With cases of COVID-19 in the United States on the rise and some states and localities putting their reopening plans on hold, 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:
Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Denver, CO | $116,000+
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has announced more than $116,000 in COVID-19 emergency relief grants in support of efforts to provide food, medical care, shelter, and other assistance to individuals with Down syndrome and their families during the pandemic. Grants were awarded to forty-two organizations in twenty-three states as well as Albania, Honduras, Kosovo, and Uganda. Recipients include the Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond, Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area, GiGi's Playhouse El Paso, and Hearts2Honduras.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda, MD | ~ $40,000
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Impact Grants, which this year are focused on virtually engaging and connecting people with CF, who are at greater risk of infection and for whom online communities are more important than ever during the pandemic. Recipients include But, You Look Healthy, a storytelling podcast; Dancing Together With CF, a free livestreamed dance class; Raising Cystic Fibrosis Engagement in the African American Community, a program of the National Organization of African Americans With Cystic Fibrosis; and Work Proudly, a pilot of the Claire's Place Foundation that provides adults with CF and their caregivers with job training and equipment needed to secure work-at-home employment.
George Family Foundation, Minneapolis, MN | $640,000
The George Family Foundation has announced one-time grants totaling $640,000 in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts as well as efforts to advance racial justice. Recipients include the OneMpls COVID-19 Response Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation ($100,000), YMCA George Wellbeing Center ($100,000), Land & Rivers Fund at the Eagle Valley Land Trust ($35,000), Family Tree Clinic's telehealth program ($15,000), the Healing Justice Foundation ($25,000), and the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation ($100,000). The latest grants are in addition to the $1.76 million awarded by the foundation through its regular spring grantmaking cycle.
amfAR, New York, NY | $347,650
New York City-based amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research has announced a first round of research grants from the amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19, which has partnered with CR Fashion Book founder Carine Roitfeld, YouTube, and auction house Christie's to raise more than $1.5 million since April. Matthias Kretzler (University of Michigan) was awarded a grant of $155,650 for a new approach to understanding what happens in the kidneys of those with COVID-19, while Daniel Kaufmann (University of Montreal) will receive $192,000 to conduct a study of antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2.
Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts, New York, NY | $333,642
The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) has announced six grants totaling $333,642 to address increased risks for individuals with opioid-use disorder as well as an alarming increase in overdoses over the last four months. Part of FORE's COVID-19 National Emergency Response effort, the grants are focused on expanding access to recovery programs and supporting research on temporary COVID-related policy changes. Recipients include Ballad Health, RAND Corporation, the Addiction Policy Forum, the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Rutgers University, and the University of North Carolina Health Sciences at Mountain Area Health Education Center.
Grantmakers for Girls of Color, New York, NY | $880,000+
Grantmakers for Girls of Color has announced the second, third, and fourth rounds of grants from its G4GC Love Is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing to more than $1.5 million the total awarded by the fund to date. Recipients include Black Feminist Future, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and Speaking Down Barriers.
Audacious Project/Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY | $26 million
The Harlem Children's Zone has announced the names of the six organizations selected to participate in a $50 million initiative — $26 million of which was awarded to HCZ by the Audacious Project in June — aimed at supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts in Black communities. The partner organizations — Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis), Oakland Promise (Oakland), Thrive Chicago (Chicago), BRICK Education Network (Newark, New Jersey), Purpose Built Communities (Atlanta), and United Way for Southeastern Michigan (Detroit) — will each receive a $2 million grant.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY | $3.5 million+
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded funding to the Academy of American Poets, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, and the National Book Foundation to establish a $3.5 million Literary Arts Emergency Fund in support of nonprofit literary organizations and publishers impacted by COVID-19. LAEF will regrant the funds as one-time emergency relief grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
Teagle Foundation, New York, NY | $525,000+
The Teagle Foundation has announced Teagle Community Recovery Grants totaling more than $525,000 to enable college students impacted by the pandemic to continue their studies. The initiative includes support for the Teagle Humanities Fellowship, Youth Empowerment Summer (YES) program, Student Emergency Funds to Rutgers-Camden & Rutgers-Newark program, and Student Emergency Funds to City University of New York program, as well as discretionary grants to organizations including the Southern Education Foundation, East Side House Settlement, Fresh Air Fund, Modern Language Association, and Queens Community House.
Brees Dream Foundation, Cleveland, OH | $5 million
Ochsner Health in New Orleans has announced a $5 million commitment from the Brees Dream Foundation to fund the creation of community health centers in underserved communities in New Orleans and Baton Rouge that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The commitment is in addition to a $5 million gift in March from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, in support of meal programs in communities across the state impacted by the virus.
For more information about the philanthropic response to the coronavirus pandemic, including a funding summary, a list of emergency resources for individuals and small businesses, and a list of COVID-19 funds, visit Candid's COVID-19 popup page.
(Photo credit: Global Down Syndrome Foundation)