Hartford Foundation Announces Second Round of Phase Two Grants from COVID-19 Response Fund

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

More Than $400,000 in grants awarded to 23 Nonprofit Organizations

HARTFORD, CT -- 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 government efforts and expand local capacity to address the outbreak as efficiently as possible. The Fund has transitioned from emergency response to keeping nonprofit staff and clients well prepared and safe during the re-opening phase of the pandemic. Grant awards will support re-opening costs that nonprofits expect to incur over the remainder of 2020, including 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 safely re-opening facilities. 

"As more nonprofits reopen their facilities, the Hartford Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund is pleased to be able to provide many of them with the cleaning and personal protective equipment they need to protect their staff and the residents they serve,” said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams. "This latest round of grants includes organizations providing a wide array of services to our community as well as support to community arts organizations that are significantly challenged by the economic and public health crises.”

The second round of Phase Two of COVID-19 Response Fund grants totaling $424,142 to support community-based organizations that provide a variety of critical supports. Since its launch, the COVID-19 Response Fund has made $8,559,637 in grants to more than 160 organizations providing basic human needs, cleaning supplies, PPE to support reopening of nonprofits and other services to local residents.

  • 4-H Education Center at Auer Farm: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning and sanitizing equipment and other minor building and grounds enhancements. $14,000
  • Center for Children’s Advocacy: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology, cleaning, and minor workspace modifications. $9.800
  • Charter Oak Boxing Academy: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including enhanced cleaning and cleaning supplies. $7,500
  • Community Health Resources: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology. $20,000
  • Connecticut Science Center: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning supplies and technology. $20,000
  • Creative Living Community of Connecticut, Inc.: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning supplies, technology and minor building and grounds enhancements. $6,500
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council, Inc.: Grant will support PPE distribution to the arts community, in conjunction with the City of Hartford. $100,000
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning products and minor office enhancements. $2,000
  • Hands On Hartford: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning products and minor office enhancements. $30,000
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology and small building enhancements. $20,000
  • Hartford Consortium for Higher Education: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology and PPE for the Career Beginnings program. $9,000
  • Hartford Knights Corporation: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology and PPE. $12,000
  • Hartford Performs: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology and other supports related to video programming. $9,250
  • Hartford Public Library: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including PPE, cleaning, small facilities modifications, technology and staff health screenings. $20,672
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy: Grant will provide matching support for Family Life Education ($15,000) and the Hartford Deportation Fund ($10,000) through the HIP Essential Fund. $25,000
  • Keney Park Sustainability Project: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including PPE and cleaning. $5,000
  • Little Theater of Manchester: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning and cleaning equipment. $3,9250
  • National Conference for Community and Justice: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning supplies, technology and minor building and grounds enhancements. $4,500
  • New Horizons, Inc.: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including enhanced security to reduce exposure of clients. $15,000
  • Oak Hill: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology, PPE and cleaning supplies. $20,000
  • Open Hearth Association: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including cleaning, PPE and building modifications. $30,000
  • reSet Social Enterprise Trust: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including PPE, cleaning supplies and minor work space enhancements. $5,000
  • South Park Inn: Grant will provide partial support for reopening costs including technology and other supports related to video programming. $35,000

The Foundation has committed $10.5 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund through the end of 2020. Furthermore, the Foundation has received more than $4.1 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, and it is clear that the consequences of COVID-19 will persist through the end of 2020.

To learn more about the COVID-19 Response Fund or to make a donation log onto www.hfpg.org/covid-19-response.

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.

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Contact:

Chris Senecal
Senior Public Policy and Media Relations Officer
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
o: 860-548-1888 x1050 m: 860-716-4861
csenecal@hfpg.org

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