The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund has announced an initial round of grants totaling $3.5 million to forty-two organizations working to address the immediate needs of individuals and communities impacted by COVID-19.
Grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations with the capacity to deploy emergency services to a large number of Chicagoland residents, including those providing emergency food and supplies, mortgage and utility assistance, and direct financial assistance to individuals who have lost their jobs as a result of the virus. Recipients include All Chicago, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, the Children's First Fund, Cradles to Crayons, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the HANA Center, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, ONE Northside, Ounce of Prevention, and the Resurrection Project – Lift Up.
Launched last week by the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago in partnership with the City of Chicago, the fund has raised more than $13.5 million to date to address the rapidly changing situation and is being ramped up to address more areas of high need.
"Since we launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, we have been moved by the generosity of donors large and small [who] have come together to protect our most vulnerable neighbors," said Chicago Community Trust president and CEO Helene Gayle. "Through our collective action, we have been able to respond rapidly and provide valuable resources to those working on the frontlines to keep our neighbors fed, housed, and cared for."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Chicago Community Trust website.