Community Resources

For Individuals

United Way of Dane County is gathering resources for those affected by Coronavirus. Please review the list below to learn more about available relief. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please click here or call United Way 211. This page will be updated on a weekly basis.

211 Resources List for Dane County, with language translation services

The City’s “How To” series provides an online list of community resources that can help with everything from eviction to finding healthy food. You will also find printable handouts on each topic.          

The UW-Madison DFMCH Office of Community Health provides a comprehensive listing of COVID-19 community resources.           

COVID-19 Resources App to help you find resources, information, and support during the COVID-19 crisis.

Dane County COVID-19 Dashboard provides new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts for Dane County, updated daily.

The latest update on the work of the US Census can be found here. Census takers are following up with nonresponding households and all offices are scheduled to complete their work by September 30, 2020.           

The City of Madison provides a Community Resources website with information on childcare, jobs, housing, food, internet access and more.

FEMA helps the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including numerous FAQs and responses related to the government response to the coronavirus.

A list of resources and aid for undocumented immigrants from Giving City and shared through Mission Capital

US Census: This site explains how to respond to the 2020 US Census by phone, mail, or online. Instructions and support are available through this site in 59 languages. The site also explains the importance of the Census and food, housing, and infrastructure resources that it provides to the community.

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Immigrants: Spreadsheet in English and Spanish with extensive links to national and state funding and information support for undocumented immigrants.

Madison Internet Access Information Line: 608-266-6300. Coordinated by the library to provide information on free or low-cost internet options, in operation between 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

The Legal Clinic at Madison College is holding virtual appointments and meeting with clients remotely. The legal help is free and confidential and provides assistance for issues including family law, unemployment, consumer law, expungement/pardons, driver’s license recovery and housing issues. You can learn more about the clinic and make an appointment on their website or by calling 608-243-4200.

COVID-19 – Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources list includes information for communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and long term.

The Looking Out Foundation has implemented a COVID-19 Relief Program for individuals and families lacking the resources to obtain basic necessities who are financially or otherwise in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maximum grant is $1,000.     

The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin works closely with the WorkSmart Network to help individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, or searching for a new career get into sustainable employment.

This article provides 10 Steps to Take to Try to Prevent Your Own Eviction.

Applications are open for the Dane County CARES Rental Assistance program with funding from the Federal CARES Act and disbursed through the Tenant Resource Center and Dane County Human Services for residents of Dane County.

The Nolet Family USA Relief Program has announced the “Another Round Another Rally” fund to support hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund provides $500 grants or eVouchers to individuals for use at nationwide retailers to help supplement groceries and essentials.

Emergency funding of $500 is available for beauty profession workers to cover short-term immediate needs such as food and bills.

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund from the Mission Asset Fund is providing financial support to immigrant families who have been left out of the federal government’s relief efforts. Immigrants may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives.

The PFund Foundation micro grants are awarded to nonprofits and individuals that are most affected by the coronavirus, including low-income individuals, those without health insurance or access to sick days, residents with greater health risks, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, communities of color, and undocumented workers and families. 

Ascendium Education Solutions and the Wisconsin Coalition on Student Debt have launched a free Wisconsin Student Loan Help Hotline to help student loan borrowers during the pandemic. The new dedicated toll-free number is 833-589-0750. This number will be available on the websites of the Higher Educational Aids Board and the Department of Financial Institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions on workers’ rights issues from Legal Aid at Work. Downloadable and printable document. Also available in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

FAQs on the federal Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks)

The IRS has set up the Economic Impact Payment Information Center to address questions related to the eligibility and distribution of federal stimulus checks.

PHMDC COVID-19 Food Access Resources Sheet includes food resources, links for obtaining food in Dane County and information on WIC and FoodShare benefits changes due to COVID-19.

Civic Links is a new, free online tool that simplifies the steps that low-income and non-filers must take on the IRS site for qualifying and requesting stimulus aid. The site provides resources for undocumented individuals and is also available in Spanish. No personal data is collected or shared from the site.

Good Jobs Institute Comprehensive Guide with ongoing updates and resource links for COVID-19 Worker Relief Funds, Company Actions, and Impact on Frontline Workers.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: website with information on unemployment, financial support, relief funds, immigration, and health safety for restaurant workers.

