Help Those Impacted by COVID-19 in the Mohawk Valley


The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and United Way of the Mohawk Valley have joined together to create a single community-wide fund to support organizations responding to human services needs in Herkimer and Oneida counties resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of grants on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the crisis, ensuring resources can quickly and nimbly meet evolving needs in real-time.


Individual donors, companies, funders and other organizations are encouraged to contribute to the fund. Online gifts will have the most immediate impact. Donations can also be sent to The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502. Questions related to donations should be directed to Nick Grimmer, director of giving strategies, at For all other questions, please visit our FAQs page.

Community Foundation fundholders that would like to recommend a grant from their fund may complete a Donor-Advised Grant Recommendation Form and submit it to Lindsey Costello, donor relations manager, at


Apply for Funding


The Community Foundation will administer grants from the fund in partnership with United Way of the Mohawk Valley, and in close collaboration with county governments. The first step to apply for funding is filling out a brief online grant application using the link below.

Dollars from this fund will NOT be used to directly support individuals. Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable entities, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. Grants cannot be made to individuals or businesses directly, labor unions or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations. 

Please email with questions about the grantmaking process. For all other questions, please visit our FAQs page.

Phone application for COVID fund website

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