POUGHKEEPSIE – Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has distributed $1 million in grants to support local responses to COVID-19. That represents one-third of the foundations’ regular annual grantmaking.
Most of the grants were for immediate needs including shoring up feeding programs, emergency housing, and increasing access to medical and mental health services.
The three main avenues for grantmaking have distributed funds in each of the organization’s service areas through Dutchess Responds, the Putnam COVID-19 Response Fund, and Project Resilience in Ulster County.
“Each of these charitable giving vehicles is making a tangible difference, and we are grateful to the outpouring of support from our community,” said Cristin McPeake, vice president of programs at Community Foundations. “The sense of unity is palpable, even as many are isolated for various reasons. The motivation to help others is a distinguishing feature of the Hudson Valley, and the Community Foundations is proud to facilitate regional philanthropy.”