COVID-19 Response

In partnership with local funders, the SouthCoast Community Foundation, has established the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. Read our COVID-19 Impact Report.

SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund

This Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations that are working with communities at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and most impacted by inequity.

Your gift to the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund will help our community get through this pandemic.

Over the last year, the Community Foundation has granted more than $5.4 million to nonprofits on the front lines of this pandemic from the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. To date, the Fund has raised $7.1 million from a wide range of corporate donors, foundations, and individuals, in response to the Community Foundation’s call to come together on behalf of our community.

To learn more, please check out our FAQ, which answers many common questions we are hearing from the community.

Application Inquiries About The Fund

Currently, we are no longer seeking applications for the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. We do encourage you to register with us to be notified of upcoming grant opportunities.

To date, the Fund has received many more requests than we could possibly support at this time. Given the overwhelming number of emails we are getting, we apologize in advance as we are not able to respond to each email. We will be in contact if we have any questions or need any additional information. We will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis going forward while focusing our efforts on continuing to fund-raise for the Fund. Please direct your inquiry to

Our COVID-19 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous donors: 

  • Margery Ahearn
  • Joel B. Alvord and Lisa Schmid Alvord
  • Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • America’s Charities
  • David Ames Jr.
  • Anonymous (19)
  • The Arnold Foundation
  • Jasmyn Baird
  • Michael Baldwin
  • Andrew and Melora Balson Family Fund
  • BankFive Foundation Fund
  • Janice Baptist
  • Blake Barbosa
  • Jonathan Barnet
  • Laura Barooshian on behalf of the Heckerling Dinner Group
  • Barr Foundation
  • The Barre
  • BayCoast Bank
  • BayCoast Mortgage
  • Denise Beach
  • Jean and Arthur Bennett
  • Dee Dee Bentley
  • R. William and Mary Jean Blasdale
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Linda and John Bodenmann
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Nancy and Jack Braitmayer
  • Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation
  • Jill Britton
  • Catherine Brown
  • Rebecca Brown
  • Nathan Buchanan
  • Irene and Norman Buck
  • Buckley Family Fund
  • Laurie and John Bullard
  • Law Office of Peter C. Bullard
  • Mass Charitable Society
  • Debbie Campbell
  • The Carney Family Charitable Foundation
  • Sean M. Gannon Memorial Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation
  • Julie Christiano
  • Cincotti Family Charitable Fund
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Dr. Paula A. Cordeiro
  • Jennifer Corey-Figlioli
  • Colleen C. and Chris Courtney
  • Victoria and David B. Croll
  • Carl J. Cruz
  • Janine V. da Silva
  • Amanda DeGrace
  • Kathryn V. Dinneen
  • Allan and Priscilla Ditchfield Fund
  • Michael and Heidi Dostoomian
  • Patricia Drogue
  • Elizabeth Dunphy
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Vijayan Ekanathan
  • Pamela and Ronald Ellis
  • Elaine Epstein
  • Eileen T. Farley
  • Will Feener
  • Kathleen and James Feeney
  • Linda and Peter Fenton
  • Kim and Joe Ferro
  • Ann Flather
  • John N. Garfield, Jr.
  • John and Natalie Garfield
  • Christopher George in Honor of Debby and Bruce Hanson
  • Steven and Kim Gladstone
  • The Glass Foundation
  • Buzz and Kim Goddard
  • Evelyn Goodhue
  • John and Anne Gorczyca
  • Rayana Grace
  • Joanne Gracia
  • Joseph and Beverly Gracia
  • Greater Fall River Development Corp.
  • Patricia and Thomas Grime
  • Harbor One
  • Helena and Ken Hartnett
  • Adrianna Heard
  • Kimberly and Mark Heard
  • Taylor E. Hendel
  • Ellen Hertzmark Revocable Trust
  • Brian and Robin Hicks
  • Barbara and Amos Hostetter
  • Howland Fund for Aged Women
  • Jennifer Illuzzi
  • Island Foundation
  • Jayne Rebello Korn and John F. Korn Fund
  • Ben Jones
  • The Karina Foundation
  • Stephanie Keane
  • Celeste Keen
  • John D. Kelleher and Viki Fowler
  • Julianne and James Kelly
  • Linda R. Killion
  • Seth and Beth Klarman Fund
  • Markus and Kelsey Kolic
  • Holly Koster
  • Rebecca Kurie
  • Nancy Kurtz
  • L. Knife & Son, Inc.
  • Kate and Joe Larisa
  • Anne Layton
  • Craig Lindell and Linda Garnett
  • Cathy and Gary Lorkiewicz
  • Ludes Family Foundation
  • Erik Lundgren
  • The Kerry Lynch and Dean Slocum Charitable Fund
  • Elizabeth MacKenzie
  • The Kate Mahoney Fund
  • The Maurice and Anne Makepeace Family Foundation
  • Harvey Malin
  • Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable
  • Foundation Inc.
  • David and Kim McCabe
  • Elaine Dors and Jeffrey C. McHarg
  • Ann McKeown
  • Mary Anne McQuillan
  • Mrs. Julianne Abbott Medeiros
  • Lena Melendez
  • Robert Mermell
  • Brian and Elizabeth Merrick
  • Seth Meyer
  • Heike Milhench
  • Robert Molloy III in honor of Development Directors and Friends of Jonathan, Michelle and Keith
  • Senator Montigny Children’s Equality and
  • Empowerment Fund
  • Faith Morningstar
  • Jean B. Morris and Keith L. Newman
  • Mae R. Morrison
  • Joseph J. Nauman
  • Deborah Nemko
  • Colleen Neville
  • Norweb Foundation
  • Norma Olivier Warburton
  • Celia O’Neil
  • Ann B. Parson
  • Partners Insurance Group
  • Gilbert Perry and Donna Sachs
  • Susan L. Perry
  • Piney Point Beach Club
  • Plimoth Investment Advisors
  • Polish National Alliance of North America Lodge
  • Donna Poyant
  • Monique Poyant
  • Prime, Buchholz & Associates
  • Retired Public Employees Committee for Political Action
  • Carl and Leslye Ribeiro
  • Dr. Michael Rocha
  • Rockland Trust
  • Chris Rodstrom
  • Deborah Roher
  • Dr. Bruce and Cynthia Rose
  • Jonathan and Eve Rounds
  • Jason Rua
  • The Ruter Family
  • Samana Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Roy Sanford
  • Frederic M. Schaefer Jr.
  • Thomas Scholberg in Honor of Barbara Scholberg
  • William Schrafft & Bertha Schrafft Charitable Trust
  • Merry B. and Dr. John A. Conway
  • Stephen Sedgwick
  • Frances S. Severance
  • Jamey and Laura Shachoy
  • Frima and Gilbert Shapiro
  • Toby and Bill Shea
  • Eileen Wheeler Sheehan
  • Jennifer Shepley
  • Bill and Janet Sherman
  • Richard Shevelow
  • Charles J. Smiler
  • Louis Sousa
  • Elizabeth Squires
  • Karen Stone
  • Patricia Storace
  • William Straus and Kerry Shortle
  • Suncor Stainless / Atlantis Rail Employees and Families
  • Rachel Sussman
  • Kim Tobin
  • John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation
  • Jim and Nancy Tooley
  • Robert Trahan
  • Susan Trent
  • Tufts Healthplan Foundation
  • Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company
  • Katie Vagen
  • Van Sloun Foundation
  • Sarah Van Vleck
  • Angela Vasconcellos
  • John Vasconcellos and Bill Barr
  • Wagner Foundation
  • Marion and Henry Wainer
  • Marjorie Waite
  • Jed and Deb Webster
  • Peter and Susan Whelan
Accompanied by many generous donors with donor advised funds held with the Community Foundation, and local residents.


