Hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to organizations that are vital to our region including those working with communities at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the virus and most impacted by inequity.

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 support their neighbors in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.

Our Partners

The COVID-19 Response Fund is a cross-sector partnership, spurred on by MassMutual’s $1,000,000 commitment. Funding from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund has significantly expanded our grantmaking. Our other partners include:

  • bankESB
  • Barr Foundation
  • Berkshire Bank
  • Beveridge Family Foundation
  • BIG Y
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Bulkley Richardson and Gelinas
  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
  • Costello & Leiter, P.C.
  • Cove Hill Partners
  • Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
  • Delta Dental of Massachusetts
  • Dietz & Co. Architects
  • Eversource Foundation
  • Fallon Health

  • Greenfield Cooperative Bank/Northampton Cooperative Bank
  • Keady, Foard, Montemagni, UBS Wealth Management
  • KeyBank in partnership with First Niagara Foundation
  • Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • MassMutual
  • Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • People’s United Community Foundation
  • PeoplesBank
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Vertex Foundation
  • Wagner Foundation
  • Westfield Bank

More than 650 individual donors throughout our region and beyond have also contributed. Thank you all!

Special thanks to WWLP-22NewsThe Republican, and MassLive.com for sharing news about the COVID-19 Response Fund and generously donating advertising and public service announcements.

We are also grateful to GiveGab for their in-kind donation of software services.

Ellen Leuchs

We Welcome More Partners in this Relief and Recovery Effort!

Please contact Vice President for Philanthropic Services, Ellen Leuchs

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Organizations Supported by the COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund has made over 270 grants to date, supporting more than 160 nonprofits in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Learn more about the impact of these organizations on our blog.

October 9, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has announced it has awarded $2.05 million in stabilization grants to 70 nonprofit organizations, targeting nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic financially:

  • All Our Kids (South Hadley)
  • All Out Adventures (Northampton)
  • Amherst Community Connections
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County (Greenfield)
  • Blues to Green (Huntington)
  • Boys & Girls Club Family Center (Springfield)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield
  • Brick House Community Resource Center (Turners Falls)
  • Cancer Connection (Northampton)
  • Caring Health Center (Springfield)
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin and North Quabbin (Greenfield)
  • Christina’s House (Springfield)
  • Community Adolescent Resources and Education Center (Holyoke)
  • Community Health Center of Franklin County (Greenfield)
  • Community Music School of Springfield
  • Community Upliftment Program (Springfield)
  • Drama Studio (Springfield)
  • Empowerment Through The Arts (Shutesbury)
  • Enchanted Circle (Holyoke)
  • Friends of Children (Hadley)
  • Gandara Mental Health Center (West Springfield)
  • Gray House (Springfield)
  • Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (West Springfield)
  • Hampshire Regional YMCA (Northampton)
  • Happier Valley Comedy (Hadley)
  • Homework House (Holyoke)
  • International Language Institute of Massachusetts (Northampton)
  • Just Roots (Greenfield); LifePath (Greenfield)
  • Leadership Pioneer Valley (Springfield)
  • Leverett Craftsmen and Artists (Leverett)
  • Longmeadow Historical Society
  • Ludlow Boys & Girls Club/Randall Boys & Girls Club
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services (Springfield)
  • MassHire Springfield Career Center
  • McKnight Community Development Corporation (Springfield)
  • Montague Catholic Social Ministries (Turners Falls)
  • Musica Franklin (Colrain)
  • North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy (Orange)
  • Northampton Arts Council
  • Northampton Center for the Arts
  • Northampton Survival Center
  • Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity (Florence)
  • Pioneer Valley Project (Springfield)
  • Pioneer Valley Workers Center (Northampton)
  • Providence Ministries for the Needy (Holyoke)
  • Quabbin Mediation (Orange)
  • Rivera & Rivera Act Against Foreclosure (Springfield)
  • Riverside Industries (Easthampton)
  • Safe Passage (Northampton)
  • Somali Bantu Community of Springfield
  • South End Community Center (Springfield)
  • Springfield Boys & Girls Club
  • Springfield Day Nursery Corporation
  • Springfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Stone Soul (Springfield)
  • Sunshine Village (Chicopee)
  • The Art Garden (Shelburne Falls)
  • The Northampton Academy of Music
  • The Performance Project (Northampton)
  • Treehouse Foundation (Easthampton)
  • Urban League of Greater Springfield
  • Valley Educational Associates (Hatfield)
  • Valley Eye Radio (Springfield)
  • Voices From Inside (Greenfield)
  • West Springfield Boys & Girls Club
  • Womanshelter Companeras (Holyoke)
  • Work Opportunity Center (Agawam)
  • Workshop 13 (Ware)
  • Young at Heart Chorus (Florence)

