As nonprofits continued to face the challenge of addressing both current and long-term needs along an uncertain path toward recovery, Barra maintained its Recovery and Response Efforts throughout 2021. The grants were staff-initiated and sourced from peers close to the issues. We have provided unrestricted support across Barra’s four interest areas – Arts & Culture, Education, Health and Human Services.

Similar to a process we used in the past to identify Barra Award nominees, this network of “peer-nominators” has allowed us to reach organizations that are effectively combating these interwoven issues in under-resourced communities, including nonprofits that are new, smaller or emerging.

Overall, we based our decisions for awards using the following criteria:

  • Organizations with a far-reaching effect in the communities they serve
  • Nonprofits that have an impact on communities of color, specifically Black people, given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black lives
  • Organizations that promote collaboration and the inclusion of people of color in under-resourced communities
  • Initiatives, programs and missions that address topics and issues furthering racial and social justice

In the most recent round of grants for Recovery and Response Efforts, we also considered how an organization’s work and impact may inform others’ work as they move into recovery.

For a list of Recovery and Response Effort grants made to date, visit Grants Awarded.

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