Economic Assistance & Employment Services, Dane County Department of Human Services

This indexed guide from the New York Times provides summary guidance on stimulus checks, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave and family leave and more helpful advice

Beginning September 8, MMSD will be offering curbside breakfast and lunch meal service pick up locations at 40 school sites for every student, regardless of free or reduced lunch eligibility.

The Association of American Educators has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and tools for online learning that is organized by subject area and student support needs.

The YMCA has launched a childcare program for virtual learners at 7 Dane County locations.

The Dream Bus of the Madison Public Library visits Madison communities and passes out books, no library card required. There are no penalties or check out process; books may be returned when the bus returns.

PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), are continuing the At-Home Learning TV broadcast for summer.

List of 317 free K-12 resources from District Administration magazine, updated regularly, for schools and educators for use during the coronavirus pandemic.

A comprehensive list from The Journal: Educational Technology, of free or reduced-cost online curriculum, broadband access support, and technology-focused support for education.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction offers information for families and educators on technology support and ways to help children cope with the pandemic crisis.

This collection of free, publicly available, quality digital math resources can be shared with parents to bolster early learning in mathematics. In addition to online games, many of these websites provide interactive games to play with children during day-to-day activities or offer downloadable math activities for children to use offline.

Department of Children and Families COVID-19 Child Care Request for Essential Workforce Families

Wisconsin 4-H Division of Extension offers fun hands-on learning to do at home.

Wisconsin Public Television provides comprehensive, free distance learning resources for early childhood classroom education, and community education.

Girl Scouts of Badgerland is offering virtual summer programming for all girls with “sneak-peeks” for girls to attend.

A new dashboard will share key metrics about the results of COVID-19 tests among UW-Madison faculty, staff and students. It will be updated by 2 pm daily with information such as the number of tests performed on campus, the percentage of campus tests that are positive, positive cases identified both on and off campus and cumulative data. 

The City of Madison provides an FAQ sheet regarding mandatory mask policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) has compiled and is sharing a general telehealth guide, providing HIPAA compliant telehealth comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) and clarification on reimbursement processes through WI Medicaid.

The State of Wisconsin offers assistance with burial or funeral expenses through its Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program. Providers may be reimbursed up to $1,500 in funeral expenses. To be eligible, the deceased must be enrolled in one of Wisconsin’s assistance programs such as Badger Care or Medicaid.

The City and County are encouraging everyone to get tested. Free COVID-19 Community Testing Site at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. No appointments or pre-registration necessary. Drive-through, bike-up or walk-up. 

The Dane County Public Health website provides comprehensive information on the novel coronavirus and response in Dane County.

Dane County COVID-19 Dashboard provides new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts for Dane County, updated daily.

HealthWell Foundation is providing assistance to individuals for up to $250 for costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence.

The MMSD school district website provides COVID-19 mental health resources for students, staff and parents.

Compilation of web-based resources and support for mental health from the National Resource List, particularly for communities of color.

Mental Health Guide from NAMI

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is providing a mental health resource sheet for students.

Journey Mental Health 24/7 Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Hotline: (608) 280-2600

Solstice House 24/7 Mental Health Warmline: (608) 244-5077

Alcohol and Drug Use 24/7 Helpline: (608) 228-1278

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or Text TALKWITHUS to 66746

The Family Center (telehealth services only): (608) 316-1180

Journey Mental Health (telehealth services only): (608) 280-2720

Lutheran Social Services (telehealth and in-person services. In-person requires COVID-19 screening.): (608) 277-0610

Parental Stress Line offering free 24/7 support for parents under stress. Available in all languages: (800) 632-8188

Local recovery groups (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Smart Recovery) are also working to create virtual meetings to support people’s recovery:

Alcoholics Anonymous Madison

AA Meetings

12 Step Online

Narcotics Anonymous

NA Meetings

NAMI Dane County Peer Support: (608) 249-7188 or https://www.namidanecounty.org/covid19

For Nonprofits

The YWCA Madison is offering Amplify Madison, a virtual experience for all people who identify as women for professional development and community engagement efforts. Application deadline is August 31, 2020.

Roth Cheese has launched “The Goddess Project” and will award up to $2,500 to a nonprofit that shares a story about how they are benefiting their community. Deadline is September 30, 2020.    

