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COVID-19 Relief 

For Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore

The newly established COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund at The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore creates grant funding for Lower Shore nonprofits to aid in pandemic relief. The fund was created as a joint effort by area community partners, and additional donations from community members are encouraged to aid in the crisis relief efforts.


One hundred percent of the contributions will support the immediate and long-term recovery efforts for the region. Qualifying nonprofits and organizations which assist those impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the Lower Shore community will be eligible to apply for initial grants of up to $5,000. As the global pandemic unfolds, the Lower Shore community, including particularly vulnerable populations, continues to be severely impacted. View our complete announcement here.

To see a complete list of CFES COVID-19 grant recipients click here. Awards are updated weekly.


  • Donate Online by selecting "COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund." (Preferred)

  • Stock transfer information can be found in our Donor Document Library.

  • Donor Advised Fund recommendations can be made via Donor Central.

  • Mail donations to 1324 Belmont Ave. Ste. 401, Salisbury MD 21804 and indicate COVID-19 Fund in the memo.


  • Eligibility:

    • 501c3 organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs or eligible programs within government agencies serving Somerset, Wicomico and/or Worcester County. Individuals are not eligible.

    • Previous CFES grant recipient.

  • Emergency Response Grants Eligibility: Addresses needs related to immediate relief for vulnerable populations and other needs as they become identified, or needs related to adjusting service delivery and reopening/ return-to-work compliance. Grant Maximum: $5,000

  • Nonprofit Pandemic Recovery Technical Assistance:

    • ​CFES pilot program with $1,000 benefit cap. 

    • 25 nonprofits will receive customized 1-on-1 coaching, underwritten membership services, and/or other consulting benefits from CFES and partners. 

COVID-19 Resources

Nonprofit-specific compiled resources for nonprofits and community members. 

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