Hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to meet the needs of our most vulnerable and most impacted neighbors; and to strengthen the vital nonprofit sector that has been destabilized the COVID pandemic.
The Fund was made possible through the generosity of many partners of foundations and businesses, led by MassMutual’s $1 million gift and supported by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. Many wonderful individuals have donated, too, and continue to give to support their neighbors in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.
If your organization is interested in applying for funding, please check out the COVID grant application.
Frequently asked questions about the Fund
I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can the Response Fund help me?
Our hearts go out to you and all the individuals and families affected by the coronavirus. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we are funding community-based organizations with experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. COVID-related grants are posted here. Check the list for organizations that may be able to assist you. If you need resources now, please connect online to Mass-211 or dial 2-1-1 on any phone. And visit our homepage for a list of additional community resources.
How can I donate to the Response Fund?
You can give online at communityfoundation.org/covid19 or mail a check to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, COVID-19 Fund, 333 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA 01103.
Can I restrict my donation to a prioritized grantee?
To ensure we make grants from the Fund as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted gifts at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.
Should I give to this Fund instead of making gifts to other organizations?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this crisis. Rather, it is working to help get more targeted resources into the community where it’s needed most. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support and to those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we gain greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the outbreak. We have relaunched ValleyGives to help you learn about and give to nonprofits in our community that are responding to or affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
When will you share who you Fund?
View the list of grantees on our website. We will continuously update this page as new grants are awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund.
Is there a fee to contribute to the Response Fund?
No, there’s no fee to contribute—even for gifts by credit card—because the Community Foundation is covering those costs. In addition, the Community Foundation is absorbing the costs of staff time and operating expenses related to Response Fund management, grant distribution, and fundraising. One hundred percent of gifts will go to nonprofits in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.