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Frequently Asked Questions: The COVID-19 Response Fund

Please note: the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s COVID-19 Response Fund has transitioned from a focus on emergency response to keeping nonprofit staff and clients safe during the re-opening phase of the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to learn more.

I want to donate. Can I choose which organizations I want to support with my donation? 

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most significantly impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created to coordinate as many resources as possible.

Is there a fee to contribute to the Fund? 

With a focus on getting resources out to the community in this critical time, the Hartford Foundation will waive any administrative fees for the Fund and will cover any credit card transaction fees for online donations. One hundred percent of the donations to the Fund will be granted to community organizations on the ground. The Hartford Foundation is covering the cost of the staff leading this effort.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations? 

The COVID-19 Response Fund is not intended to be the only source of support for community activities during this outbreak; rather, we are looking to facilitate the process of marshalling targeted resources into the community where the need is greatest. If you believe the COVID-19 Response Fund aligns with your values, please consider making a donation.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund? 

The COVID-19 Response Fund will focus on community-based organizations serving the Foundation’s 29-town region.

What are your priorities in terms of funding? 

In our first phase of funding, including grants made between April-June 2020, we prioritized community-based organizations that serve communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.

In July 2020, we transitioned from a focus on emergency response to keeping nonprofit staff and clients safe during the re-opening phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

As the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with our community partners to assess and revise our funding strategies as needed. 

What organizations are receiving support from the COVID-19 Response Fund? 

In April 2020, we began awarding grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund. A list of all grants awarded can be found here

Can individual residents who have been affected by COVID-19 apply for support from this fund? 

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we are funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. A list of organizations that have received grants can be found here.

For information about available resources, residents can contact United Way Connecticut’s 211 or by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-203-1234.  For additional information that Hartford Courant has created this Coronavirus Resource Guide.

How will the Fund respond to changing needs in the community? 

The COVID-19 Response Fund priorities will evolve as our region adapts to the outbreak.

In July 2020, the COVID-19 Response Fund transitioned from a focus on emergency response to keeping nonprofit staff and clients safe during the re-opening phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

We will continue to work with our community partners and evolve our strategy as needed. We will prioritize those communities and residents most impacted and most vulnerable, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis.