Boston Grants $473K to Help 10 Nonprofits Respond to Pandemic

October 5, 2020 —The City of Boston last week announced it distributed $472,984 from the Boston Resiliency Fund to 10 nonprofit organizations that are working to increase access to food and other basic needs to people in the city impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Boston Resiliency Fund has been vital to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in partnership with our nonprofit organizations has been fundamental to bringing resources and support directly to Bostonians in need," said Mayor Martin Walsh.

Since launching the Boston Resiliency Fund in March, $33.2 million has been raised, and Mayor Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee has distributed $27.4 million to 351 organizations. Of the nonprofits to have received a grant, 54 percent are led by a person of color, 57 percent are women-led and 27 percent are immigrant-serving.

Receiving the funds were the following:

  • Breaktime will use the funding to increase their meal delivery capacity. Using this grant, Breaktime will distribute fresh produce and groceries to East Boston, Roxbury and Dorchester, and provide job opportunities to young Bostonians experiencing homelessness.

  • Boston BullPen Project will work with partner agencies to identify individuals/families in a crisis situation and they financially help prevent the crisis from worsening.

  • Cape Verdean Association of Boston will continue to distribute groceries, fruits and vegetables, and personal protective equipment to families and seniors in need.

  • Dress for Success Boston will use the funds to continue its Suiting Program virtually. Women who contact them for professional attire will be connected with a volunteer stylist via Zoom. Clothing will be paid for by Dress for Success Boston and shipped directly to the client.

  • Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts will continue to provide food, diapers, wipes, and cleaning supplies for families in need.

  • The Food Project will use the grant to continue to grow and distribute affordable, nutritious food to residents all over Boston during their harvest season.

  • Mujeres Unidas Avanzando will use the grant from to purchase grocery store gift cards to distribute to low-income families.

  • New England Baptist Hospital will use the funds to mitigate food insecurity by distributing prepared meals, grocery gift cards, and clothing to low-income families in Mission Hill and Roxbury, working with the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard, Maria Sanchez House and the Tobin Community Center.

  • Wilahmena's Place will use the grant to sustain efforts to provide nonperishables, fresh fruit and vegetables, toiletries, sanitizer, soap, cleaning supplies and gift cards to students, elders, and families in need, with a focus on the Grove Hall neighborhood.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston will use the funds to continue the operation of meal sites at 11 area YMCAs, in addition to delivering grocery bags to schools and other community-based locations.