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In March, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to rapidly deploy resources to support the residents who are most significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund is designed to complement the work of federal, state and municipal government efforts and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

“The Hartford Foundation continues to provide support to our dedicated community nonprofit providers as they respond to residents needs during this public health and economic crisis,” said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams. “This latest round of grants from the Fund not only includes resources to provide food and other basic needs, but also support creating work opportunities for young people, community outreach and COVID-19 testing in some of our most impacted neighborhoods in East Hartford and Hartford, as well as support for Hartford Public Schools as they work to reduce the negative academic impact of school closures.”

The tenth round of grants totaling $430,860 will support eight community-based organizations that provide basic human needs and other critical supports. 

Organization Services Grant Amount
A Promise to Jordan Grant will help the organization maintain minimal service levels to clients with substance abuse disorders. $2,000
Charter Oak Temple Restoration Association Grant will help maintain and provide some expansion of the Eats of the Street program. $30,000
Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance Grant will provide matching funding to leverage federal dollars for the ConnectiCorps program over one year. The program will match 40 young people with service/work opportunities in 10 basic human needs nonprofits in the Greater Hartford region, with a focus on Alliance Districts. $200,000
Hartford City Mission Grant will support the distribution of food and hygiene items to youth and their families

in Hartford’s North End neighborhoods.

Hartford Communities That Care Grant will support collaborative efforts to implement COVID-19 testing in Hartford and East Hartford, including community outreach. $48,860
Hartford Public Schools Grant will provide support for the distance learning needs of students including technology

support, translation and basic human needs distribution.

My People Community Services Grant will support the costs of therapists and clinicians to provide for the mental health

needs of individuals, family and community.

Tunxis Community College Grant will add to a pool of micro-grants available for low-income students at Tunxis and Asnuntuck Community Colleges to address educational and basic human needs of low-income students facing job loss and other emergency situations, allowing them to continue their education. $40,000

Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund are being made on a weekly basis. Hartford Foundation staff will continue to review applications and work with existing grantees to explore options to repurpose already awarded grant dollars and accelerate multi-year grant payments to address emerging needs. In addition to grant dollars, the Foundation will offer capacity building, technical support and lines of credit to nonprofit organizations in the Hartford region.

The Foundation has committed $6.4 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund through the end of May. Furthermore, the Foundation has received more than $3.59 million in donations from generous individuals, corporations and donor-advised-funds. For a complete listing of COVID-19 Response Donors follow this link.

Fundraising will continue throughout the public health crisis, but it is clear that the consequences of COVID-19 will continue through the end of 2020. While the Fund will not be able to address all of the needs that arise, the Foundation expects to add additional Foundation-directed dollars to the COVID-19 Response Fund going forward.

To learn more about the COVID-19 Response Fund or to make a donation log onto

 The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $795 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit or call 860-548-1888.