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November 23, 2020
Six Boston Nonprofits Get $360K for Pandemic Relief Programs

November 3, 2020 —The City of Boston yesterday announced it distributed $360,000 to six nonprofit organizations that are working to increase access to food and coronavirus testing, provide hygiene products and cleaning supplies, and offer remote learning support to children and parents across the city who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Collaborating with community partners and nonprofits has been fundamental to providing supports to residents as part of our response and recovery from COVID-19," said Mayor Martin Walsh. "I want to thank every organization who has been involved in our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents have the resources they need. When we work together, we are able to help more residents get the vital help they need."

Receiving grants from the Boston Resiliency Fund were the following:

  • Asian American Civic Association will use the funds to continue serving disabled and elderly residents, as well as households that have experienced job loss due to the pandemic by providing local supermarket gift cards, transportation assistance, and support for childcare expenses for families.

  • Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston will use funds to provide supports to groups of churches and ministries, supporting ongoing efforts, helping expand food distribution, hand delivering necessary resources to seniors and other abled people who are housebound during the pandemic.

  • Catholic Charitable Bureau of Boston will use funding to support the expanded demand and continue to serve approximately 4,000 people each week at their two Boston pantries, and support the Teen Center at St. Peter's and its community partners to provide bags of food for an additional 200 households each week.

  • Charlestown Mothers Association will use this grant to create family support kits for residents in need, providing grocery store gift cards, health essentials, and activities to engage small children while staying safe at home.

  • Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corporation will work with nonprofit organizations and churches in the greater Grove Hall area who need support to clean their spaces.

  • Prince Hall Grand Lodge will use funds to support increased COVID-19 testing in the Grove Hall neighborhood to two days a week to increase testing in communities of color, and support remote learning to ensure students and their parents receive technical and holistic educational support as needed.

The city said that since March, the Boston Resiliency Fund has raised $33,300,000 and distributed $28,700,000 to 353 local nonprofit organizations in Boston – 54% led by a person of color, 56% led by women, and 27% serving immigrants.

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