COVID-19 Resources for Women & Families

It’s clear that this pandemic will have lasting negative impact on the economic empowerment of women and families. While women make up the majority of the U.S. workforce, they are often the lowest paid; provide the majority of caregiving to children and the elderly without any or adequate paid leave; and are on the frontlines of fighting this pandemic as health care or service industry workers, often without any or adequate access child care.

The COVID-19 pandemic will only further exacerbate the already difficult conditions women and their families face as they try to maintain economic security now and in the future. In these unprecedented times, The Women’s Fund is relentlessly focused on understanding the future we’ll face together and how we can continue the push for social change despite the obstacles before us.

To start, we’ve pulled together a few resources – scroll through below – to keep you informed.


Ohio Department of Health

Visit their website here for the most up-to-date information.

The Ohio Department of Health has a toll-free COVID-19 hotline setup. The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Unemployment Information & FAQ

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Managing Coronavirus Related Stress


The Columbus Foundation

Emergency Response Fund

Franklin County nonprofits are eligible to apply and receive support. Email nonprofitemergency@columbusfoundation.org or call 614.251.4000 for more information.

Click here to apply.

Click here to donate.

United Way of Central Ohio

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Supports United Way’s more than 80 nonprofit partners directly.

United Way of Licking County & Licking County Foundation

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Created to help meet the needs in Licking County that are directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic


US Small Business Administration (SBA) 

The CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information.

Click here for SBA’s COVID-19 small business guidance and loan resources.

Ohio Small Business Development Center

COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources for small businesses

Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund

The Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund offers grants, technical assistance, and low-interest loans for small business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more and apply here.

NAWBO Columbus

COVID-19 Resources for Women Business Owners

Women’s Small Business Accelerator 

Support for Women Small Business Owners

WSBA Business Crisis Team

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Resource Guide


Columbus Legal Aid Society 

The Columbus Legal Aid Society compiled resources specific to COVID-19.

Click here for more information.

Impact Community Action

Impact Community Action’s Emergency Assistance Department provides supportive services. All Emergency Assistance Programs/Services serve Franklin County households that are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and most households must have a qualifying emergency to receive assistance.

Learn more here.

Franklin County Board of Commissioners Job & Family Services PRC Plus Rental Assistance

Franklin County’s Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Plus Rental Assistance program provides one-time rental assistance payments for eligible families struggling to meet rent or facing eviction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more here.


Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Child Care Information for Families

Child Care Information for Providers

OSU Extension

Caregiver Support Network


AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education)

Free financial coaching

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Protecting Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We know that there are many more resources that are helpful. We encourage you to share additional resources that would be beneficial to women and girls in central Ohio by sharing and tagging us on social or emailing us at communications@womensfundcentralohio.org.