The Alexandria Resilience Fund was created to respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the CARES Act, the Alexandria Resilience Fund is a partnership between the City of Alexandria and ACT for Alexandria, the city’s community foundation. The first phase of COVID-19 relief funding was made through the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund, awarding $990,000 to 82 organizations.
With an initial CARES Act award from the City of $2 million, the Fund has made grants up to $50,000 to 57 organizations since October. The Alexandria Resilience Fund specifically funded organizations who addressed the ongoing and emerging human service needs of Alexandrians impacted by the pandemic. The CARES Act required grants to be awarded and expended by December 30, 2020. Grants have been awarded to diverse and wide-spread organizations that provide:
- Economic security
- Housing stability
- Food security
- Access to health services
- Equity in education to ensure safe and supportive places and programs for children and families
A Snapshot of Grants Provided
The Alexandria Resilience Fund was able to support the health and sustainability of local nonprofit organizations whose services were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of the work supported by the Resilience Fund grantees can be found below.