In May 2020, the Community Foundation of Otsego County (CFOC) created the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund for Otsego County. As of 4/15/21, CFOC awarded 27 grants to address needs created by the pandemic and to assist in recovery efforts.

As COVID-19 vaccines are essential to the health of Otsego County as well as its economic recovery, we now invite proposals that address barriers, such as lack of transportation, the lack of a primary care doctor and medical advice, or other impediments, that prevent Otsego County residents and those who work in the County from getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The initial goals of the Fund remain in place and we continue to accept proposals that meet the following priorities:

  • Prevention measures (education, sanitary supplies) that limit the spread of the virus.
  • Support for vulnerable populations, i.e., older adults, people with compromised immune systems, and people who are unhoused.
  • Practical needs, in case of disruption in services to vulnerable populations, such as meal delivery and daily living support for homebound older adults.
  • Food access and other practical supports for people who may have lost wages or who are unable to stock up on food, specifically those who fall in the gaps of government-led structural responses.
  • Support for workers, especially low-wage workers, to address lack of access to healthcare and paid sick leave, lack of proper safety equipment, economic impact of lost wages due to quarantines, cancelled activities, reduced hours/layoffs.
  • Other emerging, immediate needs.

The fund has no deadlines or scheduled responses and will attempt to meet needs as they arise.  To submit an application, click here.

At this time, awards are issued only to existing nonprofit organizations operating within Otsego County. No applications can be accepted from individuals.

If you have any questions about the application or awards round, we are glad to help. Please email awards@cfotsego.org.  At this time, the Community Foundation of Otsego County is working remotely; please, no phone calls.

Thank you for all that you are doing for our area during this time of heightened concern.

COVID-19 Awards to Date

Helios Care

PPE for in home visits by care providers


Catholic Charities

PPE for childcare providers


Bassett Medical Center

Gift cards for food/gas for employees in need


Fox Hospital

Gift cards for food/gas for employees  in need


Cooperstown Food Pantry

Food vouchers for farmers market


The Brookwood School

Classroom thermometers and cleaning supplies


Friends of Recovery



Family Planning of South Central NY

PPE and cleaning supplies


The Storehouse

PPE and cleaning supplies


Otsego Rural Housing Assistance

Substandard housing repairs and rental assistance


Oneonta Family YMCA

Cleaning supplies to re-open facility


Family Service Assn of Oneonta

Supplies of clothing, hygiene, and school materials to low or no income families



Gift cards to undocumented families for food, transport and medical


Rural Health Network of South Central NY

Transport to employment and healthcare


Catholic Charities

Summer food program


Future for Oneonta Foundation

PPE and working capital grants to small businesses in Oneonta


Cooperstown Foundation

PPE and working capital grants to small businesses in remainder of county


Hunger Coalition of Otsego County

PPE and equipment for food pantries



Subsidizing local farm food to food pantries


Salvation Army

Medical co-pays, transportation and rental assistance


Oneonta Community Health Center

PPE benefitting uninsured and inadequately insured



Air filtration system serving pre-school and day  programs


Unadilla Community Farm Education Center

Support for the Veggie Box delivery program


Otsego 2000/Cooperstown Farmers Market

PPE and SNAP match


Pathfinder Village

PPE for staff and residents


Catholic Charities Housing Office

PPE, cleaning supplies and support for warming station serving the homeless in Oneonta


Springfield Library

Two laptop computers and a Zoom subscription to help those without Internet access


COVID-19 Award Application Instructions to Applicants

  • Please answer all questions.
  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • We request a report be submitted on the use of award funds. Reports must include metrics on what the program or activity accomplished, evaluations of how it performed in comparison to expectations, lessons learned, and what changes will be made if the program continues. Reports are required before new applications will be considered. 
  • Applicants must be existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations operating in Otsego County. Groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization are eligible but must submit evidence of the sponsorship (funds will be disbursed through that sponsor, which must also provide the identifying information requested in our application).  Awards cannot be made directly to businesses or individuals.