COVID-19 Response Funds

In order to support both donors and nonprofits during this uncertain time, Forefront has compiled a list of emergency funds and other collective actions that have been created across the state in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They are sorted below by area of service. We will update this page with new funds and information as we learn of them. Please email to alert us to new funds created or other resources we may share with the social impact sector.


Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities Relief Fund



City of Chicago Small Business Fund

Archdiocese of Chicago

Chicago Community Trust & United Way of Greater Chicago COVID-19 Response Fund

Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund

Chicago Federation of Musicians Relief Fund

A Better Chicago Emergency Relief Fund

Big Shoulders Fund

The Resurrection Project Rapid Relief Fund



Community Foundation of East Central Illinois & United Way of Champaign County Relief Fund



Community Foundation of Macon County Emergency Response Fund

Community Foundation of Macon County & United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois Volunteer Opportunities


DuPage County

DuPage Foundation Fund



Evanston Community Foundation Rapid Response Fund

Fox Valley

Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund


United Way of Northwest Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund


Grundy County

Community Foundation of Grundy County Disaster Fund



Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley Emergency Response Fund


Knox and Warren County

Galesburg Community Foundation Rapid Response Fund


Lake County

United Way of Lake County, Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and the Lake County Municipal League COVID-19 Response Fund


McHenry County

Community Foundation for McHenry County and United Way of Greater McHenry County COVID-19 Response Fund



Morton Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund


Oak Park-River Forest

Oak Park-River Forest Rapid Response and Recovery Fund


Quad Cities

Quad Cities Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

United Way of Quad Cities Actions & Info



Community Foundation of the Quincy Area COVID-19 Nonprofit Response Fund



Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and United Way of Central Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund


Will County

United Way of Will County COVID-19 Response Fund


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