The Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens, Greece, has announced twenty-six grants totaling $9.8 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts around the globe.
Awarded through the foundation's $100 million global relief initiative, the grants will support efforts to address critical COVID-related needs in the United States and globally and in some cases will provide additional support to grantees that received support in earlier funding rounds. In the United States, grants were awarded in the areas of food security, shelter, and direct assistance; academic and personal growth for children and youth; health care and mental health support; and relief for independent artists. Recipients include City Harvest, Coalition for the Homeless, Urban Justice Center, Rethink Food, Harlem Academy, New Alternatives for Children, Montefiore Medical Center, and the Actors Fund.
In addition, the foundation awarded grants across Europe for the purchase of personal protective equipment, workforce training, educational initiatives, and food assistance; the awards include a grant to Associazione Dynamo Camp in Italy in support of efforts to engage children with serious and chronic illnesses in online recreational-therapy activities. Grants awarded to organizations in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia will support, among other things, the delivery of critical medical care; recipients include mothers2mothers, Lifebox, and Friends Without A Border.
"Even as news of potential vaccines gives us hope for next year, the pandemic is still surging and the needs it has produced have only become more deeply entrenched," said SNF co-president Andreas Dracopoulos. "In the face of sustained and increasing challenges, we’re re-upping our support for the excellent work of a number of the organizations previously included in the initiative and providing new grants for others. We are inspired by the perseverance of these organizations in facing strong headwinds to serve the most vulnerable among us, and we thank them for the opportunity to collaborate in this vital effort."
(Photo credit: City Harvest)