The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has announced grants totaling $31 million in support of global COVID-19 relief efforts.
An initial round of grants awarded through the foundation's $100 million Global Relief Initiative will support efforts to provide food, shelter, and physical and mental health services in hard-hit communities around the world and support frontline healthcare workers in Greece, where the foundation is based. In the United States, grants totaling $5.93 million were awarded in support of food banks and other nonprofits working to address the surge in food insecurity in the wake of widespread job losses ($1.63 million); Robin Hood's COVID-19 Relief Fund ($2 million), which provides assistance to nonprofits in New York City working in the areas of food, housing, children and youth, immigration, income security, and health; initiatives offering mental health support for frontline workers, seniors, children, and other vulnerable populations ($1.5 million); and emergency relief for artists ($800,000).
In Africa, SNF is partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies to award $3 million in support of Vital Strategies' Resolve to Save Lives initiative, which will fund rapid-response grants to national governments working to address the pandemic, including efforts to understand the impact of social distancing on hunger and the dissemination of accurate public health information. The foundation also awarded grants totaling more than $1.35 million to organizations working to deliver food, basic necessities, mental health resources, and direct support to at-risk populations in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. In Greece, which only recently emerged from a decade-long socioeconomic crisis, the foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $11.9 million to help address immediate needs, including $8.1 million in direct support to five thousand frontline nurses, doctors, and cleaning personnel working in ICUs at COVID-19 clinics.
In addition, the foundation made a flexible $3 million grant in support of UNICEF's global COVID-19 response initiatives in the areas of educational access, psychological services, and the provision of protective equipment and basic emergency supplies for frontline workers.
"We cannot overstate the impact of the pandemic on society at large, and we owe our deepest gratitude to those who continue, in spite of the immense challenges they face daily, to serve the most vulnerable among us," said SNF co-president Andreas Dracopoulos. "Within our lifetimes, the need has never been greater. Our collective response will have to be both swift and forward-looking; these immediate grants represent the first step from SNF on a long path, as the effects of the pandemic will be with us for a long time."
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