Organizations Supported by the COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley is awarding emergency funding to the community and new funding is already on its way to support our most vulnerable neighbors.

Grantmaking is ongoing and this list will grow!


May 8, 2020–A new round of grants totaling $183,000 was awarded to the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley, targeting nonprofits providing support to family, youth, and children, mental health services, and food justice.

Nonprofits receiving the new grants totaling the $183,000 are:

  • Chicopee Boys and Girls Club
  • The Children’s Study Home
  • Gardening the Community
  • Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts
  • Just Roots
  • Montague Catholic Social Ministries
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors
  • Open Pantry Community Services
  • Revitalize Community Development Corporation
  • River Valley Counseling Center
  • The Treehouse Foundation
  • Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community

May 1, 2020–A new round of grants totaling $480,000 is made possible by the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund, targeting nonprofits that are providing frontline responses to those needing shelter, food resources, serving survivors of domestic abuse and those needing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, the Community Foundation has awarded a total of $480,000 in new grants to the following nonprofits:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke (meals and food)
  • Caring Health Center, Springfield (basic needs and medical supplies)
  • Center for New Americans, Northampton (basic needs assistance, utility and housing stability)
  • Clinical & Support Options for the Friends of the Homeless, Springfield (emergency shelter)
  • Community Action, Greenfield (diapers and basic needs)
  • Community Health Center of Franklin County, Greenfield (COVID testing)
  • Enlace de Familias, Holyoke (food, personal care, basic needs)
  • Gandara Mental Health Center, West Springfield (basic needs, PPE, transportation, housing stability)
  • Greater Springfield Senior Services, Springfield (meals and food)
  • Grow Food Northampton (food distribution)
  • Highland-Valley Elder Services, Florence (PPE)
  • Hilltown Community Health Centers, Worthington (basic needs, medical supplies)
  • Holyoke Health Center (medical services)
  • LifePath, Greenfield (meals and food)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, Springfield (meals and food)
  • New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, Greenfield (assistance to survivors of domestic violence)
  • New North Citizens Council, Springfield (basic needs, utility, housing stability)
  • Northampton Survival Center (food distribution)
  • Providence Ministries for the Needy, Holyoke (meals and food)
  • Safe Passage, Northampton (assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence)
  • ServiceNet, Northampton (emergency shelter)
  • Survival Centers, Amherst Survival Center (meals and food)
  • WestMass ElderCare, Holyoke (meals and food)
  • Womanshelter Companeras, Holyoke (domestic violence intervention, sheltering)
  • YWCA of Western Massachusetts, Springfield (personal protective equipment for residents and staff)

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 insecurity. The Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and nonprofit 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


April 23, 2020—A fourth round of grants totaling $226,000 were awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley, targeting area hospitals, youth-serving programs, and food access programs.
Grants made to healthcare institutions included:

  • Baystate Medical Center
  • Baystate Noble Hospital
  • Baystate Wing Hospital
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital Health Care Corporation
  • Holyoke Medical Center
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Shriners Hospital for Children

Also receiving grants are:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield
  • Brick House Community Resource Center
  • Center for Human Development, Family Outreach of Amherst
  • Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center
  • Franklin County DIAL / SELF
  • Friends of Children
  • Our Community Table / Westfield Soup Kitchen

April 15, 2020—In the third round of grants awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley, 17 nonprofit organizations received of a total of $178,000. The emergency funding helps the agencies provide basic needs and health supports for the most vulnerable populations in Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties. The newest grantees:

  • Bethlehem Baptist Community Church
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
  • Easthampton Community Center
  • Franklin County Community Meals Program, Inc.
  • Good Neighbors Food Pantry
  • Gray House, Inc.
  • Jewish Federation of WMASS, Inc. for Rachel’s Table
  • Jubilee Cupboard Food Pantry
  • Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen
  • MANNA Soup Kitchen
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, Inc.
  • Mary Lyon Education Fund, Inc.
  • Providence Ministries for the Needy for Kate’s Kitchen & Margaret’s Pantry
  • Salvation Army – Springfield Corps
  • Salvation Army – Greenfield Corps
  • Stone Soup Café
  • Survival Centers, Inc./Amherst Survival Center

April 7, 2020—In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded a second round of emergency grants totaling $255,000 to nonprofit organizations serving residents of the Pioneer Valley. The grants were made possible by the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals who together have contributed $3.15 million to date to the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley. This week’s grants support 1) health and other urgent services for vulnerable and underserved populations, 2) food distribution, and 3) costs associated with social distancing in shelters.

  • Behavioral Health Network
  • Clinical and Support Options
  • Center for New Americans
  • Enlace de Familias de Holyoke / Holyoke Family Network, Inc.
  • Gandara Mental Health Center, Inc.
  • Grow Food Northampton
  • New North Citizens Council
  • ServiceNet

March 27, 2020— Local nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus crisis were awarded a total of $700,000. They included including food pantries, federally-designated community health centers, agencies serving vulnerable older people, organizations providing shelter for people without homes and for people impacted by domestic violence, and programs serving the region’s lowest income families and individuals.

Individual organizations receiving funding include:

  • Caring Health Center
  • Catholic Charities Agency- Diocese of Springfield
  • Center for Human Development
  • Community Action Pioneer Valley
  • Community Health Center of Franklin County
  • Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • Friends of the Homeless, Clinical & Support Options
  • Greater Springfield Senior Services
  • Highland Valley Elder Services
  • Hilltown Community Health Center
  • Holyoke Health Center
  • LifePath
  • New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
  • Safe Passage
  • ServiceNet
  • Springfield Partners for Community Action
  • Springfield Rescue Mission
  • Valley Opportunity Council
  • WestMass ElderCare
  • Womanshelter/ Compañeras
  • YWCA of Western Massachusetts

updated 5/8/20