Phase I prioritized immediate needs for those most impacted by COVID-19 including access to basic needs (e.g. food access, rent/financial assistance), healthcare (e.g. dental, mental and primary care) and factors which contribute to the social determinants of health (e.g. education and transportation). Of the 77 organizations receiving Phase I grants, 66% represented new relationships for the Foundation and reflected our commitment to raise up nonprofits that are often overlooked, such as smaller grassroots organizations and those in rural communities. Further, 29% of all applications received were from organizations led by people of color, and, among the final cohort of grant recipients, this increased to 36%.
Phase II prioritized four funding categories including: behavioral health and emotional well-being, basic needs, childcare and access to health care services. Of the 116 organizations receiving Phase II grants, 59% represent new relationships for the Foundation while 41% of funding supported behavioral health and emotional well-being including: individual counseling, peer support, community outreach, parent education, youth development and community healing. Funding was prioritized for populations who are inequitably bearing the brunt of this crisis, including people of color; people living with disabilities; people experiencing homelessness; refugees; immigrants; and LGBTQ communities. 82% of grant recipients specifically addressed the needs of at least one of these marginalized populations. Phase II funding also reflected a significant increase in grants for organizations led by (46%) or supporting (70%) people of color, compared to 36% and 31%, respectively, in Phase I.
Within these priorities, we welcomed proposals from tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization and public entities for proven approaches and programs, as well as for innovative, community-led approaches that offer creative and sustainable solutions to problems caused by COVID-19.
To learn more about Phase I and Phase II of the COVID-19 Recovery Fund, please click here.