The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced on March 27, 2020, $4 million in emergency grant funding as the Foundation’s initial response to the developing COVID-19 public health crisis. The emergency grants will support current grantees that are providing vital services within their communities while facing severe operational challenges as a result of this pandemic.
The $4 million includes $2.57 million in emergency funding to 55 nonprofits operating within the Foundation’s priority communities throughout the United States and Israel, as well as an additional $1.5 million of funding available for emergency needs that will be identified in the coming weeks and months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation is also accelerating payment of several previously approved grants to ensure that organizations have use of those funds as quickly as possible.
All emergency grants are approved to support the general operations of the organizations listed. The Foundation seeks to provide each organization with maximum discretion and flexibility in how the emergency funding is utilized, so long as it is consistent with the Foundation’s overarching funding guidelines and restrictions. The grants are listed below in alphabetical order within each priority community.
Total of $500,000 in emergency grants
Baltimore Community Foundation
$100,000 operating grant to support the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund that will enable rapid response to mitigate the effects of the current public health emergency, as well as the Baltimore County Response Fund that is coordinating a response focused on families and older adults
Center for Urban Families
$25,000 operating grant to help families maintain stable employment and financial stability
CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
$50,000 operating grant to provide economic assistance for families in the City, as well as a range of emergency services for older adults
Community Assistance Network
$25,000 operating grant to provide essential household resources for residents in Baltimore County
$25,000 operating grant to provide emergency assistance and supportive services, including hot meals, pantry items, clothing, and toiletries for residents
Fund for Educational Excellence
$25,000 operating grant to support Baltimore City Public Schools’ Emergency School Closure Family Support Fund that will provide food and essential supplies for families who visit emergency meal sites
Jewish Community Services
$50,000 operating grant to support the increased demand for emergency needs, food insecurity, and tele-case management
Maryland Food Bank
$50,000 operating grant to support additional food distribution for residents
Maryland Philanthropy Network
$25,000 operating grant to support efforts convening funders and local governments statewide with the goal of responding more efficiently and to support the purchase of essential supplies for partner organizations
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
$25,000 operating grant to support meal delivery for older adults
$25,000 operating grant to support meal and grocery delivery, as well as nutritional counseling and other services for individuals with life-threatening illnesses
United Way of Central Maryland
$75,000 operating grant to support the COVID-19 Community Fund, as well as the 211-assistance line that connects residents with critical services
To learn more, visit The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation site.
Source: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation