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Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2018

In our recently released newsletter, NEBiP highlighted community foundations and United Ways that have created COVID-19 funds to help those in our communities who are most vulnerable. Below please find our resource list that includes that list as well as other resources and organizations that are making are trying to combat COVID-19’s impact. This page will be updated as we get new information and please feel free to share these resources with your networks.

Get daily updates on COVID-19 in Massachusetts here.
PPE Access

Protect MA is an online marketplace that connects Black and Latinx designers, makers, and manufacturers of non-medical masks, cloth face covers, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) with potential buyers in the business and residential communities.

Link to Protect MA

The City of Boston has created a resource page for Small Businesses looking to buy or sell PPE. Access the resource page here.

Learn what PPE is required in order to operate under the Governor’s “Reopening Phase One” as a small business here.

Learn where to purchase protective equipment for employees here.

Update as of April 22nd 2020
The City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) are partnering with community health centers to increase access to testing. Find your nearest testing center here.
Community Foundations
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (MA)-Funds deployed to Non-profit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
Link to the fund
Brookline Community Foundation (MA)-Emergency assistance for basic needs (food, utilities, rent assistance, and other urgent needs) for residents of Brookline, MA.
Cambridge Community Foundation (MA)- The Cambridge Community Foundation has launched the Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund as a source of immediate relief for those who need it most.
Link to the Fund
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (MA)–  The COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley will provide flexible resources to organizations that are working with communities at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the virus and most impacted by inequity.
Essex County Community Foundation (MA)- Financial resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation (MA)- Support to Non-Profits serving the most vulnerable in our population.
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (CT)- The Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations throughout the region that serve residents who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak,
The Boston Foundation (MA)- Flexible resources to organizations in Greater Boston that are working with communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Vermont Community Foundation (VT)- Flexible resources to nonprofits working to address the most immediate public health and economic impacts of the disease, focusing on vulnerable populations and the service providers that support them.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CT)- Support for  Greater New Haven’s nonprofit organizations and the people they serve affected by COVID-19.
The Community Foundation for Nantucket (MA)- The Community Foundation has established Nantucket Fund For Emergency Relief. This Fund will award grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits that are addressing the most important needs during this broad-based community emergency.
Link to the fund
The Community Foundation of Southeastern MA (MA)- The Southcoast Emergency Response Fund has been established by the Community Foundation  to rapidly attract and deploy resources to organizations in the region that are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Link to the fund
Watertown Community Foundation (MA)- The Watertown Community Foundation has established the Community Resilience Fund to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency and similar crises.
Link to the fund
United Way
Connecticut:
Assistance for individuals and families in central and northeastern Connecticut with food; emergency assistance; and, childcare.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, will fund non-profits in our region to ensure people have access to food, housing, emergency assistance, and health services
Maine:
Support for the basic needs of people in Eastern Maine affected by COVID-19.
Massachusetts:
Grants for local non-profits to help families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis meet their basic food, childcare or housing needs.
This fund will support local vulnerable individuals and families already struggling to afford food who are now faced with the additional challenges of school closings, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave, and the virus’ disparate impact on adults over 60.
Immediate assistance to individuals and families impacted by lost wages, and the closure of schools, day cares, and non-essential businesses.
Funds to address those most impacted by COVID-19 in the SouthCoast community.
United Way of North Central Massachusetts (Fitchburg)
The Stand United Fund will help alleviate the drastic disruptions to family life in the Fitchburg area.
Support for those in the Worcester community who need it the most.
New Hampshire:
Assistance for agencies that provide relief to Monadnock region’s families.  
COVID-19 Relief Fund to help partner organizations in their response to the virus.
Financial support to local nonprofits for their extra-ordinary and unprecedented expenses related to Covid-19.
Rhode Island:
Support for direct-service nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Massachusetts Hospitals
Boston Medical Center:
COVID-19 Relief Fund
Grants and Funds
Resources on how to prepare for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program funding can be found here. This program is available until June 30, 2020.
Expanded Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance is expanded to cover many workers not eligible for traditional benefits and the benefits have been increased by $600 per worker per week. These programs are managed by individual states so check with your state’s Unemployment Insurance office here.

Apply for Save Small Business Fund
The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. To qualify you must:

  • Employ between 3 and 20 people
  • Be located in an economically vulnerable community
  • Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic

Learn more here.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance 
Massachusetts residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The new federal PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. This includes self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those with limited work history.
Learn more and apply here.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Earlier this year, Facebook announced that it would provide financial support of $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during this challenging time. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Be a for-profit company
  • Have between 2 and 50 employees
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates

To learn more about the program and to apply, click here.

The Futures Fund

BECMA, in partnership with Berkshire Bank and the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce (MALGBTCC), has created the “Futures Fund”, a $3 million COVID-19 Relief Fund aimed at providing financial support to small business members of both organizations. The program creates a direct credit line of $50,000 for businesses in need of financial support and flexibility while managing the effects of COVID-19.

Learn more about the fund here.

If you would like to participate in this program, please reach out to info@becma.org.

The Boston Resiliency Fund
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Link to the fund
The Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF) 
To meet anticipated, unmet needs, MCRF emerged as a local disaster relief fund that prepares for and responds to those of our neighbors on Cape Cod and the Islands who need financial assistance for basic services.
Link to the fund
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
TheNellie Mae Education Foundation launched a rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Racism is a Virus Too  rapid response grant fund will support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities.
EOS Foundation
To help ensure the nutritional safety net for children during school closures, school districts are eligible to apply for emergency grants of up to $10,000. Monies may be used for equipment and supplies necessary to increase the numbers of meals served, including mobile and delivered meal solutions.
Link to the the grant
Foundation for MetroWest
The MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund will support non-profits addressing the most immediate needs or experiencing significant financial challenges due to closures during broad-based community emergencies, such as natural disasters, financial crises, and public health emergencies.
Schott Foundation
The Loving Communities Response Fund was created to support community-led grassroots organizations who serve youth and families directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Link to the fund
Union Capital
Union Capital is seeking help in a one-time direct gift campaign to send Visa gift cards to those who need it urgently in the Greater Boston area. 100% of donations will go immediately to families in need. This Fund is open to all Greater Boston area residents, not just UCB Members
Link to donate
Combined Jewish Philanthropies’
Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ has created the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund 100% of the money raised will support community members facing hardship as a result of this pandemic.
Link to the fund
The Greg Hill Foundation Restaurant Strong Fund
The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams* to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures.
Link to the fund
Life Science Cares
LSC will award flexible grants to their 27 partner organizations and others in the community tirelessly working to meet the emerging and shifting needs caused by this unprecedented outbreak.
Link to the fund
Women’s Foundation of Boston
Women’s Foundation of Boston has launched a new fund to support women and girls in Greater Boston.
Link to the fund
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
$3 million for COVID-19 relief efforts by supporting community and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Link to the fund
Family Relief Fund
Boston City Councilor Julia Meija has created a Family Relief Fund in collaboration with Determined Divas, Tufts Health Plan, the Family Independence Initiative, and Berkshire Bank to help small businesses and low-income families during this pandemic. Donate to the fund here
Apply to the fund here
COVID-19 Relief Grants for Individuals- Cambridge 
This database was created as a resource for staff and volunteers working with Cambridge residents in need of financial support.
Click here to access the database.
Loans
Kiva lenders provide financial assistance to all by making 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Link to the application
Support for Small Businesses (MA)
To find coronavirus related relief for small businesses in your state from the small business administration click here.
The federal government, through the Small Business Administration, is making emergency capital available to small businesses and non-profits via the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.  Apply for emergency funding here.
Small Business Relief for COVID-19 (MA):
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Governor’s office are working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The first step in this process is to meet a minimum threshold of affected businesses within Massachusetts. To do this, affected small businesses and nonprofits should download, complete, and submit this SBA EIDL Worksheet and Instructions to expedite the activation of the EIDL program form here.Completed forms may be submitted by email to Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov or by fax to (508) 820-1401. If submitting by fax, please include an email address.
Small Business Loan Fund: 
$10 Million announced today for small business loans up to $75,000 . Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply for a Small Business Loan here.
Hello Alice
Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of their broader mission to ensure Business for All. Click here for more information.
For businesses that did not meet the criteria for the Small Business Relief Fund, the Office of Economic Development has assembled a Financial Relief Handbook to assist businesses in navigating the other available assistance. Access the handbook here.
Forbes Magazine has created a list of banks and financial tech companies that are accepting applications for PPP loans. Find the list here. In the case that you are unable to secure funding for your business during this round of funding, business owners are being advised to keep their documents in order and to be ready to apply as soon as the program opens back up again.

Student Relief

College Students

The Leadership Brainery is providing College Student Emergency Relief Mini Grants to support diverse and first-generation college students in the Greater Boston area experiencing homelessness and financial hardships during this time.

Link to application

Housing Relief

Keep up with updates on affordable housing during COVID-19 here.

The H.4647 Act, providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency has passed and been signed into law. This legislation prevents landlords from charging late fees or sending reports to credit rating agencies as long as tenants notify them within 30 days of a late payment and from sending “notice to quit” letters.  If you are experiencing eviction or foreclosure please seek immediate assistance from the Office of Housing Stability at 617-635-4200 or City Life/Vida Urbana at 617-934-5006.

