COVID-19: Updates and Links

About this Page

The Metcalf Foundation is following the rapidly changing events brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be updating this page regularly.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation is significantly increasing the amount of money we will grant this year by an additional $2 million.

We have targeted up to $3 million towards three new COVID-19 strategies: emergency responsesector- focused support, and forward-looking action. As our goal is to release these funds quickly and efficiently, for the moment, there will not be an open application process. More details on these initiatives can be found here.

As some of our core programs involve people physically working and learning together, we are examining a number of different scenarios. New deadlines will be posted on the relevant program pages as they are announced.

The Foundation continues to operate fully with our staff working remotely. If you have any questions or concerns about either the status of your grant or the deliverables associated with it, please reach out to the relevant Program Director. All contact information can be found here.

We believe that a healthy and empowered non-profit sector is fundamental to our society and we will continue to devote Metcalf’s resources to sustain this vital work.


How can I get in contact with staff members while they are working remotely?

Email is the best way to reach staff members. Individual email addresses can be found at Contact Us. For general inquiries, please email

Are the deadlines on your website current?

All deadlines on the site are current. However, some deadlines may change as the situation on the ground unfolds. We will be sharing any new deadlines on social media and we encourage you to check the Foundation’s website regularly for any changes.

How will COVID-19 affect your granting process?

We will continue to make grants and payments under all of our current commitments in addition to issuing new grants under our existing granting programs.

We also recognize that not all grantees will be able to complete the activities outlined within current grant agreements under the timelines originally proposed. If you have any questions or concerns about your existing grant, please contact the relevant Program Director. Their email addresses can be found here.

December 7, 2020: Metcalf’s COVID-19 2020 grants

This year has been devastating for many members of our community and the people they serve. The Foundation created a COVID-19 response strategy, flowing $3 million to 82 organizations.

May 19, 2020: Important Update from Metcalf

President and CEO Sandy Houston sent a letter to members of our community updating them on the Foundation’s additional $2 million in new funding and up to $1 million from our 2020 grants budget toward three strategies aimed at the impacts of #COVID19: emergency response, sector-focused support, and forward-looking action.

April 30, 2020: Metcalf Foundation joins Give5 campaign

The Metcalf Foundation is pleased to announce that we are joining with our colleagues at leading Canadian foundations as a partner in the Give5 campaign. We will be increasing our 2020 granting commitments to 5% of our assets in response to the crisis generated by COVID-19.

March 13, 2020: Message from Sandy Houston, President and CEO

On March 13, 2020, Metcalf President and CEO sent a letter to members of the Metcalf Foundation community, outlining the Foundation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Metcalf Foundation activities are continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our response here.