The NYC COVID-19 Neighborhood Relief Fund provides matching dollars to projects crowdfunding on ioby that help low-income communities respond to and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Dollars are available now, on a first-come, first-served rolling basis. Every participating project leader may access up to a total of $15,000, and your total project budget can be any size. We know your community needs support now, so it’s fast and easy to get started!

Share your idea

Simply share your idea with the ioby team and we’ll confirm within 1-2 business days if your project is eligible for match funding. Then you can publish your ioby crowdfunding page and begin fundraising, with support from our experienced team of fundraising coaches. First-time fundraisers are welcome—we’re here to help!  While you fundraise, donations to your page will be instantly doubled so your fundraising work goes twice as far. 


To access matching funds from this program, your project must:

1. Respond to the health and/or economic impacts of COVID-19 on NYC’s hardest hit residents, particularly those who may be left out of government stimulus funding. Your project should primarily serve people who are:

  • Low-income individuals, and their children and families
  • Low-wage workers, including: low-wage healthcare and essential workers, and those who were previously low-wage workers and are currently unemployed because of COVID-19-related layoffs
  • Experiencing homelessness, living in a shelter, or are housing insecure
  • Immigrants, including undocumented immigrants or households with a mix of documentation status
  • Fixed and low-income older adults

2. Be based in the five boroughs of New York City. Priority is given to projects in lower-income neighborhoods.

3. Be led by an individual, informal group of neighbors, mutual aid group, or a grassroots, community-based nonprofit (including places of workshop, schools, neighborhood associations, or small 501(c)(3)s). ioby provides free fiscal sponsorship for COVID-19 response projects if needed, so donations to your project can be tax-deductible even if you are not working with a formally incorporated nonprofit.

  • If led by a nonprofit organization, your organizational budget must be below $500,000. This funding is not intended for large established nonprofits with access to major institutional funding. Organizations with budgets over $500,000 should apply directly to the Robin Hood Foundation for funding.

4. Be led by or co-created with residents of the neighborhoods that the project takes place in, and/or by people personally affected by the issues that the project addresses. Project leaders should have strong relationships with the communities they plan to serve. 

5. Be started by September 1st, 2021 at the latest. This funding is intended to fund urgent, immediate projects that are responding to current health and economic needs. You should have a plan to at least begin to use the funds you raise to bring your project to life within the upcoming few months.

6. Not be aimed at making a private profit for a specific individual, family, or business entity.

7. Be specific and concrete. All ioby campaign pages must include a budget outlining how funds will be spent. Please note, this funding is for specific projects and initiatives, and cannot be used for general operating support for organizations. 

For example, you can access match funding for:

  • Providing essential emergency supplies to those who need them. For example, you may be providing food, diapers or baby supplies, prescriptions, pharmacy or sanitary supplies, etc.
  • Supporting a local charitable institution (soup kitchen, food bank, senior center, homeless shelter, domestic abuse shelter, etc.) that is experiencing high demand.
  • Providing child care and/or personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc) for low-wage essential workers including grocery store workers, delivery workers, restaurant and essential retail workers, health care and home care workers, etc.
  • Addressing technological divides by providing access to home internet service or laptops for those who need them.
  • Addressing educational divides by providing educational supplies (notebooks, books, laptops, etc) and/or services (online classes, educational kids activities etc.) for children in low-income households.
  • Providing affordable health services to those who need them (please follow appropriate social distancing guidelines) such as prenatal care, doula or midwife services, trauma counseling or mental health services, etc.
  • Covering unexpected, COVID-19 related costs for your grassroots nonprofit or community-based organization, such as: 
    • Mileage or taxi reimbursements for staff and volunteers avoiding public transit.
    • Additional supplies (masks, disposable gloves, cleaning supplies, etc) needed to provide services more safely.

While there are lots of ideas that are important and worthy, there are a few things you cannot fund on ioby because we are a nonprofit platform. 

Some examples include:
●   Medical bills for a single individual or a single family
●   Compensation for lost wages for an individual (an eligible project would be for funds for several individuals who lost wages)
●   Funds raised for a single small business (an eligible project would be for funds for several small businesses)

Feel free to contact us at to discuss your project idea.