The Otto Bremer Trust Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund is a $50 million fund and all nonprofits in Wisconsin are eligible to apply for emergency needs arising from the pandemic crisis. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and start with completing a brief inquiry form.

The Grassroots Exchange Fund from the Common Counsel Foundation is a rapid response small grants program designed to support adjustments needed due to COVID-19 in networking and collaboration strategies. Proposals will be reviewed twice monthly until November.

How to Run a Successful Virtual Event with Examples and Suggestions for Effective Digital Platforms.

This crisis response toolkit is a free online planning tool to help nonprofits respond to the pandemic through the rest of 2020.

Enterprise Community Partner’s Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Stability program offers nonprofit community partners emergency grants for payroll support, support for immediate needs of families and individuals they serve, immediate and long-term guidance and technical assistance on resilience planning and financial strategies.

The Dane County Extension Division has put together a resource page for nonprofit organizations that includes helpful information about sustainability, conducting effective online meetings, and resources for arts organizations.

Lyft is piloting a new initiative called Essential Deliveries. Through this program, organizations that need delivery services for essential goods – such as groceries, medical supplies, auto parts and home necessities – are quickly matched with Lyft drivers, who can carry the deliveries out.

This PPP Toolbox from FMA Institute is designed to support nonprofit organizations as they navigate the Paycheck Protection Program, from Application, through Loan Management and Reporting and Forgiveness. The site has been updated with tools reflecting the latest SBA guidance, including a revised Loan Forgiveness Application and a new Form EZ for a more streamlined application process.

Mission Capital is sharing a comprehensive listing compiled by nonprofits of COVID-19 nonprofit and philanthropy resources.

A webinar from Scholz Nonprofit Law and sponsored by Madison Community Foundation presents updates on PPP loans, loan forgiveness and workplace reopening issues.

Madison Community Foundation has compiled a Q&A sheet, updated regularly, to answer questions around employment status and COVID-19.

Free on-demand course to help nonprofits and ministry staff in the COVID-19 crisis, from City Vision University.

Forward Dane is the plan that provides Dane County-specific data and guidance for how and when we can begin to allow people to interact in a safe way and incrementally reopen businesses using a phased approach.

The Madison Community Foundation and Scholz Nonprofit Law offer numerous recorded presentations and worksheets available on their website to help nonprofits learn more about, and apply for, federal and state aid, including the PPP forgivable loan program.

The Dane County Extension Division provides a resource page for nonprofit organizations about upcoming webinars and resources for navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

Reflections on Trust and Its Relationship to Racial Inequity on Nonprofit Boards    

Navigator for how to navigate business impacts and federal relief related to COVID-19 from the Montana Nonprofit Association.

Grantmakers for Girls of Color will give $1 million in grants through its Love Is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund to resource organizations and projects that address the immediate needs for girls and nonbinary youths of color during the pandemic. The fund will provide one-time grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations and coalitions led by women or girls of color. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis from May through November.

The Wallace Foundation provides management resources for nonprofits during the coronavirus.

OpenIDEO will help organizations seeking free support with communications by sharing your need with communities of creatives who seek opportunities to make an impact. You can register your interest on this form.

The Pollination Project will accept applications for volunteer community projects that address community and emotional resilience or virtualization of existing grassroots projects

International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) is offering one-time only cash awards of under $500 for an impact-oriented volunteer project focused on COVID-19 support, such as health and safety training of volunteers.

The Open Road Alliance is offering grants up to $100,000 to charitable groups that are directly responding to COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations may be based anywhere.

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation has published a guide on the Paycheck Protection Program with a checklist and guidelines, including for nonprofit organizations.

The Gadfly Project is making available in-kind grants for non-profit organizations seeking to implement a software initiative. In-kind support for projects valued at up to $100,000 with a rolling deadline.

Amgen Foundation: Nonprofits may submit a request for a cash donation in support of their COVID-19 relief efforts.

Microsoft’s Tech for Social Impact initiative provides nonprofit organizations with free and reduced cost access to Microsoft tools, software and technical assistance.

Madison Community Foundation support and resources for nonprofit organizations, including arts and environmental.

Dane County Extension Community Development Training webinars, sustainability resources and organizational guidelines for nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis.

GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19.  

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age as well as programs that provide support to parents. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 30, 2020.

