Emergency grants available

Two local funds for emergency relief

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020 (update)— Beginning Monday, April 13, the City of Cambridge is taking Applications for Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19. see details below

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020—If you are a Cambridge resident, and experiencing a financial crisis, you may now apply for a one-time grant from the newly-established Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The amount, to be based on need, will range between $200 and $1,000. Applications are available now and grants will be provided on a rolling basis, with the first allocations to be made as soon as possible. Click here for an application.

This program is sponsored by Cambridge Community Foundation to offer quick relief for those who need it most in the current coronavirus emergency. Each household will be eligible for only one grant. 

Nonprofits and small businesses may also apply.

To ask questions, you can email Gwyn Gallagher at ggallagher@cambridgecf.org or call 508-878-9127 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. If you have trouble filling out the application someone will help you.

Mayor's Fund


In response to the public health crisis created by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale activated the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund on March 19, 2020 to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in Cambridge who are experiencing financial hardship due to the virus outbreak. Thanks to the generosity of the Cambridge community, more than $3.2 million has been raised and the Fund continues to accept donations.

The City of Cambridge will begin accepting applications to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund on Monday, April 13, 2020.Funds will be allocated for rent and/or utility payments and other household needs. Funds will also be allocated for mortgage payments for homes purchased through the City’s affordable homeownership programs.

Additional Information

Once applications open on Monday, April 13, residents may complete this application over the phone with a staff person by calling 617-349-9797. Language support will be available in Amharic, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish.