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New Grant Commitments for Covid-19 Relief

May 5, 2020
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Here are notable new grant awards specifically for the Covid-19 outbreak, compiled by the Chronicle:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

$50 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to provide Covid-19 vaccines to people in lower-income countries. This additional commitment passes the $300 million mark in total giving from the foundation for the coronavirus pandemic.

Humana Foundation

$50 million commitment to organizations that support essential workers, food security, behavioral health, and communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis. Of the pledge, $34 million has been paid to frontline organizations that include the American Nurses Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Share Our Strength, and Volunteers of America.

JPMorgan Chase

$50 million to the Grow America Fund, a community development financial institution that will make low-cost loans to small businesses in communities suffering from financial hardship following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Avast Foundation

$25 million to global science and technology programs to help combat the novel coronavirus through testing, research, and vaccine development. The commitment includes $12 million to the Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator.

TD Bank Group

$25 million commitment to create the TD Community Resilience Initiative, through which the bank will make grants to strengthen communities in the United States and Canada that have been harmed by the pandemic. Among the grants already announced are $1 million each to the National Association of Community Health Centers, in Bethesda, Md., and the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres, in Toronto.

TikTok and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

$20 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support its response to the Covid-19 pandemic in lower-income countries in Africa. The social-media company has given $10 million, which the Gates Foundation matched.

Black Entertainment Television

$15.2 million to United Way Worldwide to support the work of local United Ways in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York. The donation will support relief services to African American communities, including efforts to relieve food insecurity and severe economic distress.

Morgan Stanley

$15 million to create the Morgan Stanley Covid-19 Hunger Relief Campaign, through which the bank will match employee donations to the campaign. This builds on the company’s previous commitment of $10 million for coronavirus relief.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

$14.7 million through 145 grants to address the pandemic in the Pacific Northwest.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

$13.6 million commitment to the University of California at San Francisco, Stanford University, and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub for a large-scale research collaboration. It will conduct studies that will sample a broad, representative population of the Bay Area and use that data to inform policy decisions about how to safely reopen California’s economy before a vaccine is available.

Arnold Ventures

$10 million toward its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The grant maker is committing $1.2 million to local efforts in Houston, as well as $2 million to support Fast Grants, a new group that offers expedited funding opportunities to scientists who are working on Covid-19-related projects.

Episcopal Health Foundation

$10 million commitment to nonprofits and organizations that are addressing the long-term effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the most at-risk communities across Texas.

Goldman Sachs

$10 million to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to provide loans for small businesses in New Jersey.

Intercontinental Exchange

$10 million to 41 recipients in the areas where the global financial company does business. Some of the U.S. organizations that have received grants include the Atlanta Partners for Education, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Boston Foundation, the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository, the New York Community Trust, and the NYPD Foundation, as well as the National Emergencies Trust (United Kingdom) and Telangana CM Relief (India).

W.M. Keck Foundation

$10 million in grants for coronavirus research and emergency relief efforts. The grants include $4 million to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine Covid-19 Research Fund; $2 million to the University of California at Los Angeles’s W.M. Keck Foundation Covid-19 Research Fund; $1 million jointly to the City of Los Angeles’s L.A. Emergency Covid-19 Crisis Fund and the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s COVID-19 Education Response; and another $3 million to charities in Southern California.

Chicago Covid-19 Response Fund

$8.8 million to 140 organizations working in emergency food and supplies, health services, and direct financial assistance to people in the Chicago area in its first two rounds of grant making. The fund is a joint project of the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago.


$7.5 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to create the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund. The fund has already given grants to 225 small businesses in its first round of grant making, primarily to businesses owned by minorities and women.

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

$6.5 million in additional emergency grant funding. Of the new grants, $4.5 million went to nonprofit groups in Chicago, Hawaii, New York City, northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Francisco; $1 million was awarded to the newly created Covid-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore; and $1 million is supporting charities in Israel. The foundation has made a total of $10.5 million in Covid-19 grants to date.

Spartan Mosquito

$3 million to support 150 small businesses that sell home-improvement supplies and animal feed in communities across the country.

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

$2.9 million in additional emergency grants. The donations include $2.5 million shared among six hospitals and hospital systems in Arizona’s Maricopa County as they respond to the Covid-19 health crisis, and $350,000 to the new Arizona Covid-19 Community Response Fund. Since March 30, the Piper Trust has awarded $9.2 million in rapid-response grants.

Edward W. Hazen Foundation

$2.8 million in rapid-response grants to 24 organizations that are ramping up programs to serve communities of color working in educational equity and racial justice during the pandemic.

Hancock Whitney

$2.5 million commitment to nonprofit groups in the Gulf South region. The pledge includes $1 million to restock local food pantries in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.

SECU Foundation

$2.5 million to the North Carolina Healthcare Association Foundation for statewide efforts to provide relief to health-care and human-services organizations that are assisting the medical community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Heinz Endowments

$2.3 million in a second round of emergency grants to frontline nonprofit groups in Pittsburgh. The grants include $250,000 to Allegheny Health Network to support the operations of mobile testing units that will travel to underserved communities and test patients for Covid-19.

Angel Soft

$2 million partial challenge grant to #GiveTogetherNow, a rapid-response emergency fund that will provide direct cash assistance to families facing financial hardship during the pandemic. The toilet-paper brand has given $1 million outright and will match another $1 million in public donations to the fund.

Mind Trust

$1.5 million through its Indianapolis E-Learning Fund for public-school districts and public charter schools to purchase technological devices and internet connectivity for students and families in Indianapolis.

Ross Stores and the Ross Stores Foundation

$1.5 million to local and national organizations that are providing essential Covid-19 relief services, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and First Book.

Bader Philanthropies

$1.4 million to 35 nonprofit groups in southeastern Wisconsin that are providing services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Entergy Corporation

$1.3 million to United Way and other nonprofit partners that are addressing urgent financial and food needs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, and Texas.

New York Foundation for the Arts

$1.3 million for an emergency grant program to give economic relief to nonsalaried visual artists in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The fund was created with donations from the Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation.

Presser Foundation

$1.3 million in capital and general operating grants to 85 music organizations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area that have had to cancel performances and programs during the pandemic.

Binance Charity and Integro Foundation

$1 million for the Crypto Against Covid campaign to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

$1 million to the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation for its TX Restaurant Relief Fund, which will give financial assistance to independent restaurant owners and their employees who are unable to work during the pandemic.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

$1 million to create the Covid-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund, in partnership with the Denver Foundation.

Genesis Prize Foundation

$1 million to 15 organizations in New York and Israel that are working to alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding came from Natan Sharansky, an Israeli human-rights activist, who won a $1 million Genesis Prize in December and has redirected his prize money to these organizations.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$1 million to the Flamboyan Arts Fund to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on arts and culture organizations in Puerto Rico. The program has received additional support from Broadway Cares.

NISA Investment Advisors

$1 million to create the NISA Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund at the St. Louis Community Foundation. It will make relief grants to nonprofit groups and communities in the St. Louis metropolitan area who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

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