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April 9, 2020

Hartford Foundation awards $1M for COVID-19 relief

Photo | Contributed Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving says it’s awarded more than $1 million in grants to nonprofits and municipalities in Greater Hartford that provide “basic human needs” to residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

The contributions represent the first round of grants from the foundation’s new COVID-19 Relief Fund. Officials on Wednesday said the fund has already been seeded with more than $1.1 million in donations since its launch last month.

The relief fund is designed to rapidly release funds to community-based organizations responding to the medical and economic issues arising from the coronavirus outbreak in Greater Hartford.

"The foundation created the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide both short- and long-term support, as our community and residents deal with the fallout from the pandemic," said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams.

The foundation, which supports Hartford and 28 nearby communities, awarded the three largest grants of $150,000 each to Foodshare, a nonprofit regional food bank that serves Hartford and Tolland counties; Hartford’s Community Renewal Team, to increase cleaning at its assisted living facility and to help maintain its food delivery services; and for Hockanum Valley Community Council Inc. to maintain transportation, meal delivery and telemedicine services for seniors and disabled residents.

Hartford nonprofit Harc Inc. also received $125,000 to continue services that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Other grant recipients include: The ARC of the Farmington Valley Inc., Chrysalis Center, Forge City Works and Hartford Community Loan Fund ($75,000); The Open Hearth Operating Association ($70,000); the Urban League of Greater Hartford ($55,000); Andover, Hebron, Marlborough Youth Services ($25,000); the town of Windsor Locks ($20,000); and New Horizons Inc. ($16,205).

In 2019, the foundation gifted more than $36.8 million in grants to the region’s nonprofit and educational institutions.

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