The 2021 NYC COVID-19 Just Recovery Match Program is closed.

With the generous support of Robin Hood, this ioby match program provided up to $15,000 in matching dollars to ioby crowdfunding campaigns for projects that serve low-income, Black communities within the five boroughs of New York City.

It isn't a secret that when crisis hits, Black communities often bear the brunt of the impact, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. In many ways, COVID-19 is simply exposing the many racial inequities that have long existed in our nation. That means that our response to it has to be informed by racial equity.

As neighbors continue to respond to COVID-19 across New York City, this match opportunity seeks to lift up Black leadership and center the needs of Black communities. When you crowdfund for a project that provides COVID-19 relief in Black communities, we'll match donations up to $15,000. Relief projects should be led or co-led by residents of the neighborhoods that projects take place in, and/or people personally affected by the issues the project addresses. Project leaders should have strong relationships with the communities they plan to serve.  

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What kind of projects are eligible? A "Just Recovery" isn't just about recovering after a crisis, it's also means caring for one another right now so that none of our neighbors fall through the cracks. Eligible projects could include mutual aid funds, projects that encourage and make social distancing easier, community campaigns to slow the spread of COVID-19, urgent mental health support, relief funds for essential workers, educational enrichment for kids, and more.

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As always, please remember to follow the CDC's guidelines and your local health authority's instructions as you support your community. Putting you and your neighbors’ health first is one of the most important things you can do to offer care, even if it means doing so from afar.

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  • Lampblack

    Lampblack Direct Aid Fund

    Lampblack is raising a direct aid fund to support Black writers financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    NEEDS: $0 of 5,670
  • Easy Activism: Fundraising for Black Mental Health

    Our goal is to raise $50k for one month of free, individualized therapy for 200+ Black people. All funds will pay BIPOC therapists who are healing the community while also facing collective trauma.

    NEEDS: $0 of 46,115
  • Make the Block Bloom

    Rebuilding our green spaces, healing our connections with each other and with the land

    NEEDS: $0 of 32,086 + Volunteers
  • Crown Heights Mutual Aid

    Crown Heights Mutual Aid is a network of neighbors supporting one another through this pandemic and the ongoing crises of climate change, state violence, and insecurity around food, housing other basic necessities. 

    NEEDS: $174,018 of 600,000 + Volunteers
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    Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid

    Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid is a coalition of neighbors organizing to support each other through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

    NEEDS: $0 of 192,000 + Volunteers

    East Brooklyn Mutual Aid

    East Brooklyn Mutual Aid (EBMA) is focused on delivering good and high-quality food and improving the healthy food options in predominantly BIPOC neighborhoods of East New York. 


    NEEDS: $194,167 of 350,000 + Volunteers
  • COVID Mental Health Relief

    Providing Immediate, Effective Mental Health Services to Underserved Children, Families, and Young Adults in Need During COVID.

    NEEDS: $170 of 30,457
  • Bed-Stuy Strong’s Mutual Aid Community Fund

    Formed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Bed-Stuy Strong is a mutual aid network of neighbors from all walks of life that support each other in solidarity. 

    NEEDS: $0 of 620,000
  • We Run Brownsville Wellness

    We see our work as a way to advance advocacy around issues of equity and accessibility in order to effectively lead a robust and progressive community transformation from within.

    NEEDS: $0 of 6,010