COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Economic Services & Development Immigrant Services Addiction & Substance Abuse Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Health Care Access & Delivery Basic Human Needs Senior Services Show all

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Massachusetts: Franklin County, Hampden County, Hampshire County

Location of residency: Counties in Massachusetts: Franklin County, Hampden County, Hampshire County

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NOTE:  We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with our partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and most impacted by inequity. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. However we do want to know how the crisis is affecting your organization and the constituencies you serve. Please share this information with us here.

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley will provide flexible resources to organizations that are working with communities at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the virus and most impacted by inequity.

Initial Focus:

In the near-term, the fund will make one-time operating grants to support frontline organizations with deep roots within priority populations. These populations include:

  • Vulnerable seniors
  • People without stable housing
  • Families and individuals who are food insecure
  • Residents who have limited English proficiency
  • Individuals with health vulnerabilities, including those with compromised immune systems, mental health disorders and/or who are struggling with addiction

The first phase of these rapid-response grants will provide flexible support to organizations:

  • Responding to increased demand for basic needs and health support
  • Providing outreach to vulnerable populations
  • Addressing fear and confusion about the outbreak among the region’s most vulnerable residents
  • Addressing immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process, at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. Grants will be posted here as they are awarded.

To learn more, please check out the FAQ, which answers many common questions we are hearing from the community.

Grant Priorities

We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address the both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. 

We are doing this with a recognition that many Valley nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. 

We also know that there are many organizations that are located outside of the region. However, immediate priority will be non-profits that both are located in and serve the Pioneer Valley.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley will prioritize community-based organizations located in and serving the Pioneer Valley region, which includes Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
  • Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. 
  • While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. 


  • During this phase, we are not yet able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services.
  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.