Massachusetts
COVID-19 Relief Fund

Massachusetts is our home. We need your help to keep our people well and safe.

COVID-19 is taking a toll on Massachusetts communities, especially on the most vulnerable populations and the heroic essential workers on the front lines. The needs are pronounced and are felt across many cities and towns. The healthcare system is under duress, families are struggling to get by, businesses are shuttered and resources are limited. So many have reached out to help knowing our fellow residents and neighbors need help more than ever.

Questions about the Fund? Reach out: info@MACovid19ReliefFund.org #MACovid19Relief

Donations will be accepted through July 13, 2020.

First Lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker

"These are unprecedented and uncertain times, and the people of Massachusetts are struggling. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund will help us connect those who are most acutely impacted by the response to COVID-19 with the resources and services they need to get through this difficult time and stay safe, healthy, and supported." First Lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker

Communities across Massachusetts are in need of critical supports

  • Lawrence and Lowell (together, population of 190K and per capita income below $24K)
  • Bristol county (population 565K and per capita income of $34K)
  • Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and Malden (together, population of 202K and per capita income below $31K)
  • Worcester county (population of 831K and per capita income of $36K)
  • Boston (population of 670K and per capita income of $42K)
  • Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties (together, population 828K and per capita income below $35K)

* Source: Social Explorer: US Census 2018 American Community Survey (ACS)

About the Fund

$31 million raised and $22.9 million awarded to date.

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food insecurity. Launched by First Lady Lauren Baker and the One8 Foundation along with the support of generous donors, Eastern Bank, the Foundation for Business Equity, and The Boston Foundation, the Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and non-profit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced.

WHO THE FUND WILL SUPPORT

  • People who are food insecure
  • Frontline healthcare professionals, first responders, and other essential workers
  • Working families and households disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19
  • Immigrant populations
  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless populations

GRANTS AWARDED TO DATE

  • $12 million to support vulnerable populations including frontline essential workers, immigrants, and those with disabilities
  • $8.3 million to address food insecurity
  • $2.6 million to address homelessness

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • 100% of all donations will serve people and families most in need
  • The Fund will work in partnership with community foundations and local non-profit organizations providing critical, essential services in local communities throughout Massachusetts
  • Get dollars out quickly and with transparency
  • Monitor progress and provide updates on needs
  • Continue to provide support throughout the crisis
  • All donations are unrestricted

While we are focused on critical services and basic needs, we recognize this crisis is evolving quickly. We will work with our local community partners to continually assess needs.

FUND CRITERIA

Grant decisions will be made by Fund leadership based on criteria outlined below. We know the need will outweigh available resources, but we will strive to meet the most pressing needs across the State using these criteria as a guide for selecting grant recipients.

  • Demonstrated ability to act quickly to support non-profit organizations serving vulnerable residents, healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential service providers
  • Well informed by collaborative regional and local partnerships to identify non-profilts with the ability to serve those in need.
  • Local partners and grantees have the ability to sustain services over the coming months
  • Ability to monitor progress to inform needs
  • Ability to provide data on how exactly the funds are used
  • Non-profit partners must be 501(c)(3) organizations to receive funding
For more information, please read our press release.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline to donate to the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund?

On July 13, 2020 the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund will stop accepting donations. After July 13th, please consider donating directly to the community foundations and food banks supported by the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund.

I would like to make a large gift. Who should I contact?

Thank you in advance for your contribution. A MA COVID-19 Relief Fund donor advised fund has been established at The Boston Foundation to support this statewide fund. Please contact Jonathan Raymond at info@macovid19relieffund.org for wire instructions.

Can I target my donation to a certain impact area?

Given the importance of moving quickly and the commitment to distribute dollars to the greatest need. All gifts will be unrestricted.

Who is eligible to receive funds from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund?

The Fund’s Executive Director will work with regional community foundations, statewide leaders and large nonprofits to vet needs and identify the most capable service providers. Grants will be made only to 501(c)(3) organizations.

What are the priorities of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund?

Donations to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund will support high-quality Massachusetts nonprofits that serve those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, with an emphasis on essential worker resources (including healthcare workers), individuals with disabilities, immigrants, food insecurity, and homelessness.

Who is the Fiscal Sponsor for this fund?

Eastern Bank is administering the fund. The Foundation for Business Equity is acting as Fiscal Sponsor for individuals who will give by credit or debit card or by check. The Boston Foundation is also acting as a Fiscal Sponsor and has created a donor advised fund for donations by foundations and through donor advised funds.

Who makes grant decisions?

Grant decisions are made by an advisory council made up of a diverse group of professionals who represent the regions across the state.

I work for a 501(c)(3) organization supporting those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Can I apply to benefit from this Fund?

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund is working with nonprofits and community foundations across the state to meet the greatest need. We are not accepting inbound grant applications. If you are an organization in need of assistance, please reach out to your local community foundation.

I am in individual impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Where can I seek assistance?

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund is directing funds to established community foundations and nonprofits already working with individuals and families across Massachusetts. If you are an individual or family in need, please visit mass211.org.

I have other questions. Who can I ask?

Please reach out to info@macovid19relieffund.org with any additional questions.

Founding Contributors

One8 Foundation
Abrams Foundation
Advent International
Bank of America
The Baupost Group
Charlesbank Capital Partners
Chris and Lisa Collins
David and Marion Mussafer
Eastern Bank
The Edgerley Family Foundation
Ernie Boch, Jr.
The Frieze Family Foundation
Joshua and Anita Bekenstein Charitable Fund
Klarman Family Foundation
Liz and Phill Gross
Lynch Family Foundation
Mannion Family Foundation
Maurice and Luly Samuels
MFN Partners
Michael and Jill Stansky Family Foundation
Mickey and Bob Atchinson
The Mittelman Family
Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
Rob and Karen Hale
Stephanie and Brian Spector
TJX
William Helman

Leading Contributors

Abrams Capital
Amazon
Ameresco, Inc.
Ansin Foundation
Barbara and Ed Shapiro
Berkshire Partners LLC
Biogen Foundation
Bill and Kelly Kaiser
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation and the Boston Bruins
Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and the Boston Celtics
Bridgitt and Bruce Evans
Candice and Howard Wolk/Wolk Family Endowment for Individuals and Families in Distress at CJP
Carl Martignetti
Cisco
Cummings Foundation
Jennifer and Seth Stier
Jeremy & Kerry Sclar Family Fund
Joe and Lauren Mazella
Lisa and Tom Blumenthal
Mark and Donna Leventhal
Nina and David Fialkow
The Milford Street Fund
Paul and Ann Sagan
Pfizer
Randi and Joel Cutler
Red Sox Foundation
Reynolds Family Foundation
Shippy Foundation
Sperling Family Charitable Foundation
State Street
Steward Health Care
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Will and Amy Danoff
The Winn Family and the Curtis Family

Critical Supporters

Eastern Bank

In addition to its founding contribution to the Fund, Eastern Bank has provided its services at no cost to the Fund. The Foundation for Business Equity, a 501(c)(3), is serving as one of the fiscal sponsors for this initiative.

The Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation is a public charity and is also a fiscal sponsor for this initiative. They are providing their services at no cost to the Fund.