The COVID-19 Response Fund

Last month, 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.

A total of $5.3 million in grants has been awarded to organizations providing basic human needs and other services to local residents.

Grants Awarded: May 26

American School for the Deaf ($16,000) 

Grant will help provide enhanced cleaning and PPE for residential programming.

BSL Educational Foundation ($10,000) 

Grant will support virtual outreach, tutoring and other youth development opportunities.

Connecticut Radio Information Systems ($25,000) 

Grant will support lost revenue and allow the organization to maintain services that connect people who are blind or print-challenged to information.

East Hartford Interfaith Ministries ($5,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to maintain its meal service three times a week and other direct assistance to low-income East Hartford residents.

Greater Harford Harm Reduction Coalition ($20,000) 

Grant will support maintenance and some expansion of harm reduction services including prevention kits and safety supplies as well as staffing for mobile services.

Lawyers for Children America ($30,000) 

Grant will support lost revenue and the increased demand for legal services for abused and neglected children.

Loaves and Fishes Ministries ($20,000) 

Grant will help the organization maintain its pantry bag distribution as well as start a prepared meals-to-go program.

Futures, Inc. ($25,000) 

Grant will support technology (including assistive technology) costs to build up virtual programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, and their families.

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters ($50,000) 

Grant will support lost revenue, virtual mentoring and case management for children and youth throughout Greater Hartford.

UR Community Cares ($10,000) 

Grant will support infrastructure costs, such as background checks, to connect volunteers to elderly and disabled residents in East of the River communities. Services provided include food delivery and other errands, as well as companionship calls to reduce isolation.

YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford ($75,000) 

Grant will support COVID-19 responses of the five organizations in the Hartford Community Safety Coalition as well as collaborative and coordinated community events focused on food distribution and sharing public health information.

Grants Awarded: May 18

Bethesda Medical Mission ($44,000) 

Grant will support weekend testing sites located in Hartford neighborhoods.

Hartford Parent University ($14,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to maintain its parent coaches, providing technical assistance and coaching to Hartford parents as they navigate distance learning.

Hartford Rescue Mission ($12,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to continue providing food and other basic needs to Hartford residents.

Holcomb Farm ($15,000) 

Grant will increase capacity of the Fresh Access program which provides fresh grown produce to food insecure individuals and distribution partners.

Parkville Senior Center ($16,500) 

Grant will support food delivery to seniors, primarily in the Parkville neighborhood.

Pro Bono Partnership ($100,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to maintain core services and meet the growing inquiries from nonprofits as they manage layoffs and human resource issues, and navigate federal stimulus and other legal changes.

Upper Albany Main Street ($7,500) 

Grant will support Upper Albany Main Street and the Upper Albany Merchants Association’s efforts providing technical assistance to small businesses as part of the Hartford Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.

Grants Awarded: May 11

Capital For Change ($15,000) 

Grant will support the costs of administration of the Hartford Small Business Emergency Assistance Program.

Enfield Loaves and Fishes ($10,000) 

Grant will support the organization to expand the services of the food pantry as well as the extra costs related to food delivery.

Family Life Education ($40,000) 

Grant will support delivery of basic human needs and mental health services to families through the Children’s Wellness Center.

Hartford Food System ($18,500) 

Grant will support enhancements to allow the Hartford Mobile Market and Northend Farmers Market to reopen safely including staffing, equipment, safety supplies and inventory.

HEDCO ($35,000) 

Grant will support administrative costs associated with HEDCO’s administration of various lending programs to businesses owned by people of color and/or women and Greater Hartford nonprofits.

No Animal Left Unfed ($2,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to maintain the Community Pet Pantry in Hartford.

North United Methodist Church ($27,500) 

Grant will support the food pantry, clothing/diaper bank at NUMC’s North Family Life Center and Promise Zone Community Farmers Market to expand access and increase delivery options.

Second Congregational Church, Manchester ($6,600) 

Grant will support increased capacity of the food pantry serving Manchester residents and neighboring towns.

Windsor Locks Public Schools ($75,000) 

Grant will aid in technology costs associated with transitioning to distance learning as well as address food insecurity and social emotional needs of students.

