ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria recognize that COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it will affect our community in many ways – in the weeks ahead and the months to come. There are the life-threatening implications for older Alexandrians, and it will disrupt the normal operations of everyone in our community. Alexandria’s nonprofit organizations are the fabric of our social safety net and essential partners during this public health crisis. As nonprofit organizations respond, they may become financially vulnerable themselves as they scramble to cover the cost of expanding their services or suspend programs and events that generate revenue.
As the weeks go on, the hardship on individuals and families will intensify. Many already on the financial edge may be pushed into crisis. The demand for emergency health services, food, rent, utility, and childcare assistance as well as mental health services is anticipated. This is when we will need our service providers the most.
Our community needs to ACT NOW to ensure these organizations can help us through this time and in the future.
You can help by donating to the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund.
ACT and the City of Alexandria established the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund to provide emergency funding to nonprofits that are delivering the critical services and programs that are needed by Alexandrians right now.
ACT has contributed $25,000 from its reserves and the City of Alexandria has donated $100,000 to match donations. Amazon has donated $1 million to kick-start emergency COVID-19 response funds that will immediately benefit the four largest Washington D.C. region community foundations that are working to support vulnerable populations impacted amid the coronavirus outbreak. The ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund received $200,000 thanks to this region-wide investment. You can learn more about Amazon’s donation and support for our community here.
The spirit of collective action is core to Alexandria. Now is the time for all of us to come together to support those in need and to contribute to the vitality and health of our community.
Will you join us in making a donation to the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund?
Please know a donation of any size will make a big difference!*
About the ACT Now Fund
The ACT Now Fund was created to respond to the needs of nonprofit organizations providing critical services to Alexandrians in response to a significant community crisis, in this case, the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that nonprofit organizations responding to this unanticipated crisis are seeing an increase in the demand for services and need financial resources to support the community and address these unexpected needs.
In 2019, the ACT Now Fund was mobilized during the partial Federal Government Shutdown. The Fund provided $60,000 in emergency grant funding to help meet short-term unanticipated essential needs affecting community members such as emergency financial assistance, housing assistance, food and medical/health assistance, childcare assistance, among others.
How to apply for funding
ACT will start accepting funding requests from nonprofit organizations beginning Friday, March 20. Grant decisions will be made on a rolling basis starting March 27. The number of future grant awards will be dependent on the funds raised through the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund. Visit www.ACTforAlexandria.org for more information about how to apply.
*If you prefer to make a gift via check, you can mail your donation to ACT for Alexandria, 201 N. Union Street, Suite 110, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please indicate ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund in the memo. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.