Alexandria Resilience Fund

Overview

The spirit of collective action is core to Alexandria and Alexandrians responded with enthusiasm, commitment and compassion by giving to support COVID relief through the Alexandria Resilience Fund.  Racial equity is at the center of this Fund as we’ve seen the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color and we seek to fund organizations serving these populations.  We know our community’s needs would evolve as our understanding of the pandemic’s impact on our community would evolve and we want this funding to be responsive to those needs.

As we enter year three of the pandemic, ACT recognizes the emotional and physical toll this had on the staff at nonprofit organizations (staff health, well-being, burnout) on the front lines serving Alexandrians most impacted by COVID-19. The next phase of the Alexandria Resilience Fund will provide grant funding for mental health and wellness support for nonprofit staff.

Grant Applications

There is $75,000 available for funding and we will accept applications for grant requests up to $5,000 to support mental health and wellness activities. Priority will be given to organizations that have been providing essential services to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Alexandria residents and those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Funds can be to support staff needs across the organization. Grant applications will be available on April 8, 2022 and due May 6, 2022. 

Examples of potential grant requests:

  • Bonuses, supplementing paid leave, sabbaticals
  • On-site counseling services, access to mental health funds for counseling (helping with out-of-pocket costs), online therapy subscriptions
  • Staff/team building activities
  • Exercise, massage and wellness activities
  • Other ideas that are appropriate for your organization and team

Apply for the Grant

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Application Questions – Alexandria Resilience Fund

If you have questions, please contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org.

2020 Impact

In 2020, the City of Alexandria enlisted ACT as a partner to distribute nearly $2M in federal CARES Act funding to ensure the sustainability and health of Alexandria’s nonprofits and their constituents. The nonprofit community rallied to provide critical services, including:

  • emergency food and financial assistance
  • access to healthcare, technology, and personal protective equipment (PPE), and
  • educational supports to enhance distance learning and student success

The Fund served 13,708 Alexandria residents, with the majority living in the 22304, 22305, and 22311 zip codes and the majority identifying as Hispanic or Latinx and Black or African American.

In addition to grants, the Fund invested in coaching and training to help stabilize nonprofits. The training addressed the fundraising, financial management, and leadership needs of local nonprofits. As a result of this investment, Alexandria has a stronger nonprofit sector that will continue to meet the needs of Alexandrians in the years to come.

$1.89 million in total grant awards 

57 grantee organizations 

61 grants distributed 

Stakeholders were polled about the most pressing issues and opportunities for future investment.  These priorities take aim at poverty in Alexandria and focus on affordable housing, economic opportunity and data collections and systems mapping.  ACT is in the process of determining next steps for funding in these areas.

Across the past year, new partnerships and news ways of doing business took root and they will help accelerate the pace of change. We will continue to work with partners and grantees to address the urgent human service needs of Alexandrians. And we will work with partners to disrupt systems and rebuild programs so that we can have a more equitable future. ACT looks forward to continued collaboration with the community to ensure a future where we are all stronger together.

Alexandria Resilience Fund Racial Equity Statement

ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria envision a community where the color of one’s skin, ethnicity, or citizenship status does not determine their outcomes in life. Historically, African Americans, Latinx, immigrants, and our neighbors of color have had fewer economic and educational opportunities, are more likely to experience housing and food insecurity, and have worse health outcomes compared to their white counterparts due to systemic and institutional racism.

We believe that the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 is a racial equity issue and the pandemic 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.

The Alexandria Resilience Fund intends to support organizations providing essential services to residents disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, while also addressing the underlying factors – specifically systemic and institutional racism – that perpetuate poverty and limit economic opportunity. We will prioritize partners and programs committed to addressing racial equity and that have deep, trusted relationships with marginalized communities on the sidelines of Alexandria’s prosperity.

We know we will continue to bear witness to COVID-19’s devastating impact on our community and we are committed to finding ways to invest in longer-term solutions that address the root causes of poverty and disproportionate economic opportunity for people of color in Alexandria. The Alexandria Resilience Fund is one among many important efforts to build a more equitable and just Alexandria.

Resources

Stronger Together Report – ACT for Alexandria’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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