Reliant Foundation Donates $116K in Emergency Funding to 21 Local Non-Profits

by | Mar 26, 2020 | Headlines, News

WORCESTER – Reliant Foundation has donated $116,000 in emergency funding to 21 local non-profits that specialize in mental and behavioral health services for children.

Reliant Foundation’s president Kelsa Zereski said, “As the COVID-19 situation rapidly unfolds, many non-profits in the health and wellness space find themselves having to quickly shift focus and resources. Reliant Foundation reached out to check-in with its recent grant recipients and received an influx of emergency funding requests.”

Three previously awarded grants will be repurposed to help assist the grantees meet COVID-19 needs, including establishing tele-health and virtual client support, along with emergency childcare and food supply services. 

“While many of our grantees have had to significantly alter the way they deliver services, several have lost critical revenue-generating events and programs. A few have even been forced to close,” Zereski said. ��These are programs in high-demand under the most routine circumstances.”

“We recognize we are relatively early into this crisis, and our grantees will likely have additional critical funding needs in the coming weeks and months,” Foundation Board Chair Elizabeth L.B. Greene said. “Our hope is that private donor support continues to grow so we will be in an even stronger position to respond.”

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