US grantmakers step up efforts around the world against Covid-19 (Grants Roundup)


Here are some notable new grants specifically for the Covid-19 outbreak, compiled by the The Chronicle:

Bank of America

Commitment of $ 100 million to support communities throughout the challenges of the coronavirus epidemic. The bank dedicates its donations to increasing the response capacity of medical organizations, fighting food insecurity, providing access to distance learning resources for children whose schools have closed, and providing support to those most in need. vulnerable people of the world. Among the first beneficiaries is Khan Academy, which provides free online learning materials for students aged 4-18.


$ 100 million to the Facebook Small Business Grants Program, which will make free online advertising and grants available to 30,000 small businesses in more than 30 countries where the company’s social media employees live and work.


$ 100 million to create an economic relief fund to help team members and other members of the Hollywood film community who are unemployed during the coronavirus crisis. The streaming company gave $ 1 million to SAG-AFTRA for its Covid-19 Disaster Fund, $ 1 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund and $ 1 million to the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the United States, as well as $ 15 million nonprofit groups outside of the United States.

New York Community Trust

$ 75 million to create the NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund, which will support nonprofit groups in New York City that work in the arts and culture and social services and suffer financial losses from the pandemic of coronavirus. The new fund, administered by the New York Community Trust, will provide grants and interest-free loans to small and medium-sized nonprofits in the city to help them meet emerging needs and keep their work going. Many large New York foundations have donated to the fund, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , Robin Hood, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

A commitment of $ 50 million for the international response to the coronavirus, with a focus on health and science, educational resources for out-of-school children and support for small businesses. The pledge includes $ 5 million to match donations to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a project of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation.

Otto Bremer Trust

$ 50 million through its subsidiary Community Benefit Financial Company to provide financial support to nonprofits and other community organizations in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit and other financial resources to organizations affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation

A $ 25 million commitment to support organizations responding to the global coronavirus crisis. The retailer has pledged $ 10 million to support food banks, school lunch programs and related food safety organizations; $ 10 million to support efforts in economically struggling communities in the United States and abroad; and $ 5 million to global efforts to help countries prevent, detect and manage the coronavirus. The first recipients will be announced in the coming week.

Rockefeller Foundation

$ 20 million to create a Covid-19 monitoring and management system and establish a program to cover the basic needs of vulnerable workers, families and communities around the world. The foundation will also provide key assistance and support in the cities where it operates, in particular Bellagio, Italy; New York City; Washington DC; Nairobi; and Bangkok.

Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation and Hillman Family Foundations

$ 10 million to create an Emergency Action Fund in response to the Covid-19 crisis and its effects on vulnerable people living in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Fifth Third Foundation and the Fifth Third Chicagoland Foundation

$ 8.8 million to support long-term economic sustainability in the areas in which the bank operates. The contribution will provide grants and loans to small businesses, affordable housing, home ownership and economic development, as well as philanthropic support to United Way, United Fund and other local agencies primarily in the Midwest. .

Wells Fargo Foundation

A commitment of $ 6.3 million to support the national and global response to the coronavirus and to aid public health relief efforts. Of the funding, $ 5 million will flow to the San Francisco area over the next few months. The CDC Foundation is also receiving $ 1 million and the International Medical Corps will receive $ 250,000 for its work in more than 30 countries.

California Endowment

$ 5 million in a first phase of disaster response funding to address the health, financial and economic challenges facing families and communities in California due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Coca-Cola Company

$ 5 million to the Greater Atlanta Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

$ 5 million to the Greater Atlanta Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.


Pledge of $ 5 million to Feeding America’s Covid-19 Response Fund, Meals on Wheels America and local hunger relief organizations to provide food to vulnerable populations, especially isolated seniors and families low income.

Nike Foundation

$ 4.5 million to the global coronavirus effort. The new grants include $ 1 million to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund to help countries prepare for and respond to the crisis; $ 1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund to help communities near its head office in Beaverton, Oregon; and an additional $ 1.1 million to the King Baudouin Foundation to support community partners in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, in January, the foundation awarded $ 1.4 million to the China Youth Development Foundation to provide first responders in China with supplies and equipment to treat Covid-19 patients.

Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation

$ 4.4 million to establish the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund, which will provide grants to local foundations and other Minnesota funders to meet emerging needs in their communities. Major Minnesota foundations have contributed to the fund including Ameriprise Financial Foundation, Best Buy Foundation, Better Way Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Blue Cross Foundation and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Bush Foundation, Cargill Foundation, Foundation Land O’Lakes, the Medtronic Foundation, Northwest Region Foundation and the Target Foundation.

Cleveland Foundation

$ 4 million from a pool of local donors to create the Greater Cleveland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund, which will provide grants to nonprofits in Northeast Ohio.

PwC Charitable Foundation

$ 2.9 million to support communities most affected by Covid-19. The company gave $ 500,000 to Feeding America, $ 500,000 to Direct Relief and $ 1.5 million to meet the needs of the United States. At the end of February, the PwC Foundation also awarded a grant of $ 350,000 to the HOPE project to provide protective equipment to health workers in the Chinese provinces of Wuhan and Shanghai.

Islamic Relief United States

$ 1.9 million to mosques and social service organizations to help them continue their programs during the coronavirus outbreak.

New York life

$ 1.7 million to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Covid-19 Response Fund, the CDC Foundation, and First Book. First Book is using its share of the grant money to provide books to children in low-income communities whose schools are closed.


$ 1 million to four community foundations near Washington, DC, to address emergency Covid-19 needs, including food insecurity, housing and financial assistance to those in need. The recipients are ACT for Alexandria, Arlington Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation.

Loan tree

$ 1 million to the Carolinas Foundation and United Way of Central Carolinas for the Covid-19 Response Fund. The City of Charlotte matches the grant with $ 1 million in public sector support.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association

$ 1 million to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America to provide meals for children in need following school closures and widespread quarantines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Southern California Gas Co.

$ 1 million to local nonprofits for Covid-19 relief efforts. Recipients include the Los Angeles Area American Red Cross, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Covid-19, Orange County United Way, and Proteus Inc., which provides education, job training, job placement and other support services for families working on farms. and others in need in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Under protection

$ 1 million to Feeding America to support efforts to alleviate hunger for children and families in need due to school closures and quarantines. The sportswear company is also pledging $ 1 million in equipment, footwear and clothing in cash and in-kind to Good Sports to support youth sports leagues.

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