The W.M. Keck Foundation has announced grants totaling $10 million in support of coronavirus-related relief efforts and research initiatives in Southern California.
Recipients include the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine COVID-19 Research Fund, which was awarded $4 million for research aimed at improving understanding of the biology and epidemiology of the virus and mitigating its impacts on patients, communities, and society, and the University of California, Los Angeles W.M. Keck Foundation COVID-19 Research Fund, which was awarded $2 million in support of basic research focused on the development of new methods to detect infection by the virus, understanding why some individuals are more susceptible to infection than others, and the development of effective therapies to treat infection.
Additional awards include a combined $1 million to the City of Los Angeles L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund and the Los Angeles County Office of Education COVID-19 Education Response fund in support of assistance for families and small businesses, the purchase of online/distance learning technology, and homelessness and mental-health services; and $3 million to charities across Southern California in support of emergency-response efforts for vulnerable constituents.
"The W.M. Keck Foundation is uniquely positioned as a regular partner of both world-class research institutions nationally and safety-net organizations locally to help combat the effects of this virus on multiple fronts," said Keck Foundation co-president Steve Keck. "We thank each of our partners for their heroic efforts."