Covid-19 Response

Responding to the Global Pandemic

In April 2020, The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts launched an emergency response to the Covid-19 crisis in support of current grantee organizations and health and economic needs primarily in Connecticut.

Working with current grantees, SFFEA provided flexibility in grant agreements to meet circumstances created by the pandemic. Grant periods were extended for many grants to ensure that funding could be spent on educational programs once school learning returned to classrooms. Other grants were modified to allow for new uses of funding, including support for virtual learning and technology.

SFFEA provided grants to Covid-19 response funds at several community foundations and other organizations which were focused on supporting the basic needs of vulnerable residents, including underserved rural communities in Connecticut. Support was also provided to nonprofit organizations that offer educational programing and arts and cultural enrichment that were financially impacted by the pandemic closures. For a number of these organizations, matching grants were structured to help incentivize donors to support fundraising appeals.

Covid-19 donations totaling $577,000 were made to:

Access Agency, Inc.
Americares Free Clinics, Inc.
Brighton Center, Inc. (Kentucky)
Building One Community
Children of Promise, NYC
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Connecticut Science Center, Inc.
Day Kimball Healthcare, Inc.
Discovery Museum, Inc.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc.
Hartford Stage Company
Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut
Horizons National Student Enrichment Program
Inter District Committee for Project Oceanology
La Soupe, Inc. (Ohio)
New Canaan Community Foundation
Niantic Children’s Museum
Read to Grow, Inc.
Student Sponsor Partnership, Inc. (New York City)
Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group, Inc.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Waveny Care Center, Inc.
Windham Region No Freeze Project, Inc.
Windham Area Interfaith Ministry
4-CT – Through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Updated February 2023