Boston Resiliency Fund
The emerging priorities of the Boston Resiliency Fund are to provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning for students, and support to first responders and healthcare workers in the City of Boston.
If you’re interested in learning more about upcoming opportunities, please fill out this form.
About the fund
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We also working to help first responders and critical care providers.
Who the fund is for
The priorities of the Boston Resiliency Fund are to:
- provide food to Boston's children, families and seniors
- technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning, and
- provide support to first responders, front-line workers and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their job and promote public health.
While we are focused on basic needs and critical services, we recognize that this crisis is evolving quickly. The priorities of this fund may change as the needs of Boston residents evolve.
For more information about the fund, please read our press release.
Acting with urgency and transparency. We want to support immediate and basic needs.
Simplifying the grantmaking process. We're making unrestricted grants so grantees can focus on doing the work.
Directing 100% of all donations to organizations providing critical, essential services. We're helping Boston residents most immediately affected by COVID-19.
Applying a lens of equity. We want to ensure we help people and families most in need. These populations may include:
- elders and children
- people experiencing homelessness
- undocumented immigrants
- residents with limited English proficiency
- first responders
- front-line workers
- healthcare workers
- persons with disabilities, and
- low-income families.
Grants awarded to date
The following organizations received grant funding to expand their capacity to provide Boston's children, families, and seniors with access to food at home or at pick-up meal sites around the City:
In partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission, the following organizations received grant funding to expand the capacity of healthcare systems to serve those who are particularly vulnerable and have complex needs:
As a result of a $2 million grant from the Fund, along with $3.5 million in City resources, the Boston Public Schools was able to purchase 20,000 Chromebooks for Boston students, which are now being distributed to students across the district in grades 3-12 who don't have access to a computer at home.
To learn more, please visit the Boston Public Schools website.
How to submit an interest form
To be considered for a grant from the Boston Resiliency Fund, please review the following information. Given the ever-evolving nature of this crisis, please note that we will update this page frequently with any changes to our process or focus areas.
The Boston Resiliency Fund is focused on organizations that need support to modify or expand essential services that serve the immediate and basic needs of Boston residents. To learn more about other funds serving Boston, check out the following resource page from Philanthropy Massachusetts.
To meet the immediate needs of the Boston community, grants will be made on a rolling basis. All awarded grants will be posted on this page.
We expect interest in the fund to be high. We will select organizations based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated ability to quickly and efficiently serve Boston’s most vulnerable residents.
- Fits within one of our two current focus areas:
- ensuring Boston's children, families, and seniors have access to food at home or at pick-up meal sites around the City, and
- supporting first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health.
- Adjusting or expanding service to meet the needs of Bostonians during this crisis.
- Has a plan in place to implement and deliver services safely (ensuring social distance, etc.).
- Expected ability to sustain services over the next 6-8 weeks.
While this fund is focused on immediate needs, we are mindful that the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be long-lasting. We plan to operate the fund with a six-month horizon. But, the majority of grants will be disbursed in April and May.
Organizations are encouraged to complete a statement of interest to be considered for future grants:
You can also preview the questions on the statement of interest form.
How to donate
Donations may be made online using e-check or credit card. Please note: Payments made by debit or credit card are assessed a non-refundable service fee of 2.75 percent of the total payment amount ($1 minimum).
For more information please call 617-635-4000.
To donate by check, make your check payable to "Boston Charitable Trust" with "Boston Resiliency Fund" in the memo field and mail to:
City of Boston Treasury Department
1 City Hall Square, Room M-5
Boston, MA 02201
For additional instructions and options for donating, please contact the Treasury Department at 617-635-4140.
To donate through a Donor Advised Fund, please search for "Boston Charitable Trust" with a notation to direct your gift to the "Boston Resiliency Fund".
Common questionsCommon questions
This fund can only make grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or those groups with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.
To be considered, organizations must:
- plan to modify and expand essential services for Boston residents,
- have a plan to implement and deliver these services safely (ensuring social distancing),
- and have the ability to sustain services for 6-8 weeks.
Organizations that meet these criteria and fit within one of the two priority areas are encouraged to submit an interest form. The Fund will make grants on a rolling basis.
To learn more about other nonprofit support efforts and funding, please visit The Boston Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund page.
A Steering Committee for the Boston Resiliency Fund was established to provide direct oversight and funding recommendations for the Boston Resiliency Fund.
The three-member committee includes:
- Jack Connors, Jr.
- Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, and
- Jeffrey Leiden, MD, PhD, Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex.
Goodwin Law serves as pro bono legal counsel to the Fund.
Grants from this Fund will be made on a rolling basis. While this fund is focused on immediate needs, we are mindful that the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be long-lasting. We plan to operate the fund with a six-month horizon. But, the majority of grants will be disbursed in April and May.We will publish updates on this page on a regular basis.
The City intends to use the Fund as a part of a strategic plan to address impacts of the coronavirus. Further, the City is obligated to ensure that all expenditures are for allowable purposes under the IRS code. While we appreciate that donors may have specific areas of concern, the City prefers that specific purposes not be designated.
The Boston Resiliency Fund will be limited to organizations supporting communities, families, and individuals in the City of Boston.
As with all City transactions, whether online or in person, the use of credit and debit cards are subject to a 2.75 percent processing fee. The systems that support this process do not allow for this charge to be turned off in specific instances.
No charge will be incurred when using an e-check through the online payment process or when mailing a donation via check.
We recognize that the coronavirus is causing all manners of personal inconvenience and economic hardship. At this time, the purpose of the fund is to address the most critical, immediate needs of the Boston community through our nonprofit partners.
Initial Supporters and Contributors
- Advent International
- Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
- American Tower Charitable Fund
- Arnold Hiatt
- Bain Capital
- Bank of America
- Barbara and Amos Hostetter
- Barr Foundation
- Becky Kidder Smith
- Berkshire Partners
- Bill O'Malley
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
- Boston Foundation
- Charles River Labs
- Colin's Joy Project
- Corey Thomas
- David Mugar
- Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
- Gross Family Foundation
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
- Highland Street Foundation
- Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals
- Jean C. Tempel
- John & Cyndy Fish / Suffolk
- John Fernandez
- John Hancock
- John M. Connors, Jr.
- John Rosenthal
- John Rosenthal
- John W. Henry Family Foundation
- Katie Kidder
- Liberty Mutual
- Mariann Younniss
- Michelle and Bob Atchinson
- National Grid
- New Balance Foundation
- Ocean Spray
- Partners HealthCare
- Patrick Nixon
- Paul & Sandy Edgerly
- Red Sox Foundation
- Reynolds Family Foundation
- Robert Kraft
- Robert Travaglini
- Shah Family Foundation
- State Street Foundation
- Steve and Roberta Weiner
- Susan and Digger Donahue
- Suzanne Norris
- Terry and Carolyn McGuire
- The Klarman Family Foundation
- The Lynch Foundation
- The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
- Vertex Foundation
- Vineyard Wind
- William M. Kargman
And more than 1,500 additional individuals