Here’s what to know about the new Boston Resiliency Fund
The fund will offer grants to nonprofit organizations at the forefront of supporting families through the coronavirus outbreak.
The City of Boston recently launched a new effort aiming to coordinate funds for families, seniors, first responders, and critical care providers who are most impacted by the new coronavirus outbreak.
Mayor Marty Walsh, who announced the Boston Resiliency Fund during a press conference on Monday, said it will be used to provide food for children and seniors, support for first responders, and technology for Boston Public School students now learning from home.
“In the face of big challenges, our city shows its true colors,” Walsh said in a statement. “We’ve been seeing incredible acts of kindness and generosity and the Boston Resiliency Fund is a perfect example of that.”
For now, he said the fund is primarily focused on addressing the basics, but will evolve as the needs of Boston residents change over the course of the pandemic.
The fund is only able to make grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, or organizations with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.
Grant decisions, which will be announced on a rolling basis beginning within the next few weeks, will be awarded to nonprofits providing immediate support and relief to Boston residents.
Walsh said the fund was launched with support from private parties like the Vertex Foundation, Partners HealthCare, Jack Connors, Liberty Mutual, John Hancock, and others that have collectively raised nearly $10 million.
“The Vertex Foundation is honored to support this important initiative, which will help provide local families with much-needed resources during this time of uncertainty and hardship,” Vertex Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey Leiden said. “We are proud to be a part of a community that has come together to make sure that families in need have somewhere to turn.”
Anyone can make a donation to the fund by filling out a form posted on the city’s website.
Nonprofits hoping to be considered for a grant can fill out this interest form, as listed on the website.
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