Haymarket Is Increasing
Urgent Response Funding
Small grants, with a quick turnaround,  to help groups respond
to unforeseen crises or opportunities

As we have for the past 46 years, Haymarket continues to support grassroots community organizing for racial and social justice. We know groups are and will need to act and mobilize quickly in our communities in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. We understand that this will include basic community and organizational survival needs as well as organizing efforts in response to the immediate public health crisis and its aftermath.

Urgent Response Grants are up to $1,000/year to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforeseen crises or opportunities that critically affect your organization and constituency. This includes unexpected events, political crises, or organizing opportunities. Groups will be notified about grant decisions 1 - 2 weeks  after receiving an application.

In order to support your vital community organizing, Haymarket has increased the pool of available Urgent Response Grant funding. You do not need to be a grantee of Haymarket to apply but need to fit our basic funding criteria including an organizational budget under $300,000. For grant information:

  • Click here for more information on how to apply for an Urgent Response Grant.
  • Click here for more information on Haymarket’s Grants and Funding Criteria.

To receive an application, please email Jaime Smith, Grants Director at jaime@haymarket.org.

In addition, here is a list of other rapid response funding and other resources:

Nellie Mae Education Foundation has launched a rapid response fund, the Racism is a Virus Too Rapid Response Grant Fund, to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19.

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund's COVID19 rapid response funding through the Seed grant program is available to all community groups (whether you are new to the Fund or already have an active grant/application for another project) for urgent needs to offer community responses to COVID19. Grants are up to $1,000 and we will work to get funding out as quickly as possible.

Resist Foundation - Rapid Response Grants  available here.

Philanthropy Massachusetts - Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources for COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund. For more information, click here

Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund provides fast funding to grassroots organizations led by women of color, trans people of color, and low-income women and trans people in critical, but unexpected, fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice. A multi-issue fund, our Rapid Response Fund supports organizations on the frontlines, defending the most vulnerable communities with timely, flexible grants with an emphasis on funding in states and communities where women of color, transgender people of color, and low-income women and trans people-led organizing is under-resourced. For more information, click here.

New Economy Coalition staff pulled together a detailed roundup of COVID-19 Emergency Funding Sources and you can find other resources on their website.

Haymarket is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation that is committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. In these trying times, the need for physical distance is an act of social solidarity for vulnerable communities. It is critical for all of us to center those most in need and practice collective care.


“Movements are born of critical connections rather than critical mass.”

-- Grace Lee Boggs