Community Foundation Update (08/01/20)

Community Foundation Update (08/01/20)

Arizona

The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona has announced a twelfth round of COVID-19 Response Grants totaling $70,000. The four grants will enable organizations in the Tucson area to provide laptops to students, meals to food-insecure children and families, and academic achievement opportunities to lower-income students. Since April, the foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief funding.

California

The San Diego Foundation has announced a $25,000 grant from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to the Foundation for Women Warriors in support of dozens of women veterans and their children who have turned to the group's Emergency Services Program for help covering the cost of everything from rent to car repairs. Since March, more than two hundred female veterans have taken advantage of the Foundation for Women Veterans' services, including webinars dedicated to financial planning, managing anxiety, career skills training, and organizing important documents such as living trusts.

Colorado

COVID response funding from the Boulder County Community Foundation has enabled the Nederland Area Senior meal-delivery program to reach a larger number of older adults, the Mountain Ear reports. In April, the organization received a grant of $127,000 in support of its Mountain Peak Life program, which now serves approximately eighteen hundred nutritious meals to ninety-two seniors on a monthly basis, with the number expected to increase this fall and winter.

Indiana

The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced a capacity-building grant of $560,000 to Horizon House. The funding will support permanent supportive services for a hundred and twenty individuals and families who have been homeless for at least a year. An additional $90,000 will be made available by the foundation if the organization achieves agreed-upon outcomes.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced COVID relief grants totaling $505,000 in support of southeast Louisiana nonprofits working to provide assistance to families with young children, incarcerated and recently released individuals, and workers and small minority-owned businesses. Since March, GNOF's Disaster Response and Restoration Fund has awarded $1.8 million to nonprofits serving the thirteen-parish area.

Massachusetts

The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $230,000 to nine nonprofits providing COVID-19 emergency relief, with a focus on individuals and families that are unhoused or at risk of becoming homeless in Cambridge, Somerville, or Medford. In July, in partnership with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, the foundation distributed an additional $465,000 to fourteen nonprofits working to address food and housing insecurity in the area and provide services to immigrants, victims of domestic violence, and those with mental health needs. Since March, the foundation has raised and awarded $1.235 million in COVID-related grants, putting emergency funds into the hands of nearly fifteen hundred families who live, work, study, create, or worship in Cambridge; thirty-one arts organizations and groups impacted by the virus; and twenty-seven local nonprofits that regranted the funds to constituents. CCF also funded the preparation by Cambridge restaurants of more than four thousand hot meals that were delivered to local hospital workers.

Michigan

In its first grantmaking round of the year, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.1 million in support of seventy-five local nonprofits, with a focus on equity and education. Grant recipients include African Community Kalamazoo, Christian Neighbors, InterAct of Michigan, and the New Direction Outreach Center.

In partnership with the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced grants totaling $300,000 to eight nonprofits providing services to children in the region. Although DADA's Charity Preview was not held this year due to the cancellation of the North American International Auto Show, the association chose to continue its annual support for local organizations, each of which will receive a grant of $37,500. Recipients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, the Children's Center, Detroit PAL, and March of Dimes Metro Detroit.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced that since it established the Community Crisis Action Fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it has received gifts totaling more than $3.8 million for the fund and awarded nearly $9 million in emergency grants. Recipients of the fund's most recent grants include Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth, Lamprey Health Care, the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, and Vital Communities.

Ohio

The Columbus Foundation has announced a $500,000 grant to expand its commitment to broadband connectivity issues that are preventing students and others in the region from working online. The grant will seed the newly established Central Ohio Digital Divide Fund, which was created as a branch of the foundation's Emergency Response Fund to address needs related to COVID-19 and will make grants in support of solutions to local online connectivity challenges included in a broadband access report commissioned by the foundation and released in July.

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