Free Software for Businesses, Healthcare Providers and Educators During COVID-19

Jul 10, 2020

Updated July 10, 2020

Nearly four months after initial social distancing and shelter in place orders were announced, many businesses are still working remotely, healthcare professionals are still on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients and teachers are preparing for a blended classroom experience of seated and virtual lessons. 

There are an abundance of resources to make it possible for a wide variety of businesses to operate virtually. To alleviate financial costs, some software companies and businesses are offering free trials or services for organizations during this crisis. 

This list was originally compiled by Forbes and has been revised and Updated by Startup Junkie.


Our Adobe Sign Small Business plan is 30% off for a limited time, and we’re offering commercial and government quick-start packages for e-signatures.


Offering new promotions beginning July 13, 2020 


Focus: Online databases and spreadsheets.

Offer: Any non-political, humanitarian effort tackling COVID-19 can use the company’s Airtable Pro product for free for the next three months. Airtable is also offering all students with a .edu email account a free two-year subscription to it. 


Focus: Planning software.

Offer: For qualifying nonprofits, government agencies and a range of other organizations, Anaplan is offering its platform for free for 90 days to help them accelerate their response to the crisis. The software can help with things such as staff scheduling and call-center rosters.


Focus: Workflow and team-collaboration tools.

Offer: The company’s flagship products, such as its Jira issue-and-project-tracking software and Confluence team-collaboration offering, will now be free for teams of up to ten people with no time limit. Atlassian is also offering K-12 schools and higher education institutions free one-year subscriptions to its Trello Business Class service, which can be used by teachers to schedule coursework and other activities.

Automation Anywhere

Focus: Workflow automation.

Offer: Automation Anywhere has released a series of free software “bots” that companies can use to automate processes for things such as data lookup tasks and sending messages to staff via services such as WhatsApp and Telegram.


Focus: Team collaboration and communication platform.

Offer: The company is offering its Avaya Spaces collaboration software for free to educational institutions and nonprofits through August 31 in countries where it is available. There is a limit of 200 participants per meeting on the service.


Focus: Design workflow tools

Offer: Bannersnack is offering its most advanced plan at no cost for 90 days to nonprofits and non-governmental organizations engaged in the battle against COVID-19. The plan includes tools for making online ads and capturing analytics on their performance

Focus: Payments processing.

Offer: Businesses that are experiencing a sharp decline in their revenues can get a free, three-month subscription to the service to run payables and receivables remotely.


Focus: Finance and accounting software.

Offer: All existing BlackLine customers who don’t already have it can get access to the company’s task and reporting software free for the next six months.


Focus: Videoconferencing service.

Offer: The company, which has just been acquired by Verizon, is making its service available for free to first responders and NGOs helping communities manage COVID-19 outbreaks. They will get organization-wide access for 90 days and the company says it could extend that term if circumstances warrant doing so.


Focus: Supply-chain software.

Offer: Bonfire makes software that helps companies with strategic sourcing—an area of considerable focus right now. It is making its platform free of charge to public-sector organizations in North America through the end of July.


Focus: Cloud content collaboration and storage.

Offer: Box has made the business edition of its service, which offers things such as unlimited storage and data-loss protection, available for free for 90 days according to a tweet by the company’s CEO, Aaron Levie.


Focus: Recruitment software and video interviews.

Offer: The company has made its live video interview and assessment capabilities free to all organizations for at least 60 days.


Focus: Scheduling software integration with videoconferencing services.

Offer: Calendly used to charge for integrating with some videoconferencing services such as Zoom and GoToMeeting. This integration is now free and the company will also be offering unpaid access to its premium service for teams working on projects to tackle COVID-19. Offer through September 30, 2020


Focus: Visualization and spatial-analysis software.

Offer:  The company is making its service free of charge to public and private organizations fighting COVID-19 via its grants program, which has already helped other kinds of public-interest projects.


Focus: Videoconferencing service.

Offer: The creator of Webex is boosting the capabilities of the free version of its videoconferencing software in countries where it is available. It’s scrapped time limits on meetings and has expanded the service’s capacity so that it can support up to 100 people on a call. (If you are looking for musical inspiration, the Webex team has curated its own work-from-home playlist here.)


Focus: Low-code service for process management and CRM.

Offer: Through October 1, healthcare agencies and hospitals, nonprofits, government agencies and other organizations battling COVID-19 can request free access to the company’s Service Creatio platform, which helps with things such as case management, message handling and call processing. Offer through october 1.


Focus: Machine learning and data preparation.

Offer: For organizations helping with the COVID-19 response effort, the company is opening up its enterprise AI platform free of charge. This enables users to prepare data for machine-learning models and then to run them.


Focus: Speech-recognition service.

Offer: Deepgram is offering a total of $1 million-worth of its services for free through May 2021 to healthcare organizations engaged in the fight against COVID-19. They can apply for up to $50,000 each via the company’s website.


Focus:  Cloud-based phone system and videoconferencing service.

Offer: Dialpad is giving any business in North America and Japan its cloud-based phone system, Dialpad Talk Pro, for free for the first two months of usage. Customers can cancel without cost at any time during that period, which may be extended. It is also offering its videoconferencing tool, UberConference Business, at no charge for the same amount of time.

Diligent Corporation

Focus: Online board meetings.

Offer: The company is making its software available for free to nonprofits and K-12 school boards who need to conduct remote board meetings during the COVID-19 crisis.


Focus: Rebate-management software.

Offer: The company’s Essentials package, which lets users do things such as set up deals and create a central repository of them, is being offered free of charge during the pandemic.

EZ Texting

Focus: Text-based messaging.

