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Tufts University Medford/Somerville Emergency Response Grants

Tufts University is providing emergency grants for non-profit organizations serving residents impacted by COVID-19 in the cities of  Medford and/or Somerville. The application period will open on May 23rd, 2020 and applications will be accepted through June 26th, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Applicants can apply for a one-time grant of $1,000. Funding notifications will be made on an ongoing basis. Nonprofits are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

This program is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Michael Lainoff, A84, A21P and Kathryn Kincaid, A21P.

Applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) or work with a fiscal agent who can provide a recent 990 report.

These emergency grants are meant to meet urgent community needs such as:

  • Emergency Food Preparation & Distribution
  • Emergency Response Equipment Purchasing
  • Emergency Resources for Educational Programs

Terms and Conditions:

  • All grant requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Organizations that are awarded grants will be required to document the implementation and immediate impact of the grant, including data on program impacts and recipients. Please plan to provide a final report no later than July 31, 2020.
  • Grant recipients are asked to share the impact of their grant and tag @TuftsCommunity in social media posts to feature local emergency response efforts.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us at 617-627-3780 and/or .


Q: I just received a Tufts Community Grant, can I still apply?

A: Yes. This is a special, one time emergency grant program.

Q: My nonprofit is not in Medford or Somerville but serves those communities, can I apply?

A: Yes. If your organization primarily serves residents in Medford and/or Somerville, you can apply. 

Q: Can I apply for a project for more than $1,000?

A: No. All grant awards will be $1,000.