Inner-City Foundation Responds to COVID-19 in Fairfield County


The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education has granted more than a quarter of a million dollars in Emergency Funds to local Fairfield County organizations who responded to the Foundation’s call last month for Emergency Grant Funding requests.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have been able to respond quickly to help,” said Karen Barry Schwarz, Executive Director of The Inner-City Foundation. “The pandemic has put tremendous pressure on the kinds of programs and organizations we support, and on their clients – we are happy we have been able to get funds out there in the community quickly.”On April 1, The Inner-City Foundation put out a call for grant requests related to increased or specific need related to COVID-19 in Fairfield County. Throughout the past month, through an expedited but thorough evaluation process, The Inner-City Foundation has awarded $272,000 in grants to 27 different Fairfield County organizations. 

“Funds are already in the hands of or on their way to our grantees so they can be put to use right now, when and where they are needed most,” said Schwarz. “The need in Fairfield County is great, and even greater now, at the time of this pandemic, especially for those who fall below the poverty line.”The majority of the funds went to programs providing food and/or shelter, but also to new online education needs, tax help for refugees and immigrants, domestic violence help, mental health services, personal protective equipment for EMS programs, and financial aid for basic needs like rent and utilities for many.A complete list of grants awarded follows.

Food for Homeless 
Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust
Help for Affordable Housing Residents
Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Essential Food Items
Building One Community
Emergency Assistance for Immigrants
Caroline House
Online Instruction in ESL
Catholic Charities
Immigration Services
Center for Family Justice
Domestic Violence Safe House
Circle of Care
Help for Familes Affected by Childhood Cancer
Connecticut Association for Human Services
Tax Help for Low-Income Families
Connecticut Food Bank
Essential Food Items
CT Institute for Refugees & Immigrants
Youth Home Education Support
Continuum of Care
Mental Health Services
Council of Churches Greater Bridgeport
Food Pantry
Domus Kids
Food & Hygience Products for Kids
Filling In The Blanks
Weekend Meal Program for Children
Greenwich Emergency Medical Service
Personal Protective Equipment
Homes with Hope
Food & Shelter for Homeless
Food & Shelter for Homeless
Mercy Learning Center
Relief for ESL Students' Financial Distress 
New Covenant Center
Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry
Norma Pfreim Breast Center
Emergency Financial Help for Patients 
Open Doors Shelter
Food & Shelter
Pacific House
Emergency Meals Program
Shelter for Adults with Mental Illness 
Person to Person
Food Pantries and Mobile Food Truck
Thomas Merton Center
Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry
Women's Center of Greater Danbury
Domestic Violence Help 


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