As our state and local community continues to respond to COVID-19, two critical needs have risen to the forefront of our response efforts: (1) emergency basic needs of residents and (2) preparation and planning for long-term recovery and resilience. In order to meet emergency needs, Connecticut Community Foundation will continue to distribute rapid response grants to nonprofits.

At the same time, we will be investing in long-term nonprofit capacity building, and in improving access to preventative services and systems. This unprecedented crisis requires a larger and longer-lasting response to help those in our community facing critical needs at this time. This is a multi-faceted crisis affecting public health, economic stability, housing, food security and mental health. We are determined to find ways to create systemic change that will have lasting positive impact and deliver an unprecedented level of financial support to our community by increasing the capacity of local nonprofits and improving their ability to respond to urgent needs.

The COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Fund provides us the flexibility to ensure there are resources available for this two-fold approach.

As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, we will continue working with the support of generous seed funding from a cross-section of individuals, private foundations, corporations and others to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are in dire need of our help as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Foundation also remains committed to convening members and key partners to share important news, updates and collective action opportunities to address the widespread impact of COVID-19 and emergent issues in the region.

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You can be part of this vital local recovery effort by supporting the COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund. And for a limited time, donations up to $50,000 will be matched by our partner Ion Bank!

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