New support will boost efforts toward economic and social relief to those experiencing disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
Today, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced an additional $1.4 million to address the evolving needs for underserved populations across Washington state in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The new funding focuses on food security, child care and stability for communities in need throughout our region.
“We cannot overlook communities that are disproportionately burdened by the economic and social impacts of this pandemic,” said Jody Allen, co-founder and chair of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “These grants provide resources supporting the urgent needs of vulnerable populations during this unprecedented health and economic crisis.”
According to federal data being analyzed by the Washington Office of Financial Management, up to 1.8 million Washingtonians are currently experiencing food insecurity, which is double the monthly average before COVID-19. In addition, nearly 16 percent of child care providers have closed and 48 percent report that they are at risk of closure, while 44 percent of early educators in the child care workforce have been laid off or furloughed. This round of grants will provide emergency funding as COVID-19 continues to afflict communities around our state.
The following nonprofits received immediate support. Many of these grants prioritize support to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQ+ communities, as well as people living in rural or remote areas who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
This funding round builds on previous COVID-19 support in the Pacific Northwest totaling $12 million from the Foundation and focused on underserved and vulnerable communities.
About the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
For more than three decades the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has focused on changing the trajectory of some of the world's toughest problems. Founded by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, the Foundation initially invested in community needs across the Pacific Northwest with a focus on regional arts, underserved populations, and the environment. Today, the Foundation supports a global portfolio of frontline partners working to preserve ocean health, protect wildlife, combat climate change, and strengthen communities.
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