Regional Organizations Awarded more than $50,000 in Second Round of Grants from Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

The Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund provides flexible resources to organizations throughout the Valley that serve the Valley region, especially to those who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

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May 1, 2020 – DERBY, CT – Representatives from Valley Community Foundation, Valley United Way, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Council of Health & Human Services are pleased to announce that grants totaling $50,900 have been distributed to 12 organizations in the second round of funding from the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. 

These grants include funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) and operational support for telehealth, virtual wellness, and remote access programming for organizations whose staff is working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants awarded are made possible thanks to those who continue to generously support this Fund. 

Within six weeks, the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has received more than $210,000 in contributions. The Fund will be assisting a range of organizations serving the Valley throughout both the response and recovery phases of this pandemic. This round of grants follows more than $75,000 in COVID-19-related support that was awarded to area organizations on April 24th. Details for the next round of grant applications will be announced shortly.

Donald Smith, Jr., Valley Community Foundation Board Chair, said, “As a testament to the Valley’s enduring spirit in light of this pandemic, the VCF Board of Directors has increased its support of the Valley Community COVID-19 Fund, to $50,000 since the Fund’s inception. The contributions by VCF, businesses, VCF donor advised fund holders, individual donors, and other organizations are what make these grants possible. The need is great and additional donations are still urgently needed.” 

Bill Purcell, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President, said, “These worthy organizations and their employees represent the vanguard in the Valley's response to this crisis, and we are truly grateful for their extraordinary service. All of us at the Chamber are heartened by the outpouring of generous gifts, both large and small, that are making these critical grant awards possible.”

To support the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, visit www.valleyfoundation.org. Gifts via credit card are strongly preferred over checks to reduce processing time. Checks can however be made out to Valley Community Response and Recovery Fund and mailed to 253-A Elizabeth St., Derby, CT 06418.

A full list of grants that have been awarded from the COVID-19 Fund to date is available here.

The Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was created in response to COVID-19 by the Valley Community Foundation, Valley United Way, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Council for Health & Human Services. The Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations who support those in the Valley Region who are most significantly affected by the pandemic.

About The Valley Community Foundation

Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation distributes approximately $1.6 million in grants each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF), to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and receives funding from The Gates Fund and other preference funds at TCF that benefit the Valley. For more information, visit www.valleyfoundation.org.






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