The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced grants totaling $5.41 million in support of Philadelphia nonprofits working to address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Grants were awarded to five nonprofits working to address changing community needs and operational challenges brought on by the pandemic. Recipients include Benefits Data Trust, which received a "growth grant" of $4 million over five years from the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services to scale its efforts to connect low-income Philadelphians with public benefit programs.
In addition, the organization awarded a grant of $250,000 over two years to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to provide academic support and enrichment to public school students in underresourced neighborhoods; a grant of $160,000 over two years to Puentes de Salud, which works to address the health needs of the city's growing Latino immigrant communities; a grant of $500,000 over two years to Visit Philadelphia in support of the development of a long-term marketing strategy aimed at strengthening the region's tourism and hospitality sector; and a grant of $500,000 over two years to the Philadelphia Zoo, which will use the funds to build financial resilience against future challenges and position itself for a return to pre-pandemic visitor numbers as the regional economy reopens.
"For over thirty years, Pew has remained deeply committed to supporting Philadelphians' health and welfare as well as the overall civic and economic vitality of our region," said Frazierita Klasen, senior vice president in charge of the organization's work in southeastern Pennsylvania. "Even as we begin to see light at the end of a difficult year, the region continues to struggle with the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Pew is very pleased to reaffirm our commitment to helping Philadelphia and its residents navigate the longer-term consequences and move toward recovery."