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Omidyar Network COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Policy Reform Initiatives that
Address the Needs of Working People Impacted by COVID-19

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for policy and system reform initiatives that address the needs of working people who have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to assist families struggling to make ends meet and to create a balanced, equitable economy. Funding may be used to support direct lobbying or other advocacy efforts that are categorized as 501(c)4 activities. Eligible expenses include political ads and related expenses.

Omidyar Network plans to give grants to groups working to realign this nation’s economic policies and systems so that they work better for everyone.

The Omidyar Network COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund will infuse 501c4 funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping the economic structure to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future.

The Fund aims to immediately help organizations that they are familiar with while engaging with new partners and moving money to coalition efforts as they materialize. Throughout the year, they plan to support a mix of existing and new partners. They are particularly interested in reaching grassroots groups that are under-resourced and hit the hardest by fundraising constraints stemming from the current tragedy and economic downturn. 

The Fund cares about reimagining capitalism by fixing the structural economic problems that made working people in the United States so vulnerable to begin with. The Fund is not intended to support entirely new efforts. They are looking for campaigns that are already in motion and can leverage 501(c)4 funds to capture the attention of policymakers and propel their ideas forward. 

Funding will be awarded to give an extra boost to:

  • Direct advocacy efforts to achieve policy or regulatory solutions at the national, state, or local level that protect and assist working people and small businesses now and establish new precedents that improve worker power and well-being in the future;
  • Digital organizing that reconfigures campaigns that can no longer be carried out in person due to the virus;
  • Strategic communications, coordination, and narrative development among like-minded advocacy groups; and
  • Efforts that bring organizations together to create a louder, more unified voice calling for policy and regulatory changes at the national, state, or local level that result in a stronger economy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189425

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no limit on the amount of funding that may be requested. It is anticipated that a majority of the grants from the Fund will be for $75,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

The entire amount must be used over the next 12 to 15 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are especially encouraged from 501(c)(4) organizations, 501(c)(3) organizations exercising the 501(h) election, or other tax exempt entities with organized policy efforts.

Eligible applicants:
-Organizations conducting advocacy related directly to the needs of working people, small businesses, or other constituencies central to the reimagining capitalism program;
-Advocacy work tied to an existing campaign, program, or organizational priority (i.e., not something that is just getting underway);
-Organizations that have the financial capacity to accepts and spend 501c4 dollars and are able to do their proposed advocacy work (i.e. financial stability);
-Advocacy work that seeks to restructure the economy, either through the organization’s long-term strategy or mission OR through the organization’s strategic communications work; and
-Organizations coordinating with a coalition of other groups on a specific policy fight related to reshaping the economy.

-Applicants do not have to be a current or past Omidyar Network grantee to apply for 501c4 dollars from the Fund.
-The Fund is not intended to support entirely new efforts.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to send in applications is June 5th.

To open the Supporting Documents below, use the password "advocacy."

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Phone: 650.482.2500
Fax: 650.482.2525

Apply online:

Joelle Gamble at

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