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Recovery and Response: Round 2

9/16/2020 |

This round of grants aligns with our approaching recovery with the lens of dual pandemics, given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and the necessity of addressing issues that further racial and social justice. It is our goal to prioritize those organizations that serve the most vulnerable, such as immigrants and refugees, the housing insecure, returning citizens, individuals and families facing trauma, and essential workers.

To continue our Recovery and Response Efforts, Barra’s Board of Directors approved $520,000 in September for a second round of unrestricted funding to help nonprofits as they continue to address the effects of COVID-19 and racial injustice. With the same aim as the grants awarded in June’s Round 1, we continue to try our best to achieve a funding balance of citywide and neighborhood-based organizations to have a wide reach. This September round of funding focused on two areas: (1) health and human services and (2) arts and social justice.

In the health and human services sector, 32 nonprofits were awarded a total of $395,000. The organizations fall in three categories: health (access/disparities, behavioral health, and trauma), health/human services (multi-support), and human services (housing stability, workforce/employment, civic engagement/voter access). Grantees were selected with the input of 11 individuals from foundations and nonprofits who served as impromptu “nominators” interviewed by Barra staff.

These grants also support other efforts that cross over between health and human services and center on health access/disparities, behavioral health, housing stability, employment, and civic engagement and voter access leading up to the election. The nonprofits receiving funding include:

  • Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium
  • Miriam Medical Center
  • The Uplift Center
  • Healing Hurt People – Drexel University
  • La Puerta Abierta
  • New Leash on Life
  • One Day at a Time (ODAAT)
  • Salvation Army New Day Drop-In Center
  • Sankofa Healing Studio
  • The Creative Resilience Collective/CRY Program
  • Philadelphia Black Giving Circle
  • African Family Health Organization (AFAHO)
  • Agape African Senior Center, Inc.
  • Ardella’s House
  • Bebashi
  • KITHS (Integrated and Targeted Human Services)
  • Morris Home
  • VietLead
  • Why Not Prosper
  • PHL Rental Assistance Program
  • Bethesda Project
  • Dignity Housing
  • Friends Rehabilitation Housing
  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Potter’s House Mission
  • PAR Recycleworks
  • PowerCorpsPHL
  • Trades for a Difference
  • Committee of Seventy
  • Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia
  • Concilio de Organizaciones Hispanas
  • Ones Up

Additionally, a total of $125,000 was awarded to eight arts and culture organizations – three citywide and five neighborhood-based. All have been delivering programming focused on social justice and engaging the community in conversation/learning around related issues. The arts and social justice theme emerged as we researched summer enrichment efforts and through conversations with Barra directors and colleagues. The nonprofits funded include:

  • Bartram’s Gardens
  • First Person Arts
  • Mural Arts
  • Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
  • Asian Arts Initiative
  • Spiral Q
  • Power Street Theater
  • The Village for Arts & Humanities

With the unknown trajectory of the virus, the uncertainty of federal resources, and the persistence of larger societal conflicts, we recognize the strain that all nonprofits are experiencing and applaud them for their dire work. As these challenges wear on, we know that anticipating what is next and planning ahead is daunting. We are poised to be more responsive and nimbler than ever before to promote collaboration and serve as a model to inform others’ work while the sector defines recovery.

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