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Cape Cod Resilience Fund

Powered by Love Live Local and the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, with help from our friends from the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Harwich Chamber of Commerce, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and Provincetown Chamber of Commerce the Cape Cod Resilience Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer some relief from economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cape Cod Gig Relief Fund

To benefit musicians, music teachers, and concert production professionals who have lost wages due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Food 4 Vets

Massachusetts Military Support Foundation's mission to provide 50,000 vital food kits to veterans in New England who will have limited access to food dur to COVID-19. To donate or find distribution locations, times and instructions

Quick Guide to State & Federal Assistance Programs

Economic Impact Direct Cash Payment // $1200 pp + $500 per child, with some limits

Traditional State UI benefits // Quarantined, laid off, furloughed, or workplace shut down temporarily

Federal Pandemic U/I Assistance // New Federal benefits, includes $600 week boost & extra 13 weeks

Paycheck Protection Program // Forgiveable grants based on payroll costs, if under 500 employees

Economic Injury Disaster loan & advance // Low interest loan with emergency advance feature

Families First Coronavirus Response Act // Emergency paid sick leave and family & medical leave

Mass. Transitional Assistance // SNAP, Cash assistance, SSP

Where restaurant workers can get financial help during the coronavirus crisis

The Lee Initiative - The Restaurant Workers Relief Program was started by Chef Edward Lee to provide food, funds and supplies to out-of-work restaurant workers across the country in collaboration with Alon Shayla, Maker's Mark and more.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation - The NRAEF in collaboration with Guy Fieri and others launched Restaurant Relief America where restaurant workers can apply for a one-time $500 check to use toward daily expenses (groceries, medical bills, etc.) and a grant by the NRAEF.

One Fair Wage [] - The nonprofit that advocates against sub-minimum wage for restaurant workers started the OFW Emergency Fund that will provide immediate cash assistance to restaurant employees, delivery drivers and others who are tipped in the industry.

Restaurant Opportunity Centers United - The ROC Disaster Relief Fund has a goal of raising $500,000 to help both documented and undocumented restaurant workers during the crisis.

Another Round, Another Rally - The group is distributing $500 grants to those who have lost their jobs or hours due to the pandemic and they are currently accepting donations to their fund.

Restaurant Strong Fund - Originally started in Sam Adams' home state of Massachusetts, the fund expanded on April 3 to include 19 states where they are offering grants. Applications close April 30.

Go Tip Em - This virtual "tip jar" allows people to give tips in either $1, $2 or $5 to their favorite bartenders across the country through a list on the company website.

CORE - CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees fund helps food and beverage employees with children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have had a family member diagnosed.

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation - The Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund is distributing money to organizations helping those on the ground, providing zero-interest loans to businesses and providing funds for individual workers facing economic hardships because of the crisis.

James Beard Foundation  - The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Relief Fund is distributing micro-grants to independent businesses.


Behind You Emergency Fund

Relief for Our Friends in Hospitality

The Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF)

A nonprofit disaster response organization that provides humanitarian aid to local individuals and families. Addressing critical, long-term needs that are unmet by traditional forms of private and public disaster aid, we fill existing gaps in preparing for and responding to natural disasters, such as blizzards and hurricanes, and man-made crises such as health epidemics and terrorism. Our services include financial aid for food, housing, transportation, and medical/mental healthcare. More information:

HAC Workforce Housing Relief Fund Update

Donations made by Sunday, April 19 will be matched up to $10,000. 100% of these donations will go back into the community.
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Workforce Housing Relief Fund

In the first week since Governor Charlie Baker ordered the shutdown on non-essential business, Housing Assistance Corporation has received a dramatic influx of calls and emails asking for urgent assistance. The agency has established the Workforce Housing Relief Fund to respond to an anticipated prolonged increase in local need for housing support.

Housing Assistance has modeled the Workforce Housing Relief Fund on the state RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) program. RAFT is only available for households that typically make 50% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). The Workforce Housing Relief Fund will cover households making between 50% and 100% AMI who are still unable to maintain stable housing without help.

Before the coronavirus crisis, Housing Assistance's RAFT program supported up to 16 households per month at a cost of $50,000 with an average of roughly $3,200 per household. Payments are made directly to the lender or landlord to ensure they are used as intended.

In just the last three days, Housing Assistance received 35 inquiries for assistance, 33 of which were related to COVID-19. At this rate, Housing Assistance anticipates the need to raise at least an additional $100,000 per month over the next six months to help our workforce remain safely and stably housed and recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. Individual donations to the Workforce Housing Relief Fund will be 100% pass-through to pay for client's housing. These donations will be added to contributions from towns and foundations to create one coordinated housing relief fund.

Clients seeking access to services are asked to either call 508-771-5400 or email for assistance.

To donate to the Workforce Housing Relief Fund go to or contact Anne Van Vleck, Chief Development Officer,

Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund

Massachusetts is our home. We need your help to keep our people well and safe.

COVID-19 is taking a toll on Massachusetts communities, especially on the most vulnerable populations and the heroic essential workers on the front lines. The needs are pronounced and are felt across many cities and towns. The healthcare system is under duress, families are struggling to get by, businesses are shuttered and resources are limited. So many have reached out to help knowing our fellow residents and neighbors need help more than ever.

First Lady Lauren Baker and the One8 Foundation are teaming up with philanthropists, business leaders, Eastern Bank, The Boston Foundation, and the Foundation for Business Equity to launch the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund to support those across the state most impacted by this health crisis. The Fund will work in concert with regional non-profit leaders, community foundations, leaders on the ground and at the state level to understand the response and relief landscape locally and statewide to strategically fill in where gaps are pronounced. The mission is to ensure essential needs are understood in real time and provide resources for interventions that are effective and impactful.


  • 100% of all donations will serve people and families most in need
  • The Fund will work in partnership with community foundations and local non-profit organizations providing critical, essential services in local communities throughout Massachusetts
  • Get dollars out quickly and with transparency
  • Monitor progress and provide updates on needs
  • Continue to provide support throughout the crisis
  • All donations are unrestricted


  • Frontline healthcare professionals, first responders, and other essential worker assistance
  • Households disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19
  • Immigrant and undocumented populations
  • Food insecurity
  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless populations

Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation

Dunkin' wants you to know that they have your back through this difficult time. They're giving $1.25 million dollars in emergency funding to help families during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation is through the Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation, a 501(c)3 founded in 2006 with the mission to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness.
This funding will allow organizations to help their local communities and get them the nourishment and resources they need during difficult times.
Donations like this help support organizations like End68 Hours of Hunger, who provide meals for at-risk children, take immediate action in their communities during this time of crisis.
Any donation, large or small, can help make an immediate difference for people in need - we're all in this together. To see how you can help out or if you are a nonprofit and would like to apply for a grant visit Dunkin's Joy in Childhood Foundation at

Cape & Islands United Way

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Cape and Islands United Way has established a Community Relief Fund. The first priority area of funding will be for nonprofit organizations providing access to basic needs such as food, shelter, and emergency assistance). To apply for funding or to make a donation, visit