The SouthCoast Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund Awards Over $600K to Local Nonprofits

Jan 6, 2021

60 organizations who are actively serving vulnerable populations to receive Stabilization Grants.

New Bedford, MA – The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced it is awarding over $600K of Stabilization Grants from its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund to 60 nonprofits from the Southeastern, Massachusetts region. The selected group of 501(c)3 organizations clearly demonstrated a financial need due to COVID-19 and cover a range of areas of need including arts and culture, education, and economic opportunity. The recipients also actively serve vulnerable populations, are dedicated to a re-envisioned organization of adaptability and innovation, and have demonstrated a commitment toward racially diverse leadership within the nonprofit.

“Although we have seen amazing resilience from community-grounded nonprofits they are still struggling due to the relentless impact of COVID-19,” said, John Vasconcellos, President of SouthCoast Community Foundation. “We are exceedingly grateful that our Emergency Response Fund has been able to provide them critical support thanks to the outpouring of philanthropic partnerships we’ve found with so many local individuals, families, businesses, and other foundations. This is our tenth round of grant-making from the Fund. Given the state of the pandemic and its continuing impact to our most vulnerable, we look forward to continuing to raise and grant these important funds well into 2021.”

Grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 are being issued to the following grantees:

Arts & Culture Focus
Attleboro Arts Museum
Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford, Inc.
Dartmouth Cultural Center
Dream Out Loud Center
Fall River Symphony Orchestra
Mass Music & Arts Society
Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute
Narrows Center for the Arts
New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
New Bedford Festival Theatre
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
New Bedford Historical Society
Old Dartmouth Historical Society
On Stage Theatrical Productions, Inc.
Plymouth Guild, Inc.
Seaglass Theater Company
YEAH! Corps
Your Theatre, Inc.
Zeiterion Theatre, Inc.

Economic Opportunity Focus
Catholic Social Services
Community Action for Better Housing, Inc.
Community Economic Development Center
Coastal Foodshed, Inc.
Father Bill’s & MainSpring
Gleason Family YMCA
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth
Haven’s Healing Hands
Health Imperatives, Inc.
House of Possibilities
Joe Andruzzi Foundation
Kennedy-Donovan Center, Inc.

Marion Institute
PACE, Inc.
Plymouth Task Force to End Homelessness
Round the Bend Farm
SouthCoast LGBTQ Network, Inc.
Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Housing Program, Inc.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
St. Vincent de Paul Society/Sacred Heart Food Pantry
The Arc of Bristol County
The Arc of Plymouth and Upper Cape Cod
The Literacy Center
The Salvation Army – Brockton
The Salvation Army – New Bedford
The Women’s Center
United Way of Greater New Bedford

Education Focus
Attleboro YMCA
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South
Boys and Girls Club of Fall River
Brockton Day Nursery, Inc
Dennison Memorial Community Center
Hockomock Area YMCA
NorthStar Learning Centers
Our Sisters’ School
People Incorporated
Schwartz Center for Children
Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc.
YWCA of Southeastern, MA

The SouthCoast Community Foundation established the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund in partnership with local funders, in March of 2020. The Fund provides flexible resources to organizations that work with those most vulnerable due to the COVID-19 virus and the most impacted by inequity. To date, it has raised nearly
$6 million and granted over $5.4 million to 120 nonprofits. Donations to the SouthCoast Emergency Fund can be made online. For general inquiries about the Fund please direct inquiries to

The Foundation is a public charity serving thousands of people throughout Southeastern Massachusetts who share a common goal of improving the quality of life through philanthropy. Since 1995, the Community Foundation has distributed over $39 million from more than 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region.

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