The SBHSN Student Support Recovery Grant will provide funding of up to $250,000 to implement telehealth mental health program services for children impacted by short and long-term school closures. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, until funding is no longer available.

Dane County is partnering with Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C) to administer grants to roughly 500 Dane County childcare providers. Grant amounts will vary based on the size of the provider from a minimum of $1,400 to a maximum of $15,000. Childcare providers with questions can email 4-C at providercarepayments@4-c.org.

Applications are open for the Dane County CARES Rental Assistance program with funding from the Federal CARES Act and disbursed through the Tenant Resource Center and Dane County Human Services for residents of Dane County.

Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund from Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC) is for organizations that address the inequity and marginalization of girls of color. Interested organizations must submit a short interest form for consideration. Those invited to apply will be contacted on a rolling basis and funds distributed until November 2020.

Enterprise Community Partner’s Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Stability program offers nonprofit community partners emergency grants for payroll support, support for immediate needs of families and individuals they serve, immediate and long-term guidance and technical assistance on resilience planning and financial strategies. Owners or operators of affordable housing that are interested in learning more about the program may submit an inquiry.

UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty provides downloadable information, data and trends on poverty.

The Otto Bremer Trust has established an emergency fund to provide small grants to nonprofits in Wisconsin. The first step is completing a short initial inquiry form.

The PFund Foundation micro grants are awarded to nonprofits and individuals that are most affected by the coronavirus, including low-income individuals, those without health insurance or access to sick days, residents with greater health risks, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, communities of color, and undocumented workers and families. 

Amalgamated Foundation Worker and Families Fund.

Federal Programs that Support Individuals Experiencing Homelessness.

US Interagency Council on Homelessness Comprehensive resource page of information and guidelines during the pandemic.

Omidyar Network COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund with rolling review and funds up to $75,000.

A webinar recording from Enterprise on how impacted communities can use HUD’s Community Development Block Grants to address the pandemic. This webinar features a Q&A session with HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning & Development John Gibbs and his team.

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is offering grants up to $10,000 to advance health equity by addressing social determinants of health. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM CDT on September 11, 2020.  

The AIDS United Relief, Recovery and Resilience Fund is for organizations impacted by the pandemic crisis, with funding priority for nonprofits that serve people who use drugs or serve communities of color, especially Black communities. Grants of up to $15,000 and applications will be reviewed until funds are exhausted.

The Ironman Foundation has expanded their grant focus this year to include health-related nonprofits who focus on a range of COVID-19 related needs.

For Educators

Empatico is a free digital platform for teachers of students ages 6-11 that offers everything needed to build meaningful connections through video exchanges: a partner classroom, activity plans, and built-in video, messaging, and scheduling tools.     

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction today issued Education Forward, a guidance document for Wisconsin district and school leaders to use as they plan for a safe, efficient and equitable return to school for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), are continuing the At-Home Learning TV broadcast for summer.

List of 317 free K-12 resources from District Administration magazine, updated regularly, for schools and educators for use during the coronavirus pandemic.

A comprehensive list from The Journal: Educational Technology, of free or reduced-cost online curriculum, broadband access support, and technology-focused support for education.

This collection of free, publicly available, quality digital math resources can be shared with parents to bolster early learning in mathematics. In addition to online games, many of these websites provide interactive games to play with children during day-to-day activities or offer downloadable math activities for children to use offline.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction offers information for families and educators on technology support and ways to help children cope with the pandemic crisis.

Google.org has announced expanded COVID-19 Support Resources: free access to Google tools and distance learning. This includes support on Google Classroom, the virtual meeting tool Google Meet, and preparing students for distance learning on Google Chromebooks.

 Resources to help students deal with grief from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students

For Businesses

The City of Madison is providing no-cost matching funds to small business owners who take out loans of up to $15,000 from Kiva, which is an international, nonprofit, crowdfunding platform for small businesses.

Forward Dane is the plan that provides Dane County-specific data and guidance for how and when we can begin to allow people to interact in a safe way and incrementally reopen businesses using a phased approach.

The US Chamber of Commerce offers a comprehensive guide and other tools to assist businesses in a safe process of reopening.
Emergency funds and resources for Latinx business owners, available in English and Spanish.

Navigator for how to navigate business impacts and federal relief related to COVID-19.

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation has published a guide on the Paycheck Protection Program with a checklist and guidelines.