An Important Update: Our Response to COVID-19

Keeping Our Community Healthy, Safe and Informed

TO OUR COMMUNITY:
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is top of mind for all of us and the health and safety of our partners, staff, and neighbors is always our top priority. As your local Community Foundation, we want to share with you what we’re doing, the status of our events and meetings, and how you can help. Above all, please take all necessary precautions to ensure you, your family and neighbors are well. Health officials recommend social distancing as a course of action to combat the spread of the virus.

On this advice, Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) is notifying our community that we are taking the following steps in regards to COVID-19. These actions will be in place until at least May 20th and may be extended as circumstances dictate. 

MSCF WILL NOT HOLD EVENTS OR HOST EXTERNAL/COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN PERSON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THEREFORE:

  • The Women & Girls' Fund Annual Wonder of Women (WOW) Event, scheduled for April 21st has been cancelled. We will contact attendees who have already purchased seats as well as sponsors. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available at www.mainstreetfoundation.org.
  • When possible and desirable, meetings will be held virtually; you will hear from MSCF staff about these arrangements. This includes both Scholarship and Distribution committee meetings.
  • Access to our office in Bristol is prohibited by all outside guests.
The MSCF staff are either working remotely or on staggering work schedules for essential duties. You may dial our main number, 860.583.6363, leave a message for a staff member and your call will be returned within one business day or you may reach a staff member by email – see directory here www.mainstreetfoundation.org/staff.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

MSCF has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to help our local communities mobilize the necessary resources to support the current emerging needs in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. Visit www.mainstreetfoundation.org/covid19-fund to donate now or learn more about the fund. We will be collaborating with our funding partners to determine and respond to priorities in our local communities.
 
We also encourage you to support local nonprofit organizations that work with individuals and families who are most vulnerable in our community. Community based organizations, homeless shelters, pre-school and after-school 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 truly make a difference. If you are a donor advised fund holder or donor interested in specific recommendations for nonprofit organizations in need due to COVID-19, please contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at kate@mainstreetfoundation.org.

GRANTMAKING 2020

Main Street Community Foundation has joined hundreds of foundations throughout the country pledging our commitment to more flexible funding to help grantee partners meet emerging needs prompted by the COVID-19 crisis. In partnership with the Council on Foundations, it is a call to action everywhere to address the unanticipated effects of this global crisis as its social and economic implications unfold so grantees can move quickly to serve the communities most impacted.

Applications received for our General Grant Cycle will be considered but please be aware that our grantmaking priorities may be affected by this unprecedented event.

Nonprofit organizations in our six-town service area with grant inquiries for the COVID-19 Response Fund can contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at kate@mainstreetfoundation.org. Phase 1 - We are currently providing rapid response grants in support of nonprofit organizations on the front lines providing basic needs to local residents. When we move to Phase 2, our grant efforts will focus on the operating needs of our local nonprofits in collaboration with other funders.

Click HERE to see a list of all COVID-19 related grants made to date.

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE

The Foundation encourages our staff, donors, nonprofits and all members of our community to stay informed about COVID-19 and to practice safe habits. The CDC website is a good resource for both. You may also call 2-1-1, text "CTCOVID" to 898211 or visit the State's coronavirus information website at www.ct.gov/coronavirus.
 

Thank you for your patience. We will provide additional updates and recommendations as necessary in the coming days and weeks via email, our website (www.mainstreetfoundation.org), and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

 

Now is the time to come together as a community. Main Street Community Foundation is committed to collaborating with institutions across our region to ease the impact on residents and stand as a reassuring force in the community.

*Updated 4/14/2020