COVID-19 News & Resources

SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund

In partnership with local funders, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, has established the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. This Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations that are working with communities at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and most impacted by inequity.

Your gift to the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund will help our community get through this pandemic.

In the past three weeks the Community Foundation has granted more than $800,000 to nonprofits on the frontlines of this pandemic from the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. To date, the Fund has raised more than $2 million from a wide range of corporate donors, foundations, and individuals, in response to the Community Foundation’s call to come together on behalf of our community.

To learn more, please check out our FAQ, which answers many common questions we are hearing from the community.

Application Inquiries About The Fund

To date, the Fund has received many more requests than we could possibly support at this time. Given the overwhelming number of emails we are getting, we apologize in advance as we are not able to respond to each email.  We will be in contact if we have any questions or need any additional information. We will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis going forward while focusing our efforts on continuing to fundraise for the Fund. Please direct your inquiry to emergencyfund@cfsema.org 

  • For interested partners or to make a donation, please contact the Community Foundation’s Development Manager, Tricia at pgrime@cfsema.org.
  • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Jasmyn Baird at jbaird@cfsema.org.

Grant Announcements 

MAY 2020: THIRD ROUND OF GRANTS

This third round of grants from the Fund was made possible through the Community Foundation’s partnership with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food security. The Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and non-profit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced. For more information, visit MACovid19ReliefFund.org

This third round of grants totaling $360,000 is for nonprofits operating within the Taunton, Attleboro and Plymouth region working in the areas of food insecurity and support for immigrants, essential frontline workers, families and individuals with disabilities.

Details of each grantee's work funded by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund can be found listed below (*). Grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 were distributed to the following organizations:

Grantees:

APRIL 2020: SECOND ROUND OF GRANTS

This second round of grants from the Fund was made possible, in part, through the Community Foundation’s partnership with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food security. The Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and non-profit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced. For more information, visit MACovid19ReliefFund.org

The second-round of grants totaling $325,000 has focused on the increased challenge of food security and to strengthen those health organizations working with our most vulnerable populations. Together, these organizations help deliver vital services and share a commitment to serve their community.

Details of each grantee's work funded by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund can be found listed below (*). Grants for general operating support ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 were distributed to the following organizations:

 Grantees:

MARCH 2020: FIRST ROUND OF GRANTS

The first-round of grants totaling $325,000 covered a range of issues and needs including: food security, elder services, immigrant support, homeless and support for frontline medical care providers. 

The grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be completely unrestricted, thus allowing the leadership of these organizations to determine their best use in response to the pandemic. The grantees range from local food pantries to social service organizations serving our community. Details of each grantee's work can be found below, and we encourage you to consider supporting them directly.

Grantees:

 

MARCH 2020: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOUTHCOAST EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND

The Fund’s initial focus is to prioritize those areas of impact that will not likely receive governmental support, help those who are most severely affected, and those serving our most vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time operating grants will also be awarded on a rolling basis to nonprofits whose operations in arts & culture, education and economic opportunity have been stressed by the outbreak.


True to the Community Foundation’s mantra: Our Community. Your Foundation, we are honored to be a part of the region-wide effort to reduce, to the best of our abilities, the devastating impact of COVID-19. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our neighbors, in awe of the amazing nonprofit leadership, and humbled by your trust in the Community Foundation.

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the front lines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process, at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.


COVID19 News & Resources

Meet Me for Coffee

We understand there's a lot of anxiety right now concerning our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As your Community Foundation, and in partnership with other funders in our region, we want to be helpful to you as you are at the frontline of this pandemic and our job is to support you.

  • We are inviting our regional nonprofit leaders to a weekly 'Meet Me for Coffee' virtual meeting every Friday. Together, we will check in to see how we are all doing, to share ideas, encourage one another, and remind ourselves that even remotely, we are all in this together.  For details about the call please email our Office Administrator, Kim Heard kheard@cfsema.org 
  • View our archived 'Meet Me for Coffee' virtual meetings here.

We put a list of resources together for our community regarding local, state and national news. We will keep updating this as new resources become available:

 

Updated as of May 28th, 2020