Assistance for Organizations

New York City is reopening. Organizations may start or expand operations.

Assistance for Nonprofit Organizations

Safety Guidance to Give to Your Volunteers

The health and safety of volunteers must remain a priority. All volunteers and organizations accepting volunteers must follow current health guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit

If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT SIGN UP to volunteer:

  • You are sick or recently tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You are required to quarantine due to a recent COVID-19 exposure or travel.
  • You are 65 years of age or older and unvaccinated.
  • You have an underlying health condition that increases your risk of severe COVID-19 illness, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer or a weakened immune system and are unvaccinated. For a full list of conditions, visit the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's COVID-19 Prevention and Care webpage.

Older adults and New Yorkers with underlying health conditions who have been vaccinated can consider resuming volunteering activities; however, medium and large-group gatherings should still be avoided.

Remember the four key actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick: Stay home if you are sick unless you are leaving for essential medical care (including testing) or other essential errands.
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you by wearing a face covering. You can be contagious without symptoms and spread the disease when you cough, sneeze or even talk. A face covering may help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, not your hands.

Human Services Resources

Human services nonprofit organizations deliver vital services to New York City's communities, including the city's most vulnerable populations. Their partnership with the City of New York is essential, especially during this challenging time of COVID-19. Guidance and answers to questions about nonprofit operations, business continuity and programming during these critical days are available on the City of New York's online resource for nonprofit organizations.

COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives. All New Yorkers deserve to celebrate, honor, and memorialize their loved ones. Get funeral & burial guidance from the City of New York.

Emergency Response Training & Tools

Financial Resources

Funding Opportunities - the City of New York's Resource for Nonprofit Organizations

Visit to learn about funding opportunities through the City of New York.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Funding

FEMA helps state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. Learn more

U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

Businesses and nonprofit organizations with 500 or fewer employees are eligible for 2-year loans at 1% interest that does not have to be paid back.

The loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Ask your business's bank if they offer the federal SBA Paycheck Protection Program:

Last updated: March 27, 2021