Grants Awarded: May 4

Capital Community College ($20,000) 

Grant will support Capital Cares Emergency Support Fund, a pool of micro-grants for the educational and basic human needs of low-income students facing job loss, eviction and other emergency situations, allowing them to continue their education.

Capital Workforce Partners ($60,000) 

Grant will support the Best Chance program, allowing the organization to maintain employment programming and wrap-around supports for a cohort of returning citizens.

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness ($150,000) 

Grant will support the Reentry Housing Assistance Program, a collaborative effort of CCEH, the Department of Corrections, the Reentry Welcome Center and the Coordinated Access Network to ensure end-of-sentence clients are not discharged into homelessness.

Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants ($15,000) 

Paired with expediting of existing grants, the grant will support lost revenue to allow the organization to maintain food and rental assistance, remote legal services and case management for immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking.

CT Students for a Dream ($7,000) 

Grant will support mental health referrals and direct aid to provide for basic human needs of undocumented students and their families.

East Hartford Public Schools ($75,000) 

Grant will support the district’s distance learning plan in order to attempt to mitigate learning loss due to the COVID-19 slide.

Goodwin University ($20,000) 

Grant will support the growing food needs of low-income students through the on-campus food pantry.

Hartford Hospital ($100,000) 

Grant will support expansion of the recently launched mobile COVID-19 testing program with a focus on traditionally underserved communities such as low-income, formerly incarcerated, the elderly and immigrants (including those that are undocumented).

Keney Park Sustainability Project ($5,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to maintain a minimal level of outreach to North End residents to provide seeds, garden kits and other supports to allow novice gardeners to grow food.

Malta House of Care ($25,000) 

Grant will support the Emergency Diabetic Medication Fund, allowing the continued purchase and distribution of insulin and other medication for low-income patients, including the uninsured.

Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation ($110,000) 

Grant will provide flexible support for increased staffing, supplies and cleaning required to provide meal programs, shelter diversion, rapid re-housing and shelter services.

My Sisters’ Place ($40,000) 

Grant will support increased staffing costs, technology, cleaning supplies, PPE and direct assistance for basic human needs of clients in transitional living.

Prudence Crandall Center ($20,000) 

Grant will support increased expenses and losses in revenue to allow the organization to maintain services to victims of domestic violence in the Greater Hartford region.

Vernon Public Schools ($75,000) 

Grant will support a summer family-focused literacy engagement effort as well as a fall targeted extended day learning experience to mitigate learning loss caused by the COVID-19 slide.

Grants Awarded: April 27

Catholic Charities ($150,000) 

Grant will support food delivery, telehealth services and other basic human needs, primarily in Hartford.

Cornerstone Foundation ($38,964) 

Grant will allow the organization to maintain food pantry, soup kitchen and shelter services including increased staffing, cleaning and delivery costs.

Grace Episcopal Church, Hartford ($5,880) 

Grant will support increased staff support due to decreases in volunteers to distribute food in the Parkville neighborhood.

Hartford Interval House ($39,000) 

Grant will support technology costs and lost revenue to allow the organization to do its work remotely and meet the reported 20 percent increase in domestic violence calls.

Hartford Knights ($5,000) 

Grant will support the cost of meals to be provided by a local small business and distributed to youth and their families.

Hartford Public Library ($20,000) 

Grant will support the development and execution of a media strategy related to the 2020 Census in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with the City of Hartford.

InterCommunity Health Care ($100,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to maintain operations of the inpatient detox center and residential recovery programs.

Journey Home ($150,000) 

Grant will provide flexible support for staffing, cleaning and increased food costs required as the Coordinated Access Network manages strategies to maintain the safety of homeless persons across the shelter system.

Lawson Chapel/Urban Hope Refuge Church ($10,000) 

Grant will support expansion of the Saturday breakfast program and the food shelf in Hartford’s North End neighborhoods.

McEIVR, Inc. ($10,000) 

Grant will support Makerspace CT to make face shields to be distributed to emergency response professionals in Hartford.

