COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is actively working with our network of generous partners around our four-county region to raise resources and get help to nonprofits and vulnerable neighbors during this outbreak.

Information for Donors 

Grants for Nonprofits

Grants for Individuals

Resources for Nonprofits

Spotlight: BTCF's May Update  

 

Information for Donors

In this time of crisis, the need is immense. Every dollar of your donation will go directly to nonprofit organizations working closely with communities feeling the greatest immediate impact from the coronavirus outbreak.

If you would like to make a gift using appreciated securities, your IRA required distribution or other vehicles, please email Kara Mikulich.

MAKE A GIFT IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County

In March, a coalition of philanthropy and business partners joined together to launch the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County to rapidly deploy resources to 501c3 organizations on the frontlines working with communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

Throughout the county, nonprofits have stepped up to assist residents with food, shelter, health and mental health services, and other critical support. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County has already awarded 121 grants totaling nearly $2 million to 97 organizations responding to these basic needs.

As of mid-June, the fund has paused its grantmaking in order for our organizations – Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest – to assess the longer-term needs related to the pandemic. In the meantime, donations continue to be accepted and are greatly appreciated.

We will continue to monitor emerging needs from our partners throughout Berkshire County. As our community continues to navigate the outbreak and response, we must turn to recovery. While we cannot predict exactly when that will be, we are focusing on building stability for vulnerable residents and the nonprofits that serve them beyond this initial crisis.

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Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund makes emergency grants for medical, food, utility and other critical baseline services for people in crisis around our region. These are flexible resources directed by trusted providers where they are needed most in the face of the current emergency.

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MAKE A GIFT IN COLUMBIA COUNTY

Emergency Response Fund

Berkshire Taconic has launched the Columbia County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with individuals and families who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The fund is currently prioritizing human services and community-based organizations with experience helping individuals and families stabilize their lives in times of crisis.

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Business Continuity Fund

Berkshire Taconic and Columbia Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Berkshire Taconic’s Fund for Columbia County and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, have launched the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund to provide cash grants to small businesses operating in communities impacted by the economic consequences of the coronavirus. The fund will support small businesses with 1) fewer than 10 employees and 2) less than $1 million in annual revenue that are open to the public and are reliant on foot traffic for customers. One hundred percent of gifts will go to the fund.

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MAKE A GIFT IN NORTHEAST DUTCHESS COUNTY

Our Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund makes emergency grants for medical, food, utility and other critical baseline services for people in crisis around our region. These are flexible resources directed by trusted providers where they are needed most in the face of the current emergency. Berkshire Taconic and the Northeast Dutchess Fund are currently working with nonprofit partners Dutchess County Community Action Partnership, Grace Immigrant Outreach and the North East Community Center as they provide aid to individuals and families in northeast Dutchess County.

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MAKE A GIFT IN NORTHWEST LITCHFIELD COUNTY

Berkshire Taconic and its Northwest Corner Fund have launched the Northwest Corner COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofit organizations and trusted social service providers working with residents who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Half of the funds raised will go directly to Berkshire Taconic’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund, which makes emergency grants for medical and heating bills, food and other critical needs for individuals in crisis in our community. The other half of the funds will be used in partnership with the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation to award grants to frontline organizations providing services in the Northwest Corner's nine towns during this pandemic. All donations will go directly to emergency relief for residents of the Northwest Corner.

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GRANTS FOR NONPROFITS

We are providing flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in our region that work with communities who are impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

Berkshire County

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County has paused its grantmaking in order for our organizations – Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest – to assess the longer-term needs related to the pandemic.

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. The fund works in concert with regional community foundations and nonprofit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced. Grants to the following organizations were made possible by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund:

  • Berkshire Community College Foundation
  • Berkshire Immigrant Center
  • Berkshires Tomorrow Inc.
  • Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
  • Community Health Programs
  • Construct 
  • Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • The Brien Center
  • Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires

 

Columbia County

Emergency Response Fund

Our Columbia County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will provide grants to human services and community-based organizations with experience helping individuals and families in Columbia County stabilize their lives in times of crisis.

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Business Continuity Fund

Berkshire Taconic and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation awarded grants to local businesses through the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund. This joint effort with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Hudson Business Coalition was launched to raise new resources in support of small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Lael Locke, a longtime resident of Chatham, has generously donated $15,000 to the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund to support a grant cycle benefitting small businesses in the village of Chatham. Grants of up to $1,000 will be made available to provide interim relief to distressed Chatham businesses by providing operating funds that can defray the costs related to operating or reopening, including implementation of required safety measures, rent, utilities, taxes, insurance, supplies, inventory, and marketing-related expenses.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, subject to availability of funding

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Northeast Dutchess County

The Northeast Dutchess Fund regularly supports nonprofits that provide services to residents of northeast Dutchess County. The fund's committee acknowledges that nonprofits are facing unique challenges during this pandemic and will consider applications for critical needs of organizations in this grant cycle. The application process closed on May 1.

 

Northwest Litchfield County

Berkshire Taconic, in partnership with the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, is offering competitive COVID-19 relief grants to help nonprofits in the nine towns of the Northwest Corner deal with the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Support is available for operating expenses; programs that can operate remotely to comply with current physical distancing restrictions, and technology/equipment needed to facilitate remote work for employees or to serve clients remotely; and other COVID-19 related needs. Construction/renovation projects may be considered in very limited circumstances (e.g., creating isolation or quarantine spaces). The process closed on May 15.

Berkshire Taconic, in partnership with the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, awarded rapid response grants to 20 frontline nonprofit organizations providing services in the nine towns of the Northwest Corner during this pandemic.

 

 

Response and Recovery Resources

We have gathered local and national resources that nonprofits may find helpful during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Grants for Individuals

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund makes emergency grants for health services, food, utilities, short-term housing costs and other critical needs for residents in crisis around our region. These resources are available for individuals and families experiencing sudden economic distress due to the coronavirus pandemic. Residents are encouraged to contact social service agencies to submit an application on their behalf.

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