The pandemic laid bare the need for long-term aid and better systems to deliver support to people who are marginalized.
4-CT is an independent 501(c)3 organization. In March 2020, during the height of the pandemic, 4-CT was born out of the emergent need to align philanthropic efforts and look for new ways to tackle the health and economic disparities of Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. With the support of Governor Ned Lamont, our initial programs focused on addressing gaps in the state and federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are reaching Connecticut residents both directly and by partnering with community-based organizations and health centers.
Thus far, 4-CT has distributed $14 million to provide innovative, immediate relief to more than 75,000 individuals through:
Grants to help frontline nonprofit organizations meet the surge in demand, scale up successful strategies or develop innovative solutions when needed; and
The 4-CT Card Program, providing unrestricted, no-strings-attached cash assistance to those in need.
As we emerge from the intensity of the first two years of the pandemic, we all know that many communities are not on the path towards recovery.
Our work has just begun and our efforts can build upon the lessons we’ve learned.
From our Governor
“During this unprecedented public health crisis, we have seen incredible courage and acts of generosity by countless members of our community. 4-CT is a never –before –seen coordinated effort to link philanthropists, donors, and community foundations to the needs of our residents, as we all work together to get through this COVID-19 pandemic. We will get through this together, and 4-CT will act as a vital tool to help provide much needed outside investment to keep our programs and services stable during this tenuous time.”
CT State Governor