RADICAL JOY

Radical Joy is helping families to pay their rent. If you would like to donate to contribute to someone’s rent, please do so here: https://fundly.com/support-families-in-a-time-of-crisis.

Rental Relief Fund

The City of Boston is dedicating $3 million in City funds to help Boston residents at risk of losing their rental housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will help income-eligible tenants in the City of Boston who:

  • do not have access to expanded unemployment benefits, or
  • because of the nature of their jobs, the unemployment benefits they will receive represent a significant reduction in their actual income.

Click here to get more information on how to apply to the fund here.

Food and Meal Services

Find resources to ensure meal security here.

ICNA Relief

Find ICNA’s specialty pantry schedule here.

City of Boston

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free meals to all youth and teens at various locations and times across the City.

Link to meal sites

The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) continues to work alongside their partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts to distribute healthy food to those in need in our communities.

Link to GBFB

Violence in Boston
Violence in Boston was founded by Roxbury resident, activist, and organizer Monica Cannon-Grant. The mission of Violence in Boston is to improve the quality of life & life outcomes of individuals from disenfranchised communities by reducing the prevalence of violence and the impact of associated trauma. They have  teamed up with Food for the Soul owner Donnell Singleton and they have been feeding hundreds of children, families, and elderly folks every weekday since the virus began to spread. With the stay-at-home order, they are now delivering meals around the city. Donate HERE towards the purchase of meals.

Medford COVID-19 Relief 

This fund has a dual goal: support our local restaurants while also feeding those residents in need during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Your donations will provide monetary support to local restaurants who will then provide meals to our community members in need via local nonprofits. You can find more information here. There are three ways to donate: By VENMO (@medfordchamber), by our Go Fund Me page, or by sending a check to the Medford Chamber of Commerce, One Shipyard Way, Suite 302, Medford, MA 02155.

If you are a Medford restaurant and would like to enroll to be part of the relief program, email John Costas. If you are a non-profit organization currently serving Medford residents and would like additional information on receiving meals for your constituents, email Covid19info@medford-ma.gov.

The City of Medford and its community partners have been sponsoring Grab n’ Go food options over the last four weeks to serve community members in need with meals and groceries. Click here for a full list of organizations and locations.

Support for the Arts and Creatives

The Boston Artist Relief Fund
This fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Link to the fund
Boston Singers Resources
To be eligible for the Boston Singers’ Relief Fund funds, you must be a professional New England singer earning at least 15% of your income through singing.
Link to application
Cambridge Artist Relief Fund
The Cambridge Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Cambridge and its generous donors, are addressing the urgent need of arts and culture nonprofits, artists, and performers by taking immediate action to deploy money through the Cambridge Artist Relief Fund.
Link to the fund
Your Friends In New York: Is putting aside 50,000 to help small minority and women owned companies during this pandemic. Email: wanttohelp@yourfriendsin.nyc to learn more.
LISC has grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Click here for more information.
New England Foundation for the Arts has established a resource page to share with constituents.
Support for Parents
WGBH has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to reach middle and high school students with special distance learning programming aligned with PBS LearningMedia resources. Students can join at home on the WGBH WORLD Channel weekdays from noon to 5 pm starting Monday, March 23. Click here for more information.
WGBH’s Education team has also launched an online Distance Learning Center containing high-quality, trusted and engaging digital resources. Resources are available by grade level.
Parenting Journey is launching the It Takes a Village Emergency Fund, to do their part to help members put resources on the table for families.
Support for Youth
Boys and Girls Club
Visit the Boys and Girls club of America to let your voice be heard when it comes to the securement of youth opportunity during COVID-19.
Link to the fund
Love Your Menses 
Love Your Menses is creating and delivering free period care kits for girls around the city. Please donate money so that she can continue purchasing menstrual hygiene products. You can send money to Cashapp ($BriaGadsden) or Venmo (@Bria-Gadsden-1) or you can reach her directly at briagadsden@gmail.com. If you or someone you know is in need of a period kit, go to https://www.loveyourmenses.com/support-us
Support for the LGBTQ Community 
Find a list of community foundations providing relieve for LGBTQ organizations addressing COVID-19 as well as resources to support LGBTQ communities here.
Global Funding for COVID-19 Support
Open Road Alliance
Open Road will be offering four loan products to organizations affected by COVID-19. Charitable Grants will only be offered to organizations responding directly to COVID-19.
Link to the fund 
World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, the first-of-its-kind, enables private individuals, corporations and institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts, and has been created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with WHO.
Link to the fund
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