Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - Minority Serving Institutions

Grants to Minority Serving IHEs to Address
Needs Related to the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Deadline Date:



Request a Grant Writer

Grants to minority serving institutes of higher education to address needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take upwards of several weeks to complete. Grant funds may be used to expand remote learning programs, improve the institution's IT capacity, and award scholarships to students.

Section 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act states that institutions may use funds “to address needs directly related to Coronavirus” and specifically “for grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (as defined under section 472 of the Higher Education Act), including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” Students may have needs directly related to the Coronavirus after the semester or quarter in which the national emergency was declared. 

Although the CARES Act does not require an institution to use at least 50% of funds received under Section 18004(a)(2) or Section 18004(a)(3) for grants to students, the Certification and Agreement for Funds under Section 18004(a)(2) or Section 18004(a)(3), respectively, states: “[T]he Secretary urges Recipient to devote the maximum possible amount of the award to Student Grants, including some or all of the award that a Recipient may use for Recipient’s Expenses, especially if Recipient has a significant endowment or other resources at its disposal. The Secretary urges Recipient to take strong measures to ensure that Student Grants are made to the maximum extent possible.”

Institutions may also use these funds to defray institutional expenses, which under Section 18004(a)(2) and Section 18004(a)(3) may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with the transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191071

Estimated Size of Grant:

See "Allocations for Section 18004(a)(2) of CARES Act" in Supporting Documents below.

Term of Contract:

Institutions must spend HEERF funds by September 30, 2022.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minority Serving Institutions may apply.

The Department would not consider the following to constitute Recipient’s Expenses and, therefore, would not view them as allowable expenditures: senior administrator and/or executive salaries, benefits, bonuses, contracts, incentives; stock buybacks, shareholder dividends, capital distributions, and stock options; and any other cash or other benefit for a senior administrator or executive.

Pre-Application Information:

The Certification and Agreement forms must be submitted on or before August 1, 2020, through for your institution to receive the funds.

In order to access these funds, eligible institutions should complete and sign the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for an Award under Section 18004(a)(2) of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and/or the Recipient’s Funding Certification and return it via

Required Registrations:
- Registration on SAM ( which may take approximately one week to complete, but could take upwards of several weeks to complete,
- You must provide the DUNS number on your application that was used when you registered as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) on

View this opportunity on

Contact Information:

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

If you have questions concerning this program, please submit them via e-mail to, or by phone, at 202-377-3711.

For further information, contact:
Lauren Kennedy
Telephone: (202) 453-7957.

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 278-24,
Washington, DC 20202-4260 Customer Support
1-800-518-4726 or

CFDA Number:


Funding or Pin Number:


URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Tribes to Reduce Violent C...

Deadline 06/22/21

Grants to USA government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and tribal governments for activities to reduce violent crime in local neighborhoods. Interested applicants are advised that required registra

GrantWatch ID#: 123715

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Tribes to Provide Technical Assistance and Counseling to Disadv...

Deadline 05/20/21

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and Tribes to provide technical assistance and counseling for disadvantaged small businesses. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the available funding is to support

GrantWatch ID#: 125374

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Public Programs that Promote the Humanities in Local Commu...

Deadline 07/15/21 LOI Date: 05/15/21

Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that promote the humanities in local communities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. All applicants are advised to contac

GrantWatch ID#: 125447

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase Organizational Capacity to Improve Housing...

Deadline 06/14/21

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and eligible agencies to increase organizational capacity to improve housing practices. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to strengthen organizational capacity

GrantWatch ID#: 125731

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania Families Caring for a Child with Cancer to Offset Treatm...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania families living in eligible areas and caring for a child with cancer to offset expenses related to the child's cancer treatments. Funding is intended to cover costs not covered by health insurance, including travel costs, housing, and

GrantWatch ID#: 125904

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits to Address Community Needs in Eligible Regions

Deadline 10/01/21

Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for projects and capital campaigns that address community needs. Applicants requesting support for a capital campaign are asked to contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Projects are e

GrantWatch ID#: 126506