In March, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to rapidly deploy resources to support the residents who are most significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund is designed to complement the work of federal, state and municipal government efforts and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
“The Foundation continues to do everything it can to support our dedicated community nonprofit providers who are on the frontlines to respond to residents’ critical needs during this public health and economic crisis,” said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams. “This fourth round of grants from the Fund not only includes resources to provide food and other basic needs, but also to support small businesses and mentoring for youth. This round also includes funding to get the word out about the 2020 Census, which has been hampered by widespread social distancing. Many of the communities that are most severely impacted by coronavirus include ‘hard to count’ Census tracts; a low response rate may impact the resources these neighborhoods and the state will receive from the federal government.”
The fourth round of grants totaling $716,344 will support 16 community-based organizations that provide basic human needs and other critical supports to residents with the greatest need.
Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund are being made on a weekly basis. Hartford Foundation staff will continue to review applications and work with existing grantees to explore options to repurpose already awarded grant dollars and accelerate multi-year grant payments to address emerging needs. In addition to grant dollars, the Foundation will offer capacity building, technical support and lines of credit to nonprofit organizations in the Hartford region.
The Foundation has committed $6.4 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund through the end of May. Furthermore, the Foundation has received more than $3.3 million in donations from generous individuals, corporations and donor-advised-funds. For a complete listing of COVID-19 Response Donors follow this link.
Fundraising will continue throughout the public health crisis, but it is clear that the consequences of COVID-19 will continue through the end of 2020. While the Fund will not be able to address all of the needs that arise, the Foundation expects to add additional Foundation-directed dollars to the COVID-19 Response Fund going forward.
To learn more about the COVID-19 Response Fund or to make a donation log onto www.hfpg.org/covid-19-response.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $795 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.