Minority Construction Council ($7,500) 

Grant will support a portion of lost revenue and will support the organization’s participation as a technical assistance provider in the Hartford Small Business Emergency Assistance Program.

Our Piece of the Pie ($75,000) 

Grant will support losses in revenue to allow the organization to maintain limited services, including remote connections to youth.

Union Baptist Church ($10,000) 

Grant will support expansion of the twice weekly hot breakfast program in Hartford’s North End neighborhoods.

The UConn Foundation ($50,000) 

Grant will provide flexible support for childcare and housing needs of frontline staff, specifically lower wage workers, and will fill gaps in resources until federal and state aid is available.

YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford ($20,000) 

Grant will support the organization to coordinate with East Hartford Public Schools to distribute food to children and families at the YMCA Childcare Center.

YWCA Hartford Region ($25,000) 

Grant will support increased food, cleaning and staff costs in the organization’s emergency shelter and supportive housing.

Grants Awarded: April 20

Capital for Change ($505,000) 

Funding will support the administration and provide funding to support the Hartford Small Business Emergency Micro Grant Program to help stabilize small neighborhood businesses. $500,000 grant will support re-granting efforts, in partnership with, and matching funding of the City of Hartford to assist small neighborhood businesses in Hartford that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Health Resources ($40,000) 

Grant will support lost revenue and continued behavioral health services at facilities in the Greater Hartford region.

Community Solutions ($75,000) 

Grant will support lost revenue and the increased cleaning, staff and food costs to continue care for returning citizens in residential programs.

Enfield Food Shelf ($25,000) 

Grant will support lost revenue, increased food costs and the expansion to weekly grocery delivery for vulnerable residents.

Hartford Hospital - Institute of Living ($10,850) 

Grant will help to facilitate online clinical support to child and adolescent patients.

Hartford Promise ($25,000) 

Grant will support the Scholar Emergency Fund that provides the basic human needs and educational needs of Hartford Promise scholars to allow them to continue their education.

Hebrew Health Care ($20,000) 

Grant will support medical equipment and increased staffing costs of Hebrew Senior Care.

KNOX Hartford ($20,000) 

Grant will support scholarships for Hartford residents and other operating costs to grow their own food in community gardens.

Manchester Area Conference of Churches ($75,000) 

Grant will support the costs of food, rent and utility assistance for clients as well as support lost revenue.

MARC, Inc. of Manchester ($100,000) 

Grant will support increased safety and staffing costs for continued care for intellectually disabled residents, who are particularly at-risk for COVID-19.

Oak Hill ($150,000) 

Grant will support lost revenue and increased safety and staffing costs for continued care for disabled residents, who are particularly at-risk for COVID-19.

South Park Inn ($75,000) 

Grant will support protective equipment and increased food, and staffing costs to protect the safety of residents of its shelter and supportive housing facility, as well as homeless individuals temporarily housed in hotels.

Grants Awarded: April 13

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation ($100,000) 

CT Children's will be opening to non-COVID patients to ease the burden on hospitals. Grant will provide flexible support for medical equipment and increased telehealth.

Connecticut Fair Housing Center ($35,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to address lost revenue and increased demand, and continue to provide fair housing advocacy to tenants and housing providers.

End Hunger Connecticut! ($15,000) 

Grant will support three months of an additional full-time employee. Will help the organization increase capacity to take calls, screen for eligibility and process SNAP applications.

Gifts of Love ($13,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to transition to curb-side pickup and delivery and help to cover other additional expenses to meet increased food demand.

Goodworks ($7,500) 

Grant will allow the organization to meet the basic human needs of women returning from prison during the pandemic.

Hands on Hartford ($100,000) 

Grant would support lost revenue and increased needs to enable the organization to continue housing, case management, community pantry and community meals services.

Hartford Healthcare Medical Group ($20,000) 

Grant would support local manufacturing of at least 8,000 face shields to be distributed to hospitals, health clinics and emergency response organizations in our region.

Hispanic Health Council ($100,000) 

Grant will allow the organization to meet the basic human needs of participants experiencing health inequities, with a focus on immigrant women and girls.