August 24, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has announced a new round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund to 37 local nonprofit organizations totaling $925K, addressing immediate needs during the pandemic:

  • Arise
  • Bayanihan Association of America
  • Bethlehem House
  • Caring Health Center
  • Cutchins Programs for Children & Families
  • Dakin Valley Humane Society
  • Ellie Fund
  • Enlace de Familias de Holyoke/Holyoke Family Network
  • Family Outreach of Amherst, a program of CHD
  • Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens
  • Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity
  • Greenfield Community College Foundation
  • Hilltown Community Health Centers
  • Holyoke Community College Foundation
  • Home City Development
  • Lovin’ Spoonfuls
  • Make-It Springfield
  • Manna Soup Kitchen
  • New England Farm Workers’ Council, a program of Partners for Community
  • New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
  • New North Citizens’ Council
  • Nuestras Raices
  • People’s Medicine Project, a program of Western MA Training Consortium
  • Revitalize Community Development Corporation
  • South End Community Center
  • Springfield Rescue Mission
  • Springfield Technical Community College Foundation
  • Stone Soup Café, a program of All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist
  • The Performance Project
  • The Salvation Army – Holyoke Corps
  • The Salvation Army – Springfield Corps
  • Treehouse Foundation
  • United Way of Pioneer Valley
  • Urban League of Springfield
  • Way Finders
  • Valley Radio Reading Service dba Valley Eye Radio
  • YWCA of Western Massachusetts

July 22, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has announced new grants to 26 local nonprofits through the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley totaling $725K, targeting employment assistance, food insecurity, homelessness and foreclosure prevention, and addressing immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 26 nonprofits include:

  • Amherst Community Connections
  • Amherst Survival Center
  • Brick House Community Resource Center
  • Center for New Americans
  • Chicopee Boys & Girls Club
  • Community Upliftment Program
  • Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts
  • Franklin and North Quabbin Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Franklin County Community Meals Program
  • LifePath
  • Mary Lyon Education Foundation
  • Mental Health Association
  • Montague Catholic Social Ministries
  • Pioneer Valley Project
  • Pioneer Valley Workers Center
  • Project New Hope
  • Public Health Institute of Western MA
  • Rivera and Rivera Acts Against Foreclosure
  • Safe Passage
  • Springfield Partners for Community Action
  • St. Mary’s Parish
  • Sunshine Village
  • United Service Organization of Pioneer Valley
  • Valley Opportunity Council
  • Wheelhouse Farm
  • The Westfield State Foundation

July 9, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has completed its eleventh round of grants from its COVID-19 Reponse Fund for the Pioneer Valley, totaling $785,000 to 36 local nonprofits. The latest round targets summer programs, homelessness, and those with disabilities.

