Connecticut Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Waterbury joined together during the onset of the pandemic to create the COVID-19 Response Fund. Since March 2020, we have been working to rapidly deploy over $757,000 in funding to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. This has been made possible with the support of generous seed funding from a cross-section of individuals, private foundations, corporations, and others.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Awarded

This fund is designed to be flexible and nimble in action to support community organizations that are meeting the basic needs of residents in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. As our communities continue to move from emergency response to recovery work, we will be phasing out funding available through the COVID-19 Response Fund. For information on donating to or applying for funding to for recovery efforts, please check out our COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund.

United Way of Greater Waterbury and Connecticut Community Foundation jointly administer requests for funding. Due to the shift from response to recovery, grant applications will be accepted through June 30, 2021 at midnight.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

Only nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations (I.e., schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities) can apply for funding. Organizations must also be based in or primarily serving the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hill communities and residents. The grant application is submitted through Survey Monkey.

Download COVID-19 Response Application

 

APPLY

DONATE

The Community Foundation is currently engaged in both emergency, rapid-response funding and in long-term recovery efforts through our new COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund. This Fund may support ongoing emergency grants, but will primarily focus on efforts that promote resiliency and recovery over the long-term. Individuals and organizations can find additional information about the COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund  and donate below.

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FUND PARTNERS

Connecticut Community Foundation
United Way of Greater Waterbury
The Leever Foundation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m an individual or a member of a family who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me? 

Unfortunately, the Fund cannot distribute money directly to individuals or families. Instead, we make grants to community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. For referrals to organizations that can provide you or your family with support, call 2-1-1 or go to 2-1-1 of Connecticut.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

See Apply for Grant above for details about who is eligible for funding. We understand the COVID-19 crisis is impacting local nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures and program and event cancellations, as well as other challenges. To seek support from the Response Fund please APPLY HERE and complete a brief application outlining your need and population served. Grant funding will be considered and released on a rolling basis. You can Download the COVID-19 Response Application and read it prior to applying.

I’m an individual or a member of a family who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

While the Fund is not able to provide grants directly to individuals or families, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. The fund’s resources will be directed to organizations serving high need, vulnerable populations, including low-income individuals and residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days; immigrants; persons with disabilities; and communities of color, among others. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on this page. We also plan to post other resources for those in need, so check back to this page. We encourage all residents to closely monitor updates and review valuable health and safety resources from the State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as their local health departments. The State of Connecticut has partnered with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the COVID-19 crisis is impacting local nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures and program and event cancellations, as well as other challenges. To seek support from the Response Fund please APPLY HERE and complete a brief application outlining your need and population served. Given the dynamic nature of this moment, grant funding will be considered and released on a rolling basis. You can Download the COVID-19 Response Application and read it prior to applying.  Consideration for grants from the Response Fund is limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as schools, faith-based organizations serving community needs, and other public entities based in or primarily serving Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

To ensure we move critical resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of nonprofit organizations serving the most impacted and vulnerable communities and residents, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. Information on how to make donations can be provided in the DONATE section of this page.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. If this Fund’s priorities align with your interests, we hope you will consider making a donation. However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings or fees from programs. In addition to making a gift to this Fund, we encourage you to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our community. Community health centers, homeless shelters, early childhood and afterschool programs, food pantries and others, which are already dealing with reductions in state and federal funding, will be further stressed. In times like this, philanthropy can shine.

What projects are NOT eligible for funding?

The fund’s resources are directed to 501c3 organizations serving high need, vulnerable populations in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills, including low-income individuals and residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days; immigrants; persons with disabilities; and communities of color, among others.  The Fund’s primary purpose is to minimize the social and economic consequences of this global pandemic and to prevent the widening of inequities and opportunity gaps in education, employment, housing, and health. At this time, we do not have the capacity to provide general operating support to nonprofit organizations that have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

The Fund will consider requests from community-based organizations serving residents of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills, which includes the following towns: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.

Is there a fee to contribute?

Donors contributing online will be given the option of adding 3% per transaction to cover credit card processing fees charged to the Fund by our payment processor. Connecticut Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Waterbury will not charge an administrative fee on funds raised.

How will the Fund shift gears if needed?

At this time, the Fund will continue to make grants that address immediate community needs. As we are dealing with unprecedented and unpredictable short and long-term implications of COVID-19 on our communities and neighbors, we will frequently review the Fund’s criteria for grantmaking to ensure we are responsive to the changing needs of our communities https://conncf.org/covid-19-recovery-resilience

For more information, please contact:
Derek Santiago, Program Assistant,
dsantiago@conncf.org | 203.753.1315