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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Additional $5 Million to Community Foundations for Immediate COVID-19 Relief

Funds can be used for food security, housing and utilities support, emergency childcare and transportation
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  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Additional $5 Million to Community Foundations for Immediate COVID-19 Relief

Michael Verseckes, Director of Media and Public Relations

BOSTONToday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced an additional $5 million in immediate relief and support to individuals and households experiencing severe economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds, awarded to 14 organizations through the Community Foundations Grant Program for COVID-19 Relief, can be used for vital services such as food security, housing and utilities support, emergency childcare and transportation, and other unmet needs of the community. 
“These grants are key to sustaining our support for families that have continued to experience harmful consequences caused by the pandemic including food insecurity, housing instability, or a lack of childcare,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.  “Thanks to our continued partnership with the Legislature and with appreciation to the statewide network of organizations for their willingness to help, we can ensure families facing these challenges can access these important resources.”  
“We are excited to continue this important partnership with these community foundations, which play a key role in addressing critical unmet needs faced by families who have been the most at risk throughout the pandemic,” said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox.  “With this additional funding, we can ensure that the Community Foundations Grant Program for COVID-19 Relief remains an important part of our portfolio of programs to help combat the pandemic, keep families in stable housing, and offer access to healthy food for those who have the greatest need.”  
In November 2020, the Administration announced the initial round of grants, awarding $10 million to the existing network of 14 partners receiving funds today. The latest round of awards continue the state’s efforts to support the individuals and families who have been hit especially hard during the pandemic, and continue to advance the Administration’s plans to stabilize and grow the Massachusetts economy. These grants to community organizations range from $200,000 to over $790,000. Each foundation will re-grant program funds to local or regional community-based organizations that have the capacity to efficiently provide immediate relief and support for individuals and families. 
The Fiscal Year 2021 budget appropriated the $5 million in funds to eligible Community Foundations for immediate COVID-19-related needs. The Community Foundations Grant Program is allocating those funds to eligible Community Foundations for immediate COVID-19-related needs. The amount of funds allocated to each Community Foundation was determined by a need-based formula, and each foundation must report on certain required metrics, including number of households served. The program is administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

“Long after this pandemic has passed, the actions that we take today in support of vital areas like food security, childcare and housing, will continue to matter,” said Senate President Karen Spilka. “These funds, awarded to groups with local expertise, are targeted to where they can have the most direct and lasting impact. The Senate will continue to work with our partners across state government to prioritize our response to the pandemic and its effects on the lives of all residents of the Commonwealth.”

“The Massachusetts House has been proud to support the organizations that look out for the neediest among us and contribute to the fabric of our society,” said Speaker of the House Ronald J. Mariano. “These grants, combined with the positive and significant step the Legislature took yesterday to provide additional protections to our workers, as well as relief to small businesses, will help set the Commonwealth on a path towards economic recovery.”
These Community Foundation grants complement other work by the Baker-Polito Administration to support families in need.  In May 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration created a new Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program as part of a $56 million investment to combat urgent food insecurity for some Massachusetts families and individuals as a result of COVID-19. The Administration has now awarded over $35 million in grants, ensuring that Massachusetts’ farmers, fishermen and other local food producers are better connected to a strong, resilient food system to help mitigate future food supply and distribution disruption.

Community Foundation 

Municipalities Served by the Grant 

Use of the Funds  

$ Amount 

The Boston Foundation 

Boston, Braintree, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Weymouth 

Housing support, utilities, food security, technology needs for remote work/school, transportation 

 $         790,474 

Essex County Community Foundation  

Beverly, Gloucester, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynn, Methuen, Peabody, Salem 

Housing support, utilities, food security, technology needs for remote school/work 

 $        571,194 

SouthCoast Community Foundation 

Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton 

Food security, transportation, mental health needs, housing support, utilities, transportation, health support, emergency childcare, technology needs for remote work/school, emergency childcare, basic needs    

 $         541,563 

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts 

Agawam, Amherst, Ashfield, Belchertown, Bernardston, Blandford, Brimfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Erving, Gill, Goshen, Granby, Granville, Greenfield, Hadley, Hampden, Hatfield, Hawley, Heath, Holland, Holyoke, Huntington, Leverett, Leyden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Middlefield, Monroe, Monson, Montague, Montgomery, New Salem, Northampton, Northfield, Orange, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Russell, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Southwick, Springfield, Sunderland, Tolland, Wales, Ware, Warwick, Wendell, West Springfield, Westfield, Westhampton, Whately, Wilbraham, Williamsburg, Worthington 

Housing support, food security, utilities, emergency childcare, utilities, basic needs, emergency childcare, transportation 

 $           423,035 

Greater Worcester Community Foundation 

Auburn, Berlin, Blackstone, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Hopedale, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Worcester 

Housing support, utilities, emergency food, transportation, technology needs for remote education and work, emergency childcare 

$           418,994 

Greater Lowell Community Foundation  


Emergency food, housing support, medical interpretation, educational program support, youth program support 

$           388,057 

Foundation for MetroWest  

Dedham, Framingham, Marlborough, Milford, Waltham 

Emergency food support, basic hygiene essentials, mental health support, rental and utility assistance, emergency cash support for COVID positive immigrants, emergency childcare, educational support   

 $          348,961  

Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts  

Athol, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Orange 

Housing support, utilities, essential to respond to barriers to work/school, food security, domestic violence services  

 $           317,723 

The Cape Cod Foundation 

Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth 

Housing support, utilities, transportation, emergency childcare, medical expenses, food security 

$           200,000 

Cambridge Community Foundation 

Cambridge, Medford, Somerville 

Emergency childcare, food security, technology needs for remote school/work, transportation, housing support, utilities, mental health support, transportation for elderly/disabled, health support services 

 $           200,000 

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation  

Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, Windsor 

Food security, hygiene supplies, support to buy medications, housing support, utilities 

$           200,000 

Community Foundation for Nantucket  


Food security, housing support, fuel assistance, medical support, transportation, utilities, phone and internet service 

$           200,000 

Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard 

Chilmark, Edgartown, Aquinnah, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury 

Housing support, food security, utilities, technology needs, emergency childcare, transportation  

 $         200,000   

Watertown Community Foundation  


Housing support, food security, medication support, family and youth mental health needs, scholarships for youth day programs, nutritional support for seniors isolated due to COVID, technology support for ELL students, support for supplemental food programs for before and after school 

 $          200,000 



Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Additional $5 Million to Community Foundations for Immediate COVID-19 Relief

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development promotes vibrant communities, growing businesses, and a strong middle class.

Housing and Community Development 

DHCD oversees funding and resources to help people in Massachusetts live affordably and safely.

Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito