COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Announcing our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grant recipients


The Knott Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the community, and now more than ever, our community needs us.

COVID-19’s presence in Baltimore and beyond has been a sobering reality and significant challenge facing us all. We’re trying to feel our way through a situation that seemed unbelievable and is now the new normal. This has placed pressure on us to respond individually and as a community to address the health and economic concerns resulting from this uncertain new world.

The Foundation’s immediate response to this public health crisis and its ripple effect through the nonprofit industry has been to deploy our discretionary grant program as a rapid-response COVID-19 Emergency Fund. A select group of past grantees working on the front lines of food security and housing across Maryland each received a $5,000 grant to support their most urgent needs.

I am pleased to announce that 16 human service organizations received a total of $80,000 in grant support through this effort:

  • Baltimore Hunger Project
  • Community Assistance Network
  • Franciscan Center
  • Harford Community Action Agency
  • Helping Up Mission
  • Interfaith Services Coalition of Hancock
  • Light House
  • Manna House
  • Marian House
  • Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET)
  • Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
  • Our Daily Bread Employment Center (a program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore)
  • Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs
  • St. Francis Neighborhood Center
  • St. Mary’s Outreach Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

Click here to review a list of these grants and their purpose found in our past awards database.

We applaud these organizations and all your efforts to respond to our growing community needs during this uncertain time.  While there is currently no antidote for COVID-19, we believe respite may be found through compassion and collective action!