Integrated Health Services ($20,000) 

Grant would support organizational stability and allow the organization to provide scaled back health and behavioral health services, in partnership with Goodwin College.

Jewish Association for Community Living ($20,000) 

Grant will support increased staffing and cleaning required to continue care for intellectually disabled residents, who are particularly at-risk for COVID-19.

Make the Road Connecticut ($20,000) 

Grant will provide for direct assistance and organizational staffing to meet the needs of immigrants, including undocumented and mixed status families.

Mount Olive Baptist Church ($20,000) 

Grant will support coordinated efforts of three North End churches and Charter Oak Health Center to provide housing, food and mobile medical care to vulnerable residents.

New Haven Diaper Bank ($15,000) 

Grant would support three months of diapers for approximately 140 children in our region.

Operation Fuel ($150,000) 

Grant will support direct energy assistance and staffing costs to maintain and expand services to approximately 230 families.

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England ($100,000) 

Grant will support increased cleaning and staffing costs to allow the organization to provide continued reproductive health and primary care services to low-income communities in the region.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center ($150,000) 

Hospital on the front lines of addressing the pandemic as numbers surge later in April. Grant will provide flexible support for equipment, food, childcare and overtime for staff as well as the food bank.

The Salvation Army Southern New England ($38,886) 

Grant would support increased food and cleaning supplies for Marshall House Family Shelter and emergency assistance programming.

San Juan Center ($20,000) 

Grant would support lost revenue and basic human needs of residents living in the organization’s two senior housing facilities.

The Village for Families and Children ($150,000) 

Grant will provide flexible dollars to help the organization navigate lost revenue and adapt to providing remote behavioral health and family support services.

Grants Awarded: April 6

Andover, Hebron, Marlborough Youth Services ($25,000) 

To help replace lost revenue so the organization can continue to provide telehealth mental health services to youth and families and other family support services.

The ARC of the Farmington Valley, Inc. ($75,000) 

To support medical equipment and continued care for a population of 51 intellectually disabled residents, who are particularly at-risk for COVID-19.

Chrysalis Center ($75,000) 

To support enhanced technology needs, sanitation and food for the organization, particularly its Freshplace food pantry.

Community Renewal Team ($150,000) 

To provide basic human needs services to Greater Hartford residents. Flexible funding will help the organization navigate a variety of needs including increased cleaning at its assisted living facility, increased need for case managers and will help it maintain its food delivery services to vulnerable residents.

Foodshare ($150,000) 

To respond to increased food needs of Greater Hartford residents.

Forge City Works ($75,000) 

To provide operating support to replace lost revenue.

Harc ($125,000) 

To continue services that maintain the well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Grant will help support personal protective equipment, additional sanitizing, increased staffing costs and lost revenue to allow the organization to continue to care for 100 intellectually disabled residents, who are particularly at-risk for COVID-19.

Hartford Community Loan Fund ($75,000) 

To provide operating support for the Borrower Relief Program.

Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. ($150,000) 

To allow the agency to continue to provide service to seniors and disabled residents including transportation, meal delivery, and telemedicine for mental health and substance abuse treatment. HVCC is a Basic Human Needs provider for more than one-third of the 29 towns in the Foundation’s catchment area.

New Horizons, Inc. ($16,205) 

To provide for the safety of physically disabled residents in the Greater Hartford region. Grant will support technology, medical equipment and other needs to protect the safety of the organization’s 200 residents in our region who are particularly at-risk for COVID-19.

The Open Hearth Association ($70,000) 

To support increased food, cleaning and staffing costs to protect the safety of the 125 residents of the shelter.

Town of Windsor Locks ($20,000) 

To provide basic human needs to low-income residents. This grant to a municipality is being considered because the town is not meaningfully served by a nonprofit.

Urban League of Greater Hartford ($55,000) 

To provide operating support to replace lost revenue. In tandem with repurposing of current grants, will support the organization to remain viable during the pandemic.


Thank you to our generous donors

A number of individuals, corporations and Donor-Advised Funds have contributed to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Click here to view the donor list