ACT for Alexandria

ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund

Alexandrians are known for their generosity.  Now is the time for all of us to come together to support our neighbors affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.   

ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria recognize that COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it will affect our community in many ways – in the weeks ahead and the months to come.  There are the life-threatening implications for older Alexandrians, and it will disrupt the normal operations of everyone in our community. Alexandria’s nonprofit organizations are the fabric of our social safety net and essential partners during this public health crisis.  As nonprofit organizations respond, they may become financially vulnerable themselves as they scramble to cover the cost of expanding their services or suspend programs and events that generate revenue. 

As the weeks go on, the hardship on individuals and families will intensify. Many already on the financial edge may be pushed into crisis. The demand for emergency health services, food, rent, utility, and childcare assistance as well as mental health services is anticipated.  This is when we will need our service providers the most. 

Our community needs to ACT NOW to ensure these organizations can help us through this time and in the future.   

You can help by donating to the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund.

ACT and the City of Alexandria established the ACT Now Covid-19 Response Fund to provide emergency funding to nonprofits that are delivering the critical services and programs that are needed by Alexandrians right now.

The City of Alexandria will match donations, up to $100,000, to support the needs of nonprofit organizations experiencing an increase in demand for services as they support Alexandrians affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Amazon has donated $1 million to kick-start emergency COVID-19 response funds that will immediately benefit the four largest Washington D.C. region community foundations that are working to support vulnerable populations impacted amid the coronavirus outbreak.  The ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund received $200,000 thanks to this region-wide investment. You can learn more about Amazon’s donation and support for our community here.

The spirit of collective action is core to Alexandria. Now is the time for all of us to come together to support those in need and to contribute to the vitality and health of our community. Will you join us in making a donation to the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund?  Please know a donation of any size will make a difference!

Click here to see a list of nonprofits that received ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund grants.

How Nonprofits can apply for funding:

The ACT Now COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will take a multi-phased approach as the impact of the outbreak unfolds. In the near term, the Fund will prioritize efforts that focus on the needs of children and youth, low-wage workers, seniors and immigrants. The Fund will support activities such as the purchase of food and supplies to support emergency response, expansion of programs and services, development of new programs that support priority populations, all related to the increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

ACT hosted a call to share more details about the Fund and the grant process. Click here for the video or here for the slides

To access the grant application, click here

Grant applications will be due every Friday by 5:00pm and decisions will be made by the following Friday. The number of future grant awards will be dependent on the funds raised through the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund and the evolving needs over time. We anticipate funding through a multi-phased approach that will continue throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis.   

About the ACT Now Fund:

The ACT Now Fund was created to respond to the needs of nonprofit organizations providing critical services to Alexandrians in response to a significant community crisis, in this case, the COVID-19 outbreak.  We recognize that nonprofit organizations responding to this unanticipated crisis are seeing an increase in the demand for services and need financial resources to support the community and address these unexpected needs. 

In 2019, the ACT Now Fund was mobilized during the partial Federal Government Shutdown. The Fund provided $60,000 in emergency grant funding to help meet short-term unanticipated essential needs affecting community members such as emergency financial assistance, housing assistance, food and medical/health assistance, childcare assistance, among others.  For more information, click here.