In this toolkit, you will find resources targeted to activists, advocates and grassroots groups to care for your communities + build people power.


It includes digital tools, grants, and webinars from our network of partner organizations. 

We welcome your additions:

Updated June 24, 2020


Grants + Resources

Funds available for grassroots groups, non-profits and small businesses



Streets must be configured so that people are able to move safely and provide space so people can safely access food, essential services, and businesses. There are quick, affordable, flexible adaptations you can make to your public spaces right now as an emergency measure and that will play also an important role throughout the pandemic recovery for the next 12 to 18 months.



Crowdfunding campaign by Patronicity:  

Engage your community to help support your business or commercial district

Loans Available for Nonprofits

in the CARES Act



MHP has compiled some suggestions for resources that tenants can use if they are concerned about being able to pay their rent or stay in their rental units. The information is listed in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 



MAPC is providing resources and facilitating conversations among municipal leaders from across the state. They have a page on best practices, resources, and information on how to keep residents safe, healthy, and informed while keeping city and town governments running. 



CHAPA released a page with immediate assistance resources during COVID-19. It includes housing & shelter, food access, legal aid, Childcare Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and employment/unemployment.  

Webinars + Tools  

A curated list of online events, tools and remote organizing webinars.

For additional events and webinars go to our calendar.


Weekly Affordable Housing Coronavirus Response Virtual Meeting

CHAPA is hosting a weekly virtual meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to put in place policy solutions to address the housing challenges facing our community.

Getting to Yes: A Housing Conversation on Accessory Dwelling Units in Salem

In this discussion, Abundant Housing MA will hear directly from a housing advocate working in the community of Salem to help frame the need for more housing opportunities, defining the role of ADUs in expanding housing options and how a network of housing advocates can support this local effort.

The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

MAPC released an update to "The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap" with the latest unemployment data. Here's the research brief, "The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap."

Establishing an Emergency Rental Assistance Program Virtual Training 

MHP published guidelines and a checklist on utilizing local resources like Community Preservation Act funds for rental assistance.


For more information, contact MHP’s Shelly Goehring at


Virtual Street Talk Series by LivableStreets

From the Beltway to the Bay State: How will the federal response to COVID-19 impact our streets and what can you do about it? 

Walk this Way: How do we keep people healthy and safe on our streets?

Don't stand so close to me: How to keep transit moving, while keeping people safe?

Transportation and Housing: What will make communities resilient in the future?  



Community Resilience & COVID-19

In response to the current pandemic and in collaboration with Pueblo Planning, the Untokening community will come together throughout May and June to continue to share ideas, uplift community-based narratives and strategies, and create a healing space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community leaders, advocates and practitioners engaged in mobility justice. 

Bi-weekly Zoom calls

Fridays at 3PM EST

May 1, 15, 29

June 12, 26


National Association of City Transportation Officials Webinars 

NACTO-produced webinars, video and audio recordings that highlight emerging practices and themes in city and transit agencies’ responses to COVID-19


The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) "Wednesday Webinars" series. 

Join ELM series to virtually learn about the intersectional issues of climate, health, journalism, the economy, activism, and more. 

Wednesdays from 12-1pm.

Past Webinars

Taking Action on Climate While Physically Distancing

MCAN's webinar to learn how you can take meaningful action on climate on the local, state, and federal level while staying physically distanced and socially connected. [Webinar slides]

Declaring a Climate Emergency: How to Build Your Campaign in Uncertain Times

Join MCAN, 350 Cape Cod, and the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative to learn about the first steps to declare a climate emergency using community organizing. [Webinar slides


MAPC Webinar: Virtual Meeting Best Practices

Tools for facilitating an engaging digital meeting, from managing technology to coordinating participation.

How do you facilitate an engaging digital meeting? MAPC Community Engagement staff discuss tools and give advice for running digital forums, managing technology, coordinating participation, and achieving your meeting goals.


COVID19 & Race

People of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and its economic fallout. PolicyLink is working to make sure that medical care, emergency relief, and longer-term recovery efforts target the people and places in greatest need by advancing an intersectional equity policy agenda for federal, state, and local leaders driven by Principles for a Common-Sense, Street- Smart Recovery, and bringing a sharp focus on the racial implications of the crises through a weekly commentary and media analysis project.

Internet Tools for Remote Organizing

MCAN's webinars on how to use tools in Google Suite to take your organizing online, from Docs to Drive.

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Equitable Community Engagement during a Global Pandemic & Beyond

As meetings and activities shift to virtual, remote or online formats, leaders from SmithGroup's Urban Design Practice share insight for ensuring equitable representation, involvement and transparency in public engagement processes. 

Principles For Equitable Public Outreach & Engagement During Covid-19 and Beyond

Nelson\Nygaard put together a set of principles for inclusive engagement, including baseline equity criteria to consider when selecting an engagement strategy and accompanying tools whether analogue and/or digital.

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