The 36 nonprofits receiving grants include:

  • Berkshire County Arc
  • Bethlehem House
  • Boys and Girls Club Family Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield
  • Christina’s House
  • Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center
  • Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
  • Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society DBA Dakin Human Society
  • Ellie Fund
  • Easthampton Community Center
  • Girls Inc. of the Valley
  • Hampshire Regional Young Men’s Christian Association
  • Health Law Advocates
  • Holyoke Young Men’s Christian Association
  • Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts
  • Ludlow Boys & Girls Club
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services
  • Massachusetts Military Support Foundation
  • New North Citizens’ Council
  • Open Pantry Community Services
  • Providence Ministries for the Needy
  • Rachel’s Table
  • South End Community Center
  • Springfield Boys and Girls Club
  • Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Community Survival Center
  • The Salvation Army – Greenfield Corps
  • The Salvation Army – Holyoke Corps
  • The Salvation Army – Springfield Corps
  • Urban League of Springfield
  • Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • West Springfield Boys & Girls Club
  • YMCA of Greater Springfield
  • YMCA of Greater Westfield

June 16, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has completed its tenth round of grants from its COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley, totaling nearly $950,000 to local nonprofits addressing immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest round targets community centers, food security and education services.

The 29 nonprofits receiving grants include:

  • Boys and Girls Club Family Center (Acorn Street)
  • Brick House Community Resource Center
  • Caring Health Center
  • Catholic Charities Agency of the Diocese of Springfield
  • Community Health Center of Franklin County
  • Enlace de Familias de Holyoke/Holyoke Family Network
  • Gandara Mental Health Center
  • Gardening the Community/TSNE Missionworks
  • Greater Springfield Senior Services
  • Greenfield Community College Foundation
  • Grow Food Northampton
  • Holyoke Community College Foundation
  • Just Roots
  • LifePath
  • Multicultural Community Services of the Pioneer Valley
  • New North Citizens’ Council
  • Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project
  • ServiceNet
  • Somali Bantu Community of Springfield
  • Springfield Day Nursery Corporation DBA Square One
  • Springfield Food Policy Council/Springfield Partners for Community Action
  • Springfield Rescue Mission
  • Springfield Technical Community College Foundation
  • Survival Centers/Amherst Survival Center
  • The Gardner Group DBA On-Site Academy
  • Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute
  • United Way of Franklin County
  • Urban League of Springfield
  • Viability, Inc.

These grants are made possible by the generosity of our donors including the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The 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.

June 4, 2020

Two new rounds of grants totaling over $1 million from the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley were awarded to local nonprofits addressing immediate needs for families, mental health and food justice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In two rounds in late May, the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley awarded grants to 30 Western Massachusetts nonprofits:

  • Baystate Health Foundation
  • Behavioral Health Network
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke
  • Center for Human Development
  • Clinical & Support Options
  • Community Action Pioneer Valley
  • Holyoke Health Center
  • Holyoke Young Men’s Christian Association
  • Lovin Spoonfuls
  • Mental Health Association
  • Pathlight
  • Pioneer Valley Workers Center
  • Springfield Day Nursery Corporation/Square One
  • Springfield Partners for Community Action
  • Stavros Center for Independent Living
  • Tapestry Health Systems
  • The Salvation Army – Holyoke Corps
  • Valley Opportunity Center
  • YMCA of Greater Springfield
  • YMCA of Greater Westfield
  • Community Legal Aid
  • Holyoke Medical Center
  • Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry
  • MANNA Soup Kitchen
  • Our Community Pantry
  • Partners for Community
  • Salasin Project/Western MA Training Consortium
  • Stone Soup Café
  • The United Arc
  • Wales Community Pantry
  • YWCA of Western Massachusetts

These grants are made possible by the generosity of our donors including the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The 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

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

Information & Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

In late March, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The $2 trillion CARES Act includes emergency relief for individuals, businesses, medical centers and nonprofits. See below to learn more about what it means for nonprofit organizations, including important time-sensitive implications.

We will add more to this page over time.

Updated: 4/28/2020

Community Resources

In this evolving situation, it’s essential that we prioritize the wellness of our community at large. The Community Foundation encourages everyone to stay updated with accurate information. Following are a few resources. Please revisit them regularly for the most timely facts and guidance:

If you are an individual in crisis due to the COVID-19 crisis: Our hearts go out to you. 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. The organizations we’ve funded are listed above. Please check this list for organizations that may be able to assist you. If you need resources immediately, please connect online to Mass-211 or dial 2-1-1 on any phone.