The Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens, Greece, has announced twenty-five grants totaling more than $27.7 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.
Awarded through the foundation’s $100 million Global Relief Initiative, the grants will support efforts to address urgent community needs in both the United States and globally. In the U.S., grants totaling $2 million were awarded in support of food aid, essential services, educational opportunities for young people, and the arts. Recipients include the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the New York Community Trust. In addition, the foundation awarded grants totaling more than $1.6 million in support of educational and development opportunities, including $1 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and $755,000 to address emergency needs in the New York City area.
In Europe, the foundation awarded more than $17.8 million in support of facility renovations at nineteen hospitals in Greece and a five-year training program for doctors and nurses working in ICUs, and more than $4 million to strengthen testing and data-based initiatives aimed at containing the virus. In Spain, grants totaling $980,000 will support research and recovery efforts for the most vulnerable, including the homeless, migrants, sex workers, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And in Africa, grants totaling $387,000 will be used to strengthen health resources in areas with high disease burdens and few medical professionals, as well as to secure critical protective gear and supplies.
"This crisis has shown us that people all around the world are bound together by the same threats and challenges," said SNF co-president Andreas Dracopoulos. "But it has shown that, if we choose, we can also be bound together by the good we are able to do with — and for — one another. These organizations are providing vital services to meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable in communities around the globe, and SNF is deeply grateful for their work and for the opportunity to be of help."