Applying for an Urgent Response Grant

Urgent Response Grants are for up to $10,000 to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforeseen crises or opportunities that critically affect your organization and constituency. This includes unexpected events, political crises, or organizing opportunities. Given that communities are still in need and responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis, grants can support basic needs such as food, shelter, and economic assistance.

We are prioritizing funding work being led by and taking place in communities of color across New England.  Priority will be given to frontline people of color-led organizations who incorporate anti-racism and anti-oppression values and practice into their work.  We do not fund groups with budgets over $300,000.  

Groups are eligible for one Urgent Response Grant in addition to a Sustaining Grant during our 2020-2021 Grant Cycle.

Grants are NOT to be used for ongoing program work (including expenses the organization should have anticipated), for financial crises or a shortfall in projected funding, or because the group missed a funding deadline.


Please review our updated Urgent Response Grant Overview & Criteria.

To receive an application, you must first call (617) 522-7676  ext. 115 and speak with a Haymarket staff person about your request. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as long as funding is available. Interviews are by phone as needed.  Groups will be notified about grant decisions 2 - 3 weeks after we receive your application. For more information, questions,

or to receive an application, email Jaime Smith at

View our 2020 Urgent Response Grant Recipients here


Haymarket People’s Fund is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation that is committed

to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grantmaking,

fundraising and capacity building, we support grassroots organizations that address

the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also organizes to increase sustainable

community philanthropy throughout our region.

Haymarket People’s Fund
42 Seaverns Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

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