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 email@example.com
- For interested partners or to make a donation, please contact the Community Foundation’s Development Manager, Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Jasmyn Baird at email@example.com.
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:
- Amego, Inc.*
- Arc of Bristol County
- Arc of Greater Plymouth and Upper Cape Cod, Inc.*
- Associates for Human Services, Inc.*
- Attleboro Interfaith Area Collaborative*
- Attleboro YMCA*
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro South*
- Cardinal Cushing Centers*
- Community VNA*
- Food Pantry Foundation of Stoughton Inc.*
- Hebron Food Pantry*
- Hockomock Area YMCA*
- House of Possibilities (HOPe)*
- My Brother's Keeper*
- New Hope, Inc.*
- Our Daily Bread - Mansfield's Food Pantry*
- Plymouth Task Force to End Homelessness*
- School on Wheels of Massachusetts Inc.*
- Society of Saint Vincent De Paul in the Archdiocese of Boston*
- South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.*
- The Literacy Center*
- The Salvation Army*
- Triumph, Inc.*
- West Side Benevolent Circle*
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:
- ADH Food Pantry at Church of Our Savior *
- Angels Anonymous Inc.*
- Apostolic Faith Ministries, Inc. House of Hope *
- Bristol Community College Foundation*
- Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc.*
- Citizens for Citizens, Inc.*
- Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.*
- Grace Episcopal Church of New Bedford*
- Greater Fall River Community Food Pantry*
- Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Inc.*
- HealthFirst Family Care Center*
- M.O. L.I.F.E*
- Marion Institute*
- My Brother’s Keeper*
- PACE, Inc.*
- Saint Anne’s Food Pantry *
- Seven Hills Behavioral Health*
- The Salvation Army Fall River*
- The Salvation Army New Bedford*
- The Shepherd’s Pantry*
- United Neighbors of Fall River*
- United Way of Greater New Bedford*
- YMCA Southcoast*
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.
- Acushnet Council On Aging
- Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores
- Citizens for Citizens, Inc.
- Coastal Foodshed
- Coastline Elderly Services
- Community Economic Development Center
- Community Nurse Home Care
- Fairhaven Council On Aging
- Fall River Diocese Catholic Social Services
- Fall River YMCA
- Family Service Association
- Greater Fall River Food Pantry
- Immigrants’ Assistance Center
- The Marion Institute
- New Bedford Council On Aging
- NorthStar Learning Centers
- People Acting In Community Endeavors (PACE)
- People Incorporated
- Rise Up for Homes
- The Women's Center
- United Neighbors of Fall River
- United Way of Greater New Bedford
- YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
- Mayor Mitchell says state coronavirus numbers for New Bedford are off
- New Bedford Health Department News
- Gov Baker's Plan for reopening Massachusetts
- Gov. Baker Announces Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public
- Massachusetts prepares for possible second wave of COVID-19 in the fall
- Governor Baker orders Mass. schools closed through the end of school year
- Governor Baker responds to the concerns about when Mass. will re-open following COVID-19
- 'This is a very different kind of battle' Gov. Baker detailed the state's response to COVID-19 vs. other tragedies
- The Mass Health Department of Public Health’s Information on the Outbreak of COVID19
- Massachusetts' Pandemic Data Cases
- Coronavirus in the U.S: Latest COVID-19 News and Case Counts
- President of the U.S. Narrows Immigration Ban; Senate Passes Aid Package
- Senate approves $480 billion package to help small businesses and hospitals, expand testing
- Johns Hopkins Global Cases Tracker
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Workplace Decision Tree - Reopening
- Marion Institute Southcoast Food Policy Council - COVID Recovery Resources
- Urgent Information for Nonprofits Applying for the CARES Act
- CARES Act: What Nonprofits Need to Apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans Checklist
- The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
- National Council of Nonprofits Webinar: Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
- Webinar: Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
- Stimulus Bill Provides Nonprofit Loans, Grants, and One-Year ‘Universal Deduction’
- Mass 211 is the 24/7 statewide information and referral line available in 140+ languages that connects callers with critical social service programs and organizations in their local community year-round. Mass 211 can answer all of your COVID-19 questions.
- COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits from the Nonprofit Finance Fund
- Non-Profit Tools: Cash Flow, Operating Expenses, and Your Financial Story
- International Resources for Funders
- COVID-19 Impact on Immigrants
- Why Nonprofits Must Be Included in a COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package
- Local Healthcare Providers
Updated as of May 28th, 2020