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MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund

When faced with a crisis, we must join together and act as a community-with purpose, compassion, and focus-to assist the most vulnerable populations in our region. We are stronger together.

This fund was established to enable the rapid delivery of financial resources to MetroWest-based nonprofit organizations working to serve our communities during broad-based emergencies, including natural disasters, financial crises, and public health emergencies. As the current COVID-19 pandemic deeply impacts our region and its residents, the Foundation will open a rolling rapid response grant program to provide operating grants to nonprofit organizations.

At this time, the Foundation will prioritize organizations who are providing emergency basic needs to our most vulnerable residents, families and youth across our region.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I give?

You may give online; send a check to Foundation for MetroWest (note that it is for the MW Emergency Fund), 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760; or make a gift of securities and other assets by contacting Mary Crowley.

Can I make a grant from an existing donor-advised fund into the Emergency Relief Fund?

Yes. Anyone can make a grant from a donor-advised fund to the Emergency Relief Fund.  If you have a donor-advised fund at the Foundation, you can log into Donor Central to make a fund transfer, or contact Mary Crowley if you have questions. If you have a donor-advised fund at another institution, you can recommend a grant from that fund to the Foundation for MetroWest and note if your gift is for the “MW Emergency Relief Fund” in the purpose language.

How much of my donation will go directly to organizations working to support vulnerable populations in MetroWest?

 One hundred percent.

My nonprofit organization is interested in resources from this fund. How can we be considered?

We understand organizations are in crisis and the people you serve are hurting, so we will be distributing funds to the community as quickly as possible. Please see our Grant Guidelines for more information on how to apply for an Emergency Relief Grant.

Are there other resources available for my nonprofit?

Yes. Please see our Resources Page for more information.

Can individuals apply for assistance from this fund?

Unfortunately, we are not able to make direct grants to individuals. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on individuals and families. These emergency funds will support nonprofit organizations that are directly supporting families and residents.

When will you share who you fund?

We anticipate making a first round of grants as soon as possible, and will share a list of grantees on the Foundation’s website and social media.

Contact us

For donor inquiries, please contact:

For media inquiries, please contact our Communications Team

For grant inquiries, please contact our Program Team

 

Lead Supporters

Ajana Foundation

Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

Barr Foundation

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

Tripadvisor Foundation