Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (07/08/2020)

Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (07/08/2020)

With local and state economies opening up and cases of COVID-19 in the United States on the rise, private foundations continue to provide funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants from the last few days: 

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA | $8.5 million 

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has announced that it is redirecting the rest of its 2020 institutional grantmaking budget, some $8.5 million, to a COVID-19 relief initiative. To date, the COVID-19 Response Grants program has awarded grants totaling $2.5 million — $1.5 million to twenty-two local nonprofits providing direct services to vulnerable residents and $1 million to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Through the program, the foundation plans to award phase-two grants totaling $6 million to ensure the long-term sustainability of Jewish nonprofits in Los Angeles and Israel facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Oakland, CA | $4 million

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced COVID-19 rapid response and education grants totaling $4 million to schools and community-based organizations working to meet the needs of Oakland children and families during the COVID public health emergency. The grants will fund food assistance, basic needs, and other safety-net services for vulnerable families; learn-at-home supports and resources; supplies for educators teaching online; and access to books and virtual read-alouds. Grantees include City of Oakland Head Start ($20,000), the East Bay Agency for Children ($60,000), Literacy Lab ($70,000), the Oakland Unified School District ($1.85 million), and Springboard Collaborative–Summer ($250,000).

Bush Foundation, St. Paul, MN | $2.5 million +

The Bush Foundation has announced a new round of COVID-19 relief and recovery grants with funds from the canceled 2020 Bush Prize program. The grants include $1 million to the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund; $500,000 to the South Dakota Community Foundation's Coronavirus Response Fund; $500,000 to the Dakota Medical Foundation's Critical Safety Net Fund; and $500,000 to the NDN Collective Covid-19 Project. The foundation also announced that it has repurposed funds from bushCONNECT 2020 in support of the Arts SD Artists Emergency Relief FundSpringboard for the Arts Emergency Relief FundFirst Peoples Fund Resilience Fund, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts CARES Fund

McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN | $2.7 million

The McKnight Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.7 million in support of COVID-19 response efforts, including $1 million in relief funding for artists and arts organization in the state. Other recipients include the Lake Street Council, which was awarded $100,000 for its East Lake Business Reopening Fund; Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), which was awarded $50,000 in general operating support; the Housing Justice Center, which will receive $250,000 in support of a cross-sectoral network working to develop community-centered strategies to address the impact of COVID-19 on housing stability and justice in the state; the Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development, which was awarded $250,000 in support of its Midwest Energy Collaborative federal stimulus and equitable recovery efforts; and the New Venture Fund, which will receive $250,000 in support of  efforts to ensure free and fair 2020 elections in the wake of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York, NY | $5 million

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has announced a three-year, $5 million initiative in support of artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19. Grants totaling $1.25 million were awarded through the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts' COVID-19 Relief Fund, Artist Relief, the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts, and the Hamptons Arts Network Artist Relief Fund. The foundation also awarded operating support grants to a number of small New York City-based organizations that present the work of living artists. Recipients of those grants include Artists Space, the Kitchen, the Laundromat Project, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Sculpture Center, and the Storefront for Art & Architecture.

Richard King Mellon Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA | $10 million

The Richard King Mellon Foundation has announced an additional commitment of $10 million in support of COVID-19 recovery efforts, including a second round of grants totaling $3.3 million through its Economic Impact and Recovery Initiative. Twenty-four grants were awarded in five areas: alleviating the economic impact of the virus on low- and moderate-income employees, strengthening the social safety net, employment assistance, addressing academic impacts of the virus, and jump-starting regional economic activity. Grantees include the Mediation Council of Western PennsylvaniaCommunity Human Services Corporation, the Westmoreland County Community College Education Foundation, the Center That CARES, and Locally Grown. The new commitment, which brings the foundation's support for COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts to $25 million, also includes a $2.5 million initiative in support of Pittsburgh-area colleges and universities and program-related investments to help finance local efforts to develop COVID-19 vaccines, enhance COVID-19 testing, and slow the transmission of the virus. 

Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA | $1 million

The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced grants totaling $1 million to current grantees of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia serving residents who are especially vulnerable to the impacts of the pandemic. Grants of $250,000 over two years to Philabundance and Prevention Point will fund short-term efforts to provide food assistance to and address the complex medical and social service needs of vulnerable individuals. Eleven other grantees serving frail older adults received an additional year of operating support to help meet critical needs during the public health emergency. Grant recipients include the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly ($66,000), Family Services of Montgomery County ($41,000), and the Supportive Older Women's Network ($33,000).

Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, PA | $115,000

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has announced grants of $5,000 to twenty-three arts and cultural organizations in Philadelphia. In response to the public health emergency, the foundation decided in March to increase its 2020 grantmaking budget by 40 percent in support of community-based organizations. Grant recipients — a third of them with an annual budget of $100,000 or less — include Scene-N-Action Productions Company, which uses the performing arts to create an inclusive community for youth, and the Young Artist Program, which works to center BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth artists and uses art as a tool for personal growth and social change.

For more information about the philanthropic response to the coronavirus, including a funding summary, a list of emergency resources for individuals and small businesses, and a list of funds established in response to the pandemic, visit Candid's COVID-19 popup page.

(Photo credit: Philabundance)

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