This brings the Foundation's total COVID-19 Response Grant funding to date to $1,107,800.
Grants announced today totaling $416,000 will help the following organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with urgent needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic:
- Arc of Erie - $42,000
- Arc of Ontario - $41,000
- Arc of Genesee Orleans - $61,000
- Arc of Wayne - $75,000
- Gavras Center- $15,000
- Lifespan - $18,000
- Lifetime Assistance, Inc. - $50,000
- Mozaic - $20,000
- People Inc. $10,000
- LARC (Southwest Florida) - $39,000
- STARability (Southwest Florida) - $45,000
The most recent round of applications has signaled a change from emergency preparedness to careful planning for reopening programs and services according to NYS guidelines," said Ann Costello, Executive Director of the Foundation. "As much as everyone would like things to get back to normal, agencies are proceeding with caution given the vulnerability of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the reality that the COVID-19 virus is still with us. The Foundation is pleased to be able provide financial assistance during this difficult time
COVID-19 Response Grants
Now through the end of October 2020, the Foundation is redirecting approximately $2 million in grant funding to assist organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida due to the coronavirus crisis.
Grants may help cover items such as short-term operating expenses for essential programs, safety net and specialty services; the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies/equipment; new technology and technical assistance for virtual commuting and telemedicine; cleaning supplies for health and hygiene; efforts to ensure safe distancing in group homes and facilities among others.
Overview of COVID-19 Response Grants
The grant application process was announced and opened on April 24.