Funding is available for established programs supporting immigrants and refugees and those with limited-English-speaking capacity, including undocumented immigrants impacted by the COVID crisis.

COVID Relief for Underserved Populations

Application Deadline: February 3, 2021, 5 p.m.

Maximum Award: N/A

Application Link
Please note that this is a new application portal as of August 2020. If you haven’t yet registered, you’ll need to create a new account when you first log on.

Who may apply: Any nonprofit that serves the intended recipients of this funding in Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin counties with an emphasis on those serving Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield.

Purpose: The goal of the COVID Relief for Underserved Populations grants is to provide direct economic support for costs related to meeting basic human needs for individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis and its economic impact. These grants will be particularly focused on the needs of immigrants and refugees and those with limited-English-speaking capacity, including undocumented immigrants.  

Funds are intended to benefit:

  • low-income (incomes at or below 80% of the applicable area median income); and
  • non-English or limited-English-speaking and historically underserved communities; and
  • populations whose economic hardship has been exacerbated by the 2019 novel coronavirus

We will prioritize applications from those organizations that currently have programs and infrastructure in place to provide these services and distribute aid, as opposed to those organizations that propose the creation of new programs and systems. This is in order to ensure that services and aid are provided as quickly as possible.

In addition, we will prioritize programs that serve the Gateway Cities of Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, and Westfield.

For more information, please review the application.

Please send questions to Sheila Toto, Senior Program Officer:

For technical issues, please contact Margaret Everett, Grants Administrator Associate:

An Overview of Our COVID Grantmaking

Beginning in March 2020, the Community Foundation began grantmaking to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our initial grants were emergency grants to support nonprofits serving those most vulnerable to the crisis. We awarded $6.7 million from March through August 2020.

In October 2020 we awarded $2 million to nonprofits that had been negatively impacted by the pandemic financially.

We have provided non-monetary support through trainings for nonprofits. In response to the deep impact on artists, our Valley Creates program has provided training and capital grants to artists.

In February 2021, we anticipate grantmaking to support underserved communities, particularly immigrants and refugees and those with limited-English-speaking capacity, including undocumented immigrants. In addition, we expect to periodically provide additional emergency grantmaking for basic human services, as well as support for nonprofit resiliency, re-envisioning, and rebuilding. We recognize that our community depends on a healthy nonprofit sector and thus our approach will include monetary and non-monetary support.

Of course, we recognize that the pandemic may bring unexpected needs and require that we shift our plans. We pledge to remain nimble and ready to respond.

Sheila Toto

Questions? Comments?

Please reach out to Sheila Toto, Senior Program Officer