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Recovery and Response

7/21/2020 |

At the beginning of July, Barra’s Board of Directors swiftly approved $260,000 to support its Recovery and Response Efforts.  In considering how to address the needs of the sector, Barra Board and staff decided that this next phase of funding should aim to address the interconnected issues we are facing: COVID-19 and racial injustice.  After months of uncertainty and stress, communities are feeling the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis beyond the virus itself, especially individuals and families in communities of color. Black residents, specifically, are the most affected.  The ongoing stress and impact of systemic racism continues.

We know that these next few months of summer will be critical for young people, living in under-resourced communities.  Small, independently owned businesses in historically disadvantaged communities as well as workers and families left out of federal and state relief are facing significant hardship.   Barra is providing one-time unrestricted support to both individual nonprofits and citywide efforts that aim to bolster the resilience of young people and the small businesses that are critical to our communities.

Grants totaling $210,000 to support summer enrichment efforts have been awarded to:

    • City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department: Playstreets
    • Read by 4th
    • Philadelphia Youth Network
    • Philadelphia Housing Authority’s partnership with Boys & Girls Club and Mighty Writers
    • Philadelphia Zoo
    • Smith Playground
    • Tree House Books
    • Center for Black Male Educator Development
    • Horizons at Greene Street Friends
    • Girls Rock Philly
    • Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (Y.E.A.H.)
    • Art Sphere
    • Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educación CCATE
    • Portside Art Center
    • Rock to the Future
    • University City Arts League

    In addition to summer enrichment, one-time grants were awarded to two programs through the City of Philadelphia that are giving immediate support to residents and businesses that have been disproportionately affected by the intersecting issues of COVID-19 and racial injustice.

    • Restore and Reopen Program ($50,000) will provide grants to small, independently  owned businesses in historically disadvantaged communities that have suffered loss during the recent civil unrest.
    • Philadelphia Worker Relief Fund ($25,000) provides direct cash assistance to workers and families impacted by COVID-19 who were left out of all federal and state relief with intent to address the economic impact and the health and safety of more Philadelphia families.

    We continue to try to listen to our nonprofit colleagues and partners as we all try to navigate how to move forward in these difficult times.

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