The City of Alexandria has designated CARES Act funding to establish the Alexandria Resilience Fund, in partnership with ACT for Alexandria. This effort builds on the significant investment and support provided by the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund. This new Fund will support the health and sustainability of local nonprofit organizations that are addressing ongoing and emerging human service needs of City residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant application will be available starting on September 25. Click here to learn more.
Racial Equity Learning Series
ACT is launching its Racial Equity Learning Series with a fall cohort beginning in September and a winter cohort beginning in November. The series will be led by Whitney Parnell of Service Never Sleeps.
The fall cohort is designed for individuals who have already taken an ACT Allyship workshop and want to learn more about white supremacy, bias and microaggressions in their work to advance racial equity. The winter cohort is similar but designed for nonprofit and Board leaders who want to dive deeper into building equity in their organizations.
Shared Voices Virtual Town Hall: Race, Community & Policing
Monday, July 20, 7 - 8:30 pm
More than 100 Alexandrians came together in the second of a series of town hall discussions to promote sharing and understanding about how systemic racism impacts Alexandria. The program on July 20 featured diverse perspectives, suggest solutions and action steps. Participants shared perspecitves on the City Council resolution regarding a community review board. To view the conversation, click here.
Join us for our ACT Now Tuesday Talks at noon on May 5, 19, June 2, 16, 30 , July 28 and August 18. This special series of talks will feature beneficiaries of the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund grants and partners who are addressing rental relief and eviction prevention, the faith community's response, food insecurity, homelessness and housing, health, early care and education, and racial equity in our community. These experts will share what’s happening on the ground, how they are partnering with local organizations and City agencies, ways individuals can “act now” to support their efforts, and time for Q&A.
ACT for Alexandria is pleased to announce that the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund, established by ACT and the City of Alexandria, has raised $1.19M in just three months. The spirit of collective action is core to Alexandria and Alexandrians have responded to the call to come together to support those in need and contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of our community.
As of June 9, 2020, The ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund has awarded more than $914,000 to more than 80 organizations providing emergency relief to support our neighbors affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
We believe that these disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 is a racial equity issue and the virus has exacerbated the pre-existing inequities in our community. Prioritizing racial equity in our grantmaking is the most effective way to respond to the needs of our community now and in the future. Moving forward, The ACT Now Response Fund will award grants reflecting our commitment to racial equity.
Donate to the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund to support the vitality and health of our community. Please know a donation of any size will make a big difference. To learn more about the Fund, click here.
We have paused the grant request process as we reassess community needs and priorities. Revised grant guidelines will be available at the end of June.
As the weeks progress, our understanding of the pandemic’s impact on Alexandrians evolves. We are seeing that the financial and health challenges brought on by COVID-19 are not equally distributed. People of color, immigrants and low-income families and individuals are experiencing more severe hardships. Based on feedback we received from our community survey and conversations, we will be re-examining the funding priorities of the ACT Now Fund and taking a pause on accepting new applications.
Resources for Community Members:
ACT is working with local nonprofits to provide a regularly updated list of emergency resources for community members in need. For a list of emergency resources, click here.For information regarding free COVID-19 testing, click here.
Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Wednesday, April 15. More than $2.4M was given by 8,453 to 156 local nonprofits!
It was an incredible day where Alexandrians came together, lifted one another up, and supported the organizations that serve our community in the best of times and during challenging times. To learn more or to continue giving, visit: www.Spring2ACTion.org.
Census Mini Grants
Beginning in mid-March, all Alexandrians will be called upon to be counted as part of the 2020 Census. ACT envisions a City that embraces residents from all walks of life and where everyone can fully participate in our civic life and economic prosperity. Census data helps us understand the full story of our community by counting everyone who lives here. In order to facilitate a complete count in Alexandria, ACT is allocating $10,000 for Census Mini Grants to be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to build awareness in hard to count commmunities in Alexandria. Find out more.
City of Alexandria to purchase Freedom House
The City of Alexandria and the Northern Virginia Urban League (NVUL) reached an agreement on December 31 for the City to purchase the Freedom House Museum in order to preserve and interpret this National Historic Landmark for future generations. The building, located at 1315 Duke Street, was once part of the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States. From 1828 to 1861, five successive firms forced as many as 50,000 enslaved adults and children from the Chesapeake Bay area to the slave markets in Natchez, Miss., and New Orleans by foot or ship. The City plans to enlist partners to help us restore the building and expand the exhibits to tell the story of the domestic slave trade and those who were enslaved.