Grants from the initial round of grantmaking by the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund at The Lenny Zakim Fund are being made on a monthly, rolling basis until July 15, 2020.

COVID-19 Response and Recovery grants to date:
Grants made since May 26:

Our COVID-19 Emergency Fund Response and Recovery Grantees

Grantees receive a one-time. general operating support grants. Areas listed are of office locations, however, many organizations serve a broader community.


African Cultural Services Inc. (Waltham): supports the provision of groceries, craft supplies, referrals to services, and mental health support to the African community.

Asian Women for Health (Boston): supports a community-based mental health intervention project to Boston’s Asian community.

Black Economic Justice Institute Inc. (Boston): supports the provision of food, medicine, diapers, feminine products, and cash assistance for Boston communities.

Boston Cancer Support (Boston): supports the provision of safe transport to cancer treatments and support care.

Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center Inc. (Boston): supports the provision of food and COVID-19 prevention education to Boston’s Haitian community.

Boston Youth Wrestling (Boston): supports food security as well as social and emotional support through youth development.

Brazilian Worker Center (Boston): supports a food distribution program throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Building Bridges Through Music Inc. (Lynn): supports mental health services through virtual music-based programming for parents and children.

Chica Project (Boston): supports the provision of emergency stipends, food assistance, technology, and social/emotional support to girls from the Latin American diaspora.

Community Cooks (Somerville): supports the provision of fresh meals and shelf-stable foods to vulnerable neighborhoods.

Hawthorne Youth and Community Center (Roxbury): supports the provision of their local urban farm-grown produce and grocery cards to Roxbury Highland Park neighborhoods.

Healthy Waltham (Waltham): supports the provision of essential groceries and toiletries for Waltham families and door-to-door food and sanitary supplies delivery for seniors.

Hebron Food Pantry, Inc. (Attleboro): supports the provision of food in Attleboro.

Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI): supports financial support for undocumented immigrants and rent and utility bill relief to elderly and those afflicted with COVID-19.

Institute for Pan African Cultural Education Inc. (Mattapan/Boston): supports the distribution of books, learning activities, and cultural learning packets to reduce academic learning gaps among Mattapan, Grove Hall, and Roxbury youth.

Kids in Tech (Lowell): supports the accessibility of online schoolwork through the provision of laptops.

Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts (Boston): supports youth development through meaningful virtual summer employment.

Lucy’s Love Bus (Amesbury): supports food, housing, and medical relief to those experiencing financial hardship.

LYSOA Inc. (Lynn): supports keeping Juvenile Adjudicated youth safe and engaged.
Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE) (Boston): supports the provision of groceries, hot meals, and cash assistance in East Boston.

PieRSquared (Roxbury): supports the provision of tablets to volunteer tutors assisting Roxbury youth with classes.

Refugee Immigration Ministry (Malden): supports community-based support to asylum seekers via assistance with housing, food, transportation, and job preparation.

Saheli Inc. (Boston/Burlington): supports the provision of cash assistance for domestic violence survivors.

South Coast LGBTQ Network, Inc (New Bedford): supports the mental health of isolated LGBTQ folks in Southeast Massachusetts via free professional virtual wellness opportunities.

The Boston Project Ministries (Boston): supports youth development via summer technology-based jobs that harness youth creativity to target teen mental health.

The Haven Project, Inc. (Lynn): supports the development of homeless youth via virtual education, know-your-rights webinars, and essential needs assistance.

The Welcome Project (Somerville): supports COVID-19 education for undocumented immigrants, English-language learners, and immigrant workers as well as cash assistance for community members not eligible for other forms of emergency assistance.

We Are Better Together: The Warren Daniel Hairston Project (Roxbury): supports the provision of food, toiletries, technology, and mental health assistance for women impacted by homicide and incarceration as compounded by COVID-19.

Worcester Interfaith Inc. (Worcester): supports mass meal preparations, telehealth, and virtual education.