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 are focused on supporting the basic needs of vulnerable residents, including underserved rural communities in Connecticut. Support has also been provided to nonprofit organizations that offer educational programing and arts and cultural enrichment that have been financially impacted by the pandemic closures. For a number of these organizations, matching grants were structured to help incentivize donors to support fundraising appeals.
SFFEA expects to continue this Covid-19 funding initiative throughout the pandemic and recovery phase.
As of September 2021, donations totaling $577,000 have been 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 2022