The ACT Now Fund was created to respond to the needs of nonprofit organizations providing critical services to Alexandrians in response to a significant community crisis, in this case, the COVID-19 outbreak.  ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria recognize that nonprofit organizations responding to this unanticipated crisis are seeing an increase in the demand for services and need financial support to support the community and address these unexpected needs.  Grants will be awarded for organizations assisting children and youth, people disproportionately impacted by the crisis including – low-wage workers, gig economy workers, people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness, healthcare and emergency response workers, Seniors and immigrants. 

The Fund will begin to accept requests on Thursday, March 19 and the first deadline will be Friday, March 20. Grant applications will be due every subsequent Friday by 5pm.  The number of future grant awards will be dependent on the funds raised through the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund and the evolving needs over time.  We anticipate funding through a multi-phased approach that will continue throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. 

If you have questions about this Fund or application, please contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org.

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* 1. Organization Information

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* 2. Amount Requested (please note the average award will be $5,000 and maximum request amount is $10,000)

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* 3. Total Organizational Budget:

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* 4. Provide a brief description of your organization including the population served.  Note:  the priority groups for this grant include children and youth, people disproportionately impacted by the crisis including – low-wage workers, gig economy workers, people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness, healthcare and emergency response workers, Seniors and immigrants.

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* 5. Provide a brief description of the ways your organization is responding to the needs of Alexandrians affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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* 6. Share a brief description of how the grant funds will be used, including a timeline and how Alexandrians will benefit.  Note:  Sample projects include:  expansion of services, launch of new services, financial assistance, purchasing of emergency supplies, etc. - all related to the increased demand for services as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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