COVID-19 funding information and free resources

At Dobility, we recognize that the evolving impact of COVID-19 is rapidly changing the world as we know it and the way our users work. We are in awe of all of our users, colleagues, and the entire global community of practitioners who are working tirelessly on the frontlines to collect data that helps to address the needs of vulnerable and at-risk communities across the world. You can read Dobility’s full response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Amidst these challenges, we’re helping our users adjust and still deliver on their projects by quickly expanding the flexibility and capabilities of the SurveyCTO platform and providing capacity-building resources. We also recognize that our users who want to join the fight against COVID-19 might be in need of funding to do so. This article presents funding opportunities and free services for projects developing responses to COVID-19, as well as funding requests from international development organizations. We’ll be updating this list on an ongoing basis. If you’d like to contribute to this list, or if you have any questions, please contact us via email at

Funding opportunities and free services 

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

  • Description: J-PAL has a number of initiatives that have opened dedicated off-cycle rounds to fund research by J-PAL affiliates and invited researchers that will generate rapid, actionable insights that can help inform policy responses to the pandemic.
  • More information: J-PAL website

Amazon Web Services $20 million for customers working on diagnostics solutions.

American Economic Association (AEA)

  • Description: The AEAweb provides information on funding for economists and the opportunity for organizations, institutions, and agencies to post information on grants available for economic research.
  • More information: AEAweb

American Heart Association (AHA) Rapid Response Grant

  • Description: The American Heart Association (AHA) invites cardiovascular-focused researchers that will contribute to understanding the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, clinical manifestations, clinical management (including critical care management) and social behaviors which can lead to dissemination, containment, and complications of COVID-19.
  • More information: American Heart Association website

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Initiative to Speed Development and Access to Therapies for COVID-19

  • Description: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard committed up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the COVID-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments.
  • More information: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website

Boston Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

  • Description: Hosted by the Boston Foundation, 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. The Fund is designed to be adaptable in its goals and focus, which will evolve as community members and nonprofits in the region share their needs.
  • More information: Boston Foundation website

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund

  • Description: The CDP COVID-19 Response Fund will focus on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations in order to help build their capacity for response.
  • More information: Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University

  • Description: The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business launched a comprehensive, searchable database for global, national and regional capital sources for nonprofit and for profit entrepreneurs at risk due to COVID-19. The resource lists grants, loans, tax credits, and other cash equivalents that can help with capital needs during this crisis.
  • More information:

Chester County Community foundation

  • Description: The Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund provides flexible resources to Chester County nonprofits that are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
  • More information: Chester County Community foundation website

Cisco Webex free access

  • Description: Cisco has extended the capability available on free Webex Meetings accounts in all countries where this service is available to help users impacted by COVID-19 and others. Webex Meeting is an online meeting and conferencing platform.
  • More information: Webex website

Council on Foundations COVID-19 Response Funds

  • Description: The Council on Foundations has created a list of global response funds and funding opportunities related to COVID-19 relief to benefit the public. The list was compiled from publicly available information and users with funding opportunities can complete a submission form to be added to the list.
  • More information: COVID-19 Foundation Response Funds


  • Description: Elsevier has launched a Novel Coronavirus Information Center with free health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19. The resource includes expert, curated information for the research and health community on SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus) and COVID-19 (the disease). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients.
  • More information: Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center


  • Description: Frontiers has launched the Coronavirus Funding Monitor to help connect COVID-19 research with funding. The resource provides a curated list of open funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations, specifically for COVID-19 and coronavirus-related research. This resource is updated daily.
  • More information: Frontiers Coronavirus Funding Monitor

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and IHEs for Research Related to COVID-19 and Life-Science Technologies

  • Description: Grants of up to $20,000 to North Carolina universities and nonprofit research organizations for research to develop technologies in the life sciences.
  • More information: Grant Watch

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance in Eligible Communities

  • Description: Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states for COVID-19 assistance in communities in the funding source’s service area. Priority will be given to nonprofit organizations providing direct service to clients impacted by the Coronavirus.
  • More information: Grant Watch

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Description: The Office of Research Strategy and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health has a list COVID-19 resources for researchers including federal funding resources for research on COVID-19 as well as internal and non-federal funding resources for research on COVID-19
  • More information: Harvard School of Public Health website

In-kind Grants to USA, Canada, and International Research Institutions and Private Entities for Research Related to COVID-19

  • Description: In-kind grants of credits and technical support to USA, Canada, and International research institutions, consortia, and private entities for research related to COVID-19/Coronavirus. Grants are intended to assist with the development of point-of-care diagnostic (testing).
  • More information: Grant Watch

International Growth Center Small and Growing Business (SGB) Evidence Fund

  • Description: The Small and Growing Business (SGB) Evidence Fund, a joint effort of the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), supports collaborations between researchers and practitioners to understand the most effective ways to support SGBs and the economic and social impact of SGB growth.
  • More information: International Growth Center (IGC)

Johns Hopkins University

  • Description: The Johns Hopkins University Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has a list of funding opportunities specific to COVID-19. The list is updated as new opportunities arise.
  • More information: COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

