South Coast Community Foundation Awards Grants To Nonprofits

The South Coast Community Foundation  has awarded $665,000 in grants to nonprofits providing significant emergency support for immigrants, emergency childcare facilities, and local college students in need in the South Coast area.

These grants contribute to the more than $1.9 million that the Community Foundation has allocated over the past several weeks through its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. The fund supports nonprofits that are on the frontlines serving those in our region most severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Of the grants made, more than $130,000 was distributed to organizations responding to urgent financial needs occurring in immigrant households. These funds will provide direct assistance to immigrant families in need of food aid and rent assistance.

Another significant portion of this round’s funding supported the South Coast’s emergency childcare facilities, including  the YMCA South Coast.

“We remain vigilant and committed to doing all we can to meet the needs of our community during this unprecedented time,” said Jim Scherer, president and CEO of the YMCA. “With the award of emergency relief funds, we have been able to expand the availability of emergency day care to three of our six sites:  New Bedford, Swansea and Wareham.  More than 1,000 children have come through our doors while their parents and caregivers continue their brave work on the front line. Additionally, we continue to address food insecurity with our initiatives across YMCA Southcoast. Through our partnerships with local organizations, we have been able to distribute over 80,000 meals to families in need.”

College students most in need will benefit from this latest tranche of grants as well. The Bristol Community College Foundation, along with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, received a grant to provide direct support for students, covering expenses such as inability to pay rent and food insecurity.

“We are delighted that these funds will support our dedicated students with their critical needs as they pursue their college dreams,” said Laura L. Douglas, president of BCC. “Throughout this challenging time, many students and families have lost jobs and assumed new technology costs during the transition to learning remotely, including Wi-Fi or additional equipment. As a result, many students have sacrificed or delayed expenses such as food, rent and transportation. These funds will assist our students with essential needs, and we are very grateful.”

This fourth round of grants from the fund was made possible through the Community Foundation’s partnership with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food insecurity. The fund works in concert with regional community foundations and non-profit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced. For more information, visit

To date, the fund has raised more than $2.8 million from a wide range of corporate donors, foundations, and individuals, in response to the Community Foundation’s call to come together on behalf of our community.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $110,000 were distributed to the following organizations:

The next round of grants is scheduled to be open June 12. To apply visit

Donations to the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund may be made online at

For general questions and inquiries about the Fund, direct your inquiry to For any questions regarding making a donation, contact the Community Foundation’s Development Manager, Tricia Grime at

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