The City 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.