COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world as we know it. Schools shut down. Businesses shuttered. Events cancelled.

Yet people still have basic needs that need to be met - food, water, clothing, shelter. Unfortunately, people are finding that many of these basic needs are more difficult to fulfill due to job losses and the severe economic downturn.

And where do people turn in their time of need? Nonprofits. Our local nonprofit community is seeing a drastic increase in need, while at the same time experiencing a drastic decrease in donations and funding.

This is where Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) stepped in. We established the COVID-19 Response Fund in March. This Fund as well as other funds at MSCF are being used to help our local communities mobilize the necessary resources to support the current emerging needs in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. If you can help, please go to www.mainstreetfoundation.org/covid19-fund to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund.

With the funds at MSCF, the Community Foundation is rapidly deploying flexible resources to help in areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak. MSCF is working in partnership with town governments and other funders to ensure all funds have maximum reach and effectiveness.

Below is a list of all grants made by MSCF through May 29, 2020 in response to local needs:

Total Grants Awarded to Support COVID-19 Response and Recovery Efforts - $97,230

Rapid Response Grants totaling $9,500 have supported the following nonprofits meeting basic needs of local residents:

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol
Bread for Life
Brian’s Angels
Friends of Southington Community Services
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center
LISA, Inc. (Living in Safe Alternatives)
Oak Hill
Prudence Crandall Center, Inc.
Tabernacle Christian Church - Giving Back Food Program
The Agape House
The Salvation Army
Thy Eagle's Nest
Town of Plainville Animal Control
Town of Plymouth Human Services
Veteran's Strong Community Center

Wolcott Resource Center – Food Pantry

Other COVID-19 Related Responsive Grants - $86,380

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $25,000
General operating support due to temporary closure as a result of COVID-19
Tim and Mary Walsh Charitable Fund

Bristol Hospital Foundation - $5,000
To support COVID-19 response efforts and support of the new molecular testing equipment
COVID-19 Response Fund

For Goodness Sake - $6,500
General operating support due to temporary closure as a result of COVID-19
COVID-19 Response Fund

Plainville Community Food Pantry - $4,000
General support for staffing costs and the purchase of food and supplies
Plainville Community Fund

Plainville Social Services- $1,000
To purchase gift cards to provide food and daily essential items to Plainville residents in need due to COVID-19
Plainville Community Fund

The Hospital of Central Connecticut - $5,000
Hartford HealthCare Face Shield Project with OKAY Industries for the protection of hospital workers and first responders in the Southington Community in response to COVID-19
Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs - $25,052
Emergency Childcare Services for medical staff and first responders in response to COVID-19
Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs - $14,328
Continued Support for Emergency Childcare Services for medical staff and first responders in response to COVID-19
Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust

Town of Plainville Animal Control - $500
Purchase supplies for the newly established Pet Food Pantry to assist pet owners in financial need due to COVID-19
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Immediate Response COVID-19 Related Grants totaling $1,350 have been awarded from the following funds:

Bristol Board of Education Immediate Response Fund
Main Street Children’s Fund
The Werner Family Fund
Women & Girls’ Immediate Response Fund