Emergency Response Grants


The Community Foundation of Johnson County Emergency Response Grants Program will support nonprofit organizations, schools, or units of government serving Johnson County residents who are experiencing increased demand for their services and/or have had their operations adversely impacted by the COVID-19 (corona virus) pandemic.  Given the unique nature of this unprecedented event, grant applications that focus on immediate needs will be prioritized.


  • Nonprofit organizations, schools, or units of government located in or significantly serving Johnson County.
  • Demonstrate an immediate need for funding due to the pandemic and/or the impacts following public health recommendations to promote staff and visitor/client health and wellbeing.
    • Continuity of operations support due to increased expenses or decreased revenue;
    • Providing new, increased, or changed support to affected people, organizations, businesses, or communities
  • Organizations must comply with our Nondiscrimination and Diversity Policy.

Program Limitations

Grants cannot be made to individuals; aid to individuals will be done through nonprofit organizations with established processes for determining need. 

If funding allows, requests for support of mid-to-long term recovery and rebuilding efforts after COVID-19 will be considered later.

Available Funding

In this unprecedented situation, we must all be flexible to respond as needed within the resources we have to offer. We will set no maximum grant amount. However, to allow consistent comparisons, applicants must be specific about the amount requested within a time frame of what is needed over the next six weeks from the date of their application.

Given the ever-changing nature of this pandemic, organizations will be allowed to submit multiple requests, as new needs arise during our rolling application period.

Application Process and Timeline

Applications are submitted via our online grant system. Applications will be reviewed, and funding decisions made on a rolling basis, as quickly as possible. 

Grant decisions are made by the Community Foundation’s Granting Committee.  As needed, guidance about Johnson County’s critical needs will be sought from Johnson County’s Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD).

Have Questions?

We’re happy to help answer questions about your grant application.  Please contact our grants coordinator, Amelia Akers by email at Amelia@CFJC.org.

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