MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund: COVID-19 Responsive Grant Program


The Foundation for MetroWest’s MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund was established to enable the rapid delivery of financial resources to MetroWest-based nonprofit organizations working to serve our communities during broad-based emergencies, including natural disasters, financial crises, and public health emergencies.


As the current COVID-19 pandemic deeply impacts our region and its residents, the Foundation will open a rolling rapid response grant program to provide operating grants to nonprofit organizations.

At this time, the Foundation will prioritize organizations who are providing emergency basic needs to our most vulnerable residents, families and youth across our region. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Access to food
  • Access to basic hygiene products
  • Emergency shelter and clothing
  • Emergency childcare

Grants of up to $5,000 will be provided as funds are available. If your needs are greater, we will consider providing larger grants on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: This is a fluid situation and we will continue to assess and adjust funding priorities as needed to respond to additional needs we know will arise in our communities in the coming months.


Requests must come from designated 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations providing

Requests for funding will be reviewed one time per week by Foundation staff, including input from a small group of MetroWest funders. Please expect a response within 5-7 business days.


All requests must be submitted through the Foundation’s grant system, Foundant. To complete your request:

  1. Log into or create your Foundant account. See a brief tutorial on how to create an account here.
  2. Once logged into the system, select “Apply” in the upper-left hand corner. Find and select the “COVID-19 Emergency Relief” grant process.
  3. Complete and submit a brief request.

For questions regarding eligibility, the grant process, or tech assistance please email us.