COVID-19 Response Fund Awards Additional $2.4 Million

United We Respond: Support for Local Nonprofits.

Dozens of local nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis will receive a grant this week from the COVID-19 Response Fund created by United Way of Rhode Island and the RI Foundation. The second round of funding tops $2.4 million, for a total of $3.6 million in awards to date.

Among the organizations receiving funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund are the Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center, Clinica Esperanza, the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, the East Bay Community Action Program, Newport Mental Health and the Northern RI Food Pantry.

See the full list of COVID-19 Grantees

“As our state prepares for a coming surge in this crisis, these grants have the potential to save lives,” said United Way of Rhode Island President and CEO Cortney Nicolato. “I am grateful for every donor for their support and equally thankful for the resilient nonprofit employees who step up every single day to take care of our families and neighbors.”

United Way and the RI Foundation established the COVID-19 Response Fund on March 17 and have raised $5.8 million in contributions.

The grants ranged from $10,000 to $75,000. Many will help local nonprofits provide food, housing and health care to Rhode Islanders affected by the crisis. Additionally, funding was awarded for medical supplies as care providers face unprecedented challenges to maintain operations and deliver services to those most in need.

“There isn’t anyone in our community who hasn’t been touched by this crisis, and nonprofits are the boots on the ground for all of us. Seeing donors and service providers rise to this unprecedented and growing challenge is inspiring,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.

The fund will continue to award grants on a rolling basis.


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