Community Foundations offering new grant to non-profits

POUGHKEEPSIE – Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has unveiled the “Pivoting to Respond” grant program to support non-profits and others. Through the support of donors and an ongoing fundraising initiative, the funding will provide general operating support to nonprofits and communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its economic consequences. Organizations will have the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 grants.

“Since late March, the Community Foundations has invested more than $1.8 million in emergency grants to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 in our community,” said Cristin McPeake, Vice President of Programs at the Foundations. “With thanks to partners in the Dutchess County Government, Dyson Foundation, United Way of Putnam and Westchester, and United Way of Ulster County, we focused our initial rounds of support on emergency services. Now through partnerships with other grantmakers and our nonprofit colleagues, we are setting a priority on the long-term sustainability of agencies that serve historically marginalized groups, who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Pivoting to Respond Grants will provide unrestricted support to help maintain existing, effective programs.”

“Improving lives is not only our mission but our mandate,” said Sally Cross, President & CEO at the Foundations. “We are grateful for the trust and the generosity that neighbors have shown in supporting our emergency response funds in recent months. As the economic impacts of the pandemic continue to deepen and widen, we are committed to addressing these challenges. Through this new program, we will connect the goodwill of people who donate to the services that make life better in our region.”

The grant portal for applications is now open. Interested nonprofits and community groups can learn more and apply now through August 31.

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