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Criteria & Eligibility

Every community has different needs and is at a different stage of their recovery. In each round we work with our Network Partners to align our goals to meet a set of societal needs within targeted communities. In doing so, we tailor our support to a specific region or population from round to round.

Basic Physiological Needs: Organizations helping to provide for gaps in basic physiological needs that occurred as a result of the pandemic. (Examples include: food, clean water, etc.)

Physical Safety: Organizations addressing needs in their community related to dangerous physical situations created in or exacerbated by the pandemic. (Examples include: personal protective equipment, combating domestic violence, etc.)

Economic Security: Organizations working with individuals whose ability to obtain or retain income or employment is under threat or is absent as a result of COVID-19. (Examples include: worker protections, employment, job placement or training for unemployed individuals, etc.)

Knowledge and Understanding: Organizations assisting with the creation, distribution, and accessibility of knowledge and information within and on behalf of vulnerable communities. (Examples include: developing public service announcements on proper WASH techniques, interpreting new ordinances from local authorities, etc.)

Systems and Institutions: Organizations working to bolster, substitute, or modify institutions that have been compromised as a result of COVID-19. (Examples include: schools, health clinics, law enforcement, etc.)

Community and Social Cohesion: Organizations working to cultivate community and social cohesion after an era of social distancing and isolation. (Examples include: virtual mentorship programs, creating spaces for safe interaction, etc.)

Internal Wellbeing: Organizations working with individuals and communities facing new stressors as a result of the pandemic. (Examples include: suicide prevention, grief counseling, etc.)

Organizations will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Track record: Do they have a significant track record? Do they have demonstrable evidence of success?
  • Impact: Do they have great potential for meaningful change? Do they have an approach and strategy that will yield immediate impact?
  • Innovation: Is the work addressing the problem in a novel or unique way? Is the approach innovative in terms of strategy, process, or activities?
  • Ecosystem: Do they employ an intersectional approach that leverages and improves existing models? Do they leverage best practices?
  • Responsive: Given the urgency, are they able to execute immediately? Are they prepared and currently addressing the issue?