The world is facing an unprecedented situation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and resultant restrictions that are being put into effect across the globe, touching people from all walks of life and all sectors.

Notably, even while ROIers are themselves experiencing increasing levels of uncertainty, they continue to demonstrate their commitment to bettering society. Informed by this commitment and their experience, we believe that ROIers are uniquely positioned to:

  • Identify specific, highly localized needs in communities they are a part of or are connected to;
  • Act quickly to organize and implement initiatives targeting those communities, and
  • Collaborate with other members of their networks to do this as efficiently and effectively as possible and amplify the impact of these small grants.

We have opened applications for funding towards coronavirus response programming, to support innovative initiatives that provide relief and assistance to people in need. For the full Hebrew description of this opportunity, with details specifically for Israeli ROIers, please click here.

  • Active members of ROI Community are eligible to receive these Coronavirus Response Micro Grants.
  • Beneficiaries of programming/initiatives funded by these grants should be local residents being impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic and related regulations (quarantine, school and daycare closure, restrictions on gathering and physical contact, etc.).
  • In Israel, these initiatives must be in support of vulnerable populations.
  • Immediate, one-time grants of $1,000-$5,000 will be made towards programming and initiatives for populations affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • This funding is intended for initiatives that align with the Schusterman Family Philanthropies vision, core focus areas and values. Read more about these here.
  • Programming must target at least 20 individuals or plan to reach at least 20 individual beneficiaries virtually. Grants will not be made for specifically-named individuals or families.
  • Preference will be given to programs and initiatives being developed in partnership between two or more ROIers.
  • Programming must comply with the guidelines set by relevant local authorities, for example, the Ministry of Health in Israel.
  • Grant applications will be processed within two business days of submission.
  • Final reporting must be submitted within 30 days of the completion of your project. You will find a link to your final report in the “My Tasks” section when logged in to
  • In keeping with ROI Micro Grant protocols, payment will be made via PayPal.
  • For grants of up to $1,000, payment will be transferred as reimbursement for expenses incurred, following reporting and submission of relevant receipts.
  • For grants over $1,000, 50% of the approved grant amount will be transferred upfront, and the other 50% will be transferred against reporting and submission of relevant receipts.