LifeArc £10M research fund for the identification of COVID-19 therapeutics

  • Description: LifeArc has made available an initial £10M for the identification of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19. The aim is to run trials in patients during the current epidemic. It is anticipated that applications will be for funding to repurpose one or more drugs that are generic, already licensed, or are in late stage development for another indication.
  • More information: LifeArc website

NVIDIA Gives COVID-19 Researchers Free Access to Parabricks

  • Description: In response to the current pandemic, NVIDIA is sharing tools with researchers that can accelerate their race to understand the novel coronavirus and help inform a response. NVIDIA is providing a free 90-day license to Parabricks to any researcher in the worldwide effort to fight the novel coronavirus. Based on the well-known Genome Analysis Toolkit, Parabricks uses GPUs to accelerate by as much as 50x the analysis of sequence data.
  • More information: NVIDIA website

Penn State Health

Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

  • Description: COVID-19 Response Fund Grants are available to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response.
  • More information: Rhode Island Foundation

Save the Children’s COVID-19 Learning Pathway

  • Description: The COVID-19 Learning Pathway aims to enable humanitarians, including local responders, to be best equipped to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This resource is an open access for partners and local responders and it contains online technical capacity strengthening programmes, soft skills and remote working capacity strengthening programmes and a library of key downloadable resources.
  • More information: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Learning Pathway

Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

  • Description: Housed at Seattle Foundation, the Fund makes grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with emergency assistance, such as financial support, healthcare, and childcare.
  • More information: Seattle Foundation

The Lancet

  • Description: To assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring the COVID-19 outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created a Coronavirus Resource Centre. This resource brings together new 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All of the COVID-19 content is free to access.
  • More Information: The Lancet COVID-19 Resource Centre

University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill (UNC) 

University of South Carolina Covid-19 research fund (internal)

  • Description: The Office of the Vice President for Research is offering competitive funding through a special initiative to support COVID-19-related research by faculty from all disciplines, across the U of SC system.
  • More information: University of South Carolina Office of Research

Walmart Foundation

  • Description: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a $25 million commitment on March 17 to support organizations on the frontlines responding to COVID-19. The money will be distributed in a series of grants, each furthering the capacity of organizations to help communities affected by the pandemic.
  • More information: Walmart foundation website

Calls to action and funding requests

CARE India

  • Description: CARE is quickly mounting a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic – which threatens to overwhelm healthcare resources, particularly in countries with weak public health infrastructures. In India, they are leveraging our past experience responding to outbreaks of infectious disease in vulnerable communities – taking particular note that emergencies, including health crises, tend to disproportionately affect women and girls.
  • More information: CARE India website

Education for Employment (EFE)

  • Description: EFE is asking for help as they respond to support vulnerable youth whose livelihoods and futures are at risk. A few months ago, they launched the Catalyst Fund to support strategic objectives that include online training for youth as well as innovation, technology and operations. COVID-19 has led to the need to accelerate that timeline. 
  • More information: Education for Employment website

Food For The Poor

  • Description: Food For The Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the US and it serves vulnerable populations in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the organization is providing much needed medical supplies and food to where it is most needed. Donations are requested to help further this work.
  • More information: Food For The Poor website

Heifer International

  • Description: The spread of the COVID-19 virus has reached 20 of the 21 countries where Heifer International works. For the families they serve, the new and changing reality of the COVID-19 outbreak could mean not being able to earn an income, or feed their children. They need help to support these families and gifts will be matched — doubling the support they can provide.
  • More information: Heifer International website

Humanity and Inclusion

  • Description: Although Europe is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the virus continues to spill across continents and countries, causing widespread disarray. The number of affected people increases daily by the thousands. Given this unprecedented and dramatic situation, Humanity & Inclusion is taking special measures to protect its teams, maintain its operational capabilities, and continue assisting the most vulnerable.
  • More information: Humanity and Inclusion website

Oxfam UK

  • Description: Now more than ever, the world’s poorest communities are at great risk. As coronavirus escalates, millions of people who are already suffering in extreme poverty – often living in cramped conditions with poor hygiene and limited healthcare – desperately need help to stay safe. We’re helping people minimize the risk of infection by providing them with accurate information and advice in local languages. Our teams are delivering soap, sanitation services including hand washing facilities, and clean water to those most at risk. This lifesaving work is only possible with you. Help vulnerable families in the fight against coronavirus today.
  • More information: Oxfam website

Plan International

  • Description: Plan International is appealing for donations for its response to COVID-19, which will include support for the most vulnerable children around the world. The organization plans work with communities, governments and partners to tackle the spread of COVID-19 by sharing public health information, promoting best hygiene practices and installing hand-washing facilities. Furthermore, in refugee camps where the organization currently works, they working to intensify support and preventative measures.
  • More information: Plan International website

Save the Children

  • Description: As the COVID-19 outbreak spread, Save the Children mobilized immediately to provide support for children and health teams worldwide. The organization is now appealing for donations to help support schools and community programs that feed children who are mostly affected by this pandemic.
  • More information: Save the Children website
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