed fundraising events, and increased expenses to deliver services which will be reimbursed in the future.
- Loans will be unsecured and have terms of either 12, 24, or 36 months. Full repayment is expected. Financial and cash flow planning coaching will also be available to organizations that receive these loans.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will award one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose operations in support of seniors, children, immigrants, workers, and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak. LEARN MORE >
- Loans up to $25,000 available
In response to COVID-19, the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) has established a $50 million emergency fund through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by and responding to the pandemic. LEARN MORE >
The fund will provide resources in the form of short-term loans, lines of credit, and emergency grants.
Foundations and other philanthropic institutions dedicated to improving quality of life across southwestern Pennsylvania have come together with unprecedented speed, to provide $4 million to create an Emergency Action Fund and as much as $6 million in aligned, coordinated efforts to lessen the damaging effects of the COVID-19 virus on residents, especially the most vulnerable. LEARN MORE >
The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. The Rapid Response Fund will provide grant awards on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. LEARN MORE >
- Providing support of $5.37 million
A $150 million as part of the Response Fund will be granted through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Instructions will be available at a later date. LEARN MORE >