Since July and for the remainder of 2020, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s COVID-19 Response Fund is focused on funding nonprofits to cover expenses needed to keep staff and clients safe during the re-opening phase of the COVID-19 crisis. Since its initial launch, the COVID-19 Response Fund has made more than 200 grants totaling nearly $9M to nonprofits. The Foundation has committed a total of $10.5 million to the Fund and encourages Greater Hartford nonprofits in need of financial support for re-opening costs to apply.”As we have seen an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, we remain committed to ensuring that Hartford Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund is able to provide our nonprofits with the dollars they need to protect their staff and safely support the residents they serve,” said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams.

Grant awards support costs associated with resuming or reopening services safely that nonprofits expect to incur over a six-month period. These costs may include personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning, small COVID-related infrastructure accommodations, technology to support virtual services and/or remote staff, staff health screenings, etc. and must be in alignment with state and federal public health guidelines for operating your facility safely.

The Foundation encourages nonprofits with eligible requests to submit an application to the COVID-19 Response Fund. To learn more about COVID-19 Response Fund grants, nonprofits are encouraged to log onto