We are all in this together
We understand there’s a lot of anxiety right now concerning our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As your Community Foundation, and in partnership with other funders in our region, we want to be helpful to you as you are at the frontline of this pandemic and our job is to support you.

We are inviting our regional nonprofit leaders to a weekly ‘Meet Me for Coffee’ virtual meeting twice a month. Together, we will check in to see how we are all doing, to share ideas, encourage one another, and remind ourselves that even remotely, we are all in this together.  For details about the meeting please email our Office Administrator, Kim Heard

News & Resources

We put a list of resources together for our community regarding local, state and national news. We will keep updating this as new resources become available:

Grant Announcements

March 2021: Eleventh Round of Grants

The SouthCoast Community Foundation awarded approximately $1.3 million in grants from its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund to 20 nonprofits from the Southeastern Massachusetts region. The selected 501(c)3 organizations exhibited a proven track record of supporting immigrant households, regardless of status and serving populations whose economic hardship was exacerbated by COVID-19. The awarded funds, made possible, in part, with funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, will be used to alleviate costs related to basic needs, such as food security, emergency childcare, housing, technology for remote work/school, transportation, and utilities.

Grants ranging from $23,500 to $95,000 are being issued to the following grantees:


The Fund’s initial focus is to prioritize those areas of impact that will not likely receive governmental support, help those who are most severely affected, and those serving our most vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time operating grants will also be awarded on a rolling basis to nonprofits whose operations in arts & culture, education and economic opportunity have been stressed by the outbreak.

True to the Community Foundation’s mantra: Our Community. Your Foundation, we are honored to be a part of the region-wide effort to reduce, to the best of our abilities, the devastating impact of COVID-19. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our neighbors, in awe of the amazing nonprofit leadership, and humbled by your trust in the Community Foundation.

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the front lines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process, at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.