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.

In the past few months the Community Foundation has granted more than $4.8 million to nonprofits on the front lines of this pandemic from the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. To date, the Fund has raised more than $5.59 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

  • For interested partners or to make a donation, please contact the Community Foundation Development Manager, Tricia Grime at
  • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Kim Goddard at

Our COVID-19 Sponsors

Major donors of the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund include:


  • Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • BankFive Fund
  • Barr Foundation
  • BayCoast Bank
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Foundation
  • Bristol County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Carney Family Charitable Foundation
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Eversource Foundation
  • Greater Fall River Development Corporation
  • HarborOne Bank
  • Island Foundation
  • Karina Foundation
  • Manton Foundation
  • Montigny Children’s Equity & Empowerment Fund
  • Plimoth Investment Advisors
  • Prime Buchholz
  • Rockland Trust Bank
  • Schrafft Charitable Trust
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation
  • Van Sloun Foundation
  • Wagner Foundation
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


The SouthCoast Community Foundation awarded  a total of $55,000 in August to 25 local nonprofit organizations for summer programs serving youth in the region. The awards were made from the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund, which the foundation established in March 2020 to support nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. To date, the fund has raised more than $5.59 million and granted more than $4.8 million to nonprofits providing emergency support for vulnerable populations, including the homeless, immigrant families, and those facing food insecurity in our region.

Details of each grantee’s work can be found listed below.


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.