Offer: The company is offering a free emergency text alert service for municipalities, government agencies and schools with a .gov or .edu email address.


Focus: Data collection and privacy management.

Offer: The company is offering free accounts, along with implementation services and support, to organizations directly involved in the fight against COVID-19. Its service ensures data collection complies with privacy rules in force around the globe.


Focus: Data collection and privacy management.

Offer: Until August 1, U.S. healthcare, nonprofit and government organizations can get free use of the company’s platform that’s compliant with HIPAA privacy rules to collect data related to COVID-19.


Focus: Code-repository service.

Offer: GitHub has made private code repositories for an unlimited number of collaborators free of charge to all account holders. Previously, if an organization wanted to use the service for private code development it had to subscribe to a paid account. All of the platform’s core features are now accessible for nothing. GitHub’s also cut the price of its paid Teams service from $9 per user per month to $4.


Focus: Videoconferencing service and online productivity tools.

Offer: Google Cloud has announced free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet videoconferencing capabilities for all customers of its G-Suite and G-Suite for Education services. This enables calls of up to 250 people and also allows meetings to be recorded and saved on Google Drive. Offer through September 30, 2020.


Focus: Digital writing tools.

Offer: Qualifying nonprofits and non-governmental organizations can get free access to key features of Grammarly through December 31, including its Premium-level writing suggestions and integration with key workplace tools.


Focus: Privacy-management software.

Offer: As record amounts of data are being processed in the effort to combat COVID-19, privacy is a key concern. Hyperproof is offering software free of charge that can help organizations stay compliant with privacy regimes in the U.S. and Europe.


Focus: Devops tools.

Offer: The company is providing free devops technology to individual teams or organizations involved in the battle against COVID-19.


Focus: Content management and automation.

Offer: Healthcare organizations have until 12pm Pacific Time on September 30th to apply for six months’ free use of Laserfiche cloud-based platform.


Focus: Videoconferencing, webinars and device management.

Offer: LogMeIn, which offers the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar services, has created special bundles of its products to support emergency remote working. As well as supporting virtual meetings, LogMeIn’s software can also help manage remote workers’ devices and apps. It’s offering three-month site-wide licenses for free to organizations such as healthcare providers, educational institutions and municipalities. Existing customers can tap these bundles and get site-wide licenses for additional tools for three months at no extra cost.


Focus: Cloud storage.

Offer: NetApp is offering 25 terabytes of storage on Google Cloud free of charge for 90 days to teams grappling with the consequences of the pandemic.


Focus: Online training.

Offer: The company is offering its software free for up to six months (with a final cut-off of the end of the year) to a range of organizations involved in COVID-19 response activities, from manufacturers making personal protective equipment to telehealth providers.


Focus: Electronic signatures for documents.

Offer: PandaDoc has created a free e-signature service with no limits to the number of documents that a user can manage via it.

Quick Base

Focus: Digital-workflow management.

Offer: Healthcare providers, governments, educational institutions and nonprofits can get free access to Quick Base software that helps them digitize workflows through September 30.


Focus: Cloud hosting service.

Offer: For organizations participating in COVID-19 response efforts, the company is offering a total of $10 million of free hosting resources via its OpenStack Public Cloud over the next six months.


Focus: Cloud-communications service.

Offer: RingCentral Office, which includes call-management, videoconferencing and other tools, is now free for K-12 schools, healthcare providers and nonprofits.


Focus: Safety inspection software.

Offer: The company is making its iAuditor app, which lets workers log safety issues and assign them to people to solve, for free to healthcare organizations, emergency services, educational institutions and nonprofits.


Focus: Cloud-based health system and data plus team collaboration platform.

Offer: The cloud giant is providing free access to its Health Cloud service for response teams, call centers and care-management groups for health systems impacted by COVID-19. It is also making the basic service of its Quip team collaboration software available for any Salesforce customer or nonprofit through September 30. The company’s Tableau unit has also made available a free hub of coronavirus-related data resources.


Focus: Cloud-based productivity and learning services.

Offer: SAP has made a range of its services available for free. They include its SAP Ariba Discovery supply-chain software and its Qualtrics Remote Work Pulse service, which lets organizations connect with—and get feedback from—remote workers. SAP is also offering some free courses through its SAP University Alliances program.


Focus: Emergency-response applications.

Offer: ServiceNow, whose software helps organizations digitize workflows, has rolled out several new applications. One that was developed in conjunction with the state of Washington State’s Department of Health manages incident-response workflows and is being made free to other agencies. The other applications, which are free for ServiceNow customers and can be accessed by non-customers too, include ones that help businesses deal with workflows associated with sharing COVID-19-related information and situations in which employees have to self-quarantine. Offer through september 30, 2020.


Focus: Collaboration and work-tracking service.

Offer: Any U.S. government agency tackling the coronavirus crisis can use the company’s Smartsheet Gov product free of charge to help plan, track and communicate response plans. Smartsheet is also offering free templates for COVID-19 planning to its licensed users and others who sign up for a free trial.


Focus: Employee recognition and performance management

Offer: To help employees stay in touch and get feedback, Workhuman is making special editions of its Life Events and Conversations products free until March 2021.


Focus: Website creation and management.

Offer: Yahoo Small Business is offering a free package of services that lets companies do things like create a web presence and manage email accounts.


Focus: Cloud-based productivity tools.

Offer: To help small businesses, which are a big part of its customer base, Zoho has launched a program that will waive the cost of the applications being used by up to 20,000 companies for three months. Customers must apply for assistance and Sridhar Vembu, the company’s co-founder and CEO, has said Zoho will prioritize the ones most in need. The company has also launched a new set of free applications to support remote working.