Civic Tech Responds to COVID-19
In 2020, we curated this collection of civic tech responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We connected our community to virtual events, funding opportunities, and collaborative civic tech projects that tried to help the world respond and recover.
- A Decision Framework for Nonprofit Leaders and Boards, by SeaChange
- Free coronavirus reporting from The New York Times
- Participatory Aid: How people can help in times of crisis using the internet
- Luminary Lab’s more extensive reading list
ProjectsView the Civic Tech Field Guide’s full collection of Govtech projects View the Civic Tech Field Guide’s full collection of Civic Data projects
Funding opportunities archiveThis is an archive and no longer updated.
- Resistance Labs is offering $10,000 in-kind grants to make use of its SMS platform for community COVID relief organizing (rolling basis)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard Launch Initiative to Speed Development and Access to Therapies for COVID-19
- Mobilizing a private sector response to COVID-19
- $1 million+ in Emergent Ventures Prizes for coronavirus work
- Best investigative journalism on coronavirus — 50k
- Best blog or social media tracking/analysis of the virus — 100k
- Best (justified) coronavirus policy writing — 50k
- Best effort to find a good treatment rapidly — 500k, second prize 200k
- Best innovation in social distancing — 100k
- Most important innovation or improvement for India — 100k
- Sam Altman: Funding for COVID-19 Projects
- Gates Foundation: Announcing the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator
- UK Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Emergency Competitive Revisions for Research and also
- Forcit Non-Profit Venturing Program: call for the program is extended for an unlimited time and fully open for non-profits and initiatives that need guidance, experts to build impactful solutions that can help in this crisis.
- The EU: Applications welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle Coronavirus outbreak
- An existing funding source, the $1M Roddenberry Prize, would like to “strongly encourage applications that address the range of societal, health, and economic repercussions of the pandemic.”