FCCF's Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund Weekly Update & Challenge Grant

Friday, April 3, 2020

NORWALK, CT -- The generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations across Fairfield County and beyond has been extraordinary. In the two weeks since the Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund was established by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF), more than $1.375 MILLION has been donated.

FCCF’s Community Impact team is working to review applications for funding and rapidly deploy vital grants to local nonprofits supporting basic needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents: food, shelter, health, safety, and education. More than 30 organizations have already received grants totaling over $500,000.


We’re thrilled to share that the $100,000 challenge grant provided by an anonymous FCCF fundholder last week was met! 

And now, we’ve got an even bigger opportunity! Another anonymous donor has offered a $500,000 challenge grant! Any donation up to $10,000 to the Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000! 

To those who have already contributed, THANK YOU! Every donation of any size matters, so please continue to give from your heart and help us spread the word to your friends, family and beyond.


For our nonprofit partners, there is a Nonprofit Resources webpage, which is updated regularly with information and links to best practices, additional financial resources, webinar trainings, and other tools to help Fairfield County nonprofits continue to provide support to those in need and to strengthen our region.

Nonprofit Access to CARES Act
SBA Loans, Loan Forgiveness, and More

Nonprofits can secure government loans and other assistance under the CARES Act.   The SBA loans can keep your organization functioning, workforce employed, and clients served during the Covid-19 crisis.  The loans have relatively excellent terms and are forgivable per certain requirements. 

Applications will be accepted starting April 3, 2020. These loans are first come, first served – so, be sure to contact your bank ASAP, even if in advance of filing.   

Nonprofits may also consult The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act to identify other ways the bill’s provisions can help meet immediate needs. 


If you’re interested in local volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.volunteersquare.com/opportunities or learn about being a possible volunteer with the Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Connecticut VOAD) at https://dart-ct.communityos.org/volunteer-registration.




Helen L. Koven
Helen L. Koven LLC
Public Relations Consultant

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