The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) launched a $100 million global relief initiative this week to help world communities hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
Grants made as part of the initiative focus on research, access to food and other necessities, mental health support for especially affected populations, emergency relief for artists, support for frontline staff, and more.
They are going to existing grantee-partners, first-time grantee organizations, collaborative emergency funds, and directly to frontline hospital staff in Greece.
The first thirty-five grants totaling $31 million have already been approved, according to a press statement by the SNF. $12 million are earmarked for projects in Greece.
“We cannot overstate the impact of the pandemic on society at large, and we owe our deepest gratitude to those who continue, in spite of the immense challenges they face daily, to serve the most vulnerable among us,” said SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos.
“Within our lifetimes, the need has never been greater. Our collective response will have to be both swift and forward-looking; these immediate grants represent the first step from SNF on a long path, as the effects of the pandemic will be with us for a long time.”
Almost $12 million will be directed to Greek causes in the first round of grants.
“Greece has a special place in SNF’s heart and work, being our birthplace. Particularly cognizant of the fact that Greece was in the process of starting to overcome a deep ten-year socio-economic crisis, SNF has given special care to addressing immediate needs and risks specific to the nation in collaboration with the public sector,” SNF says.