The Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens, Greece, has announced grants totaling more than $80 million in support of journalism, civic engagement, and inclusion and access efforts globally.
Grants were awarded to ninety-five organizations in the United States, Greece, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, including the incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD), an organization launched in 2018 in Athens with the exclusive support of SNF that works to promote transparency, independence, and excellence in the field of journalism; Chatham House in London, in support of a new SNF Wing and an ideas and innovation lab that will provide the institute with the tools it needs to expand and upgrade its digital research and analysis; and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., in support of an expansion of its CSIS Journalism Bootcamp, which brings together journalists from the U.S., Greece, and other countries for an intensive week of seminars and workshops.
In the area of civil discourse and civic engagement, grant recipients include the Theater of War Productions in New York City — which uses classical texts to engage communities in discussion of pressing contemporary issues — in support of a partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library to present a free ten-week run of Antigone in Ferguson, a work created in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in 2014; and The Shed, a new cultural venue in New York City, in support of community commissions and artist- and student-led civic programs that will be free to the public.
As part of its efforts to increase inclusion and access to resources and opportunities, the foundation also awarded grants to Regeneration & Progress, which will use the funding to expand its Mobile Medical Units program to remote areas of Greece; New York-Presbyterian, which will use the grant to provide quality telehealth technology to underserved patients in the Washington Heights and Inwood areas of Manhattan; and the Museum of Modern Art, which will use its grant to improve accessibility and increase programming for individuals with physical/learning disabilities or dementia and their caregivers.
In addition, a number of grants were awarded to organizations serving vulnerable populations, including SOS Children's Villages Greece, in support of the pilot phase of a nationwide initiative to de-institutionalize the care of vulnerable children; the Edmílson Foundation in Brazil, which works to provide safe and dignified playing environments for underserved girls and boys; and Samu Social Sénégal, to improve the provision of health care and social services to homeless children in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.
Late last year, SNF made the decision to pause its acceptance of grant requests through at least the end of September 2019 so as to reevaluate its grant review processes; this latest round of grants was approved from among applications submitted prior to the pause.