Meet our partners from the ongoing relief effort

Responding to the severe and unprecedented challenges posed around the globe by COVID-19, a $100 million global initiative by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) aims to help address the impacts of the pandemic.

Grants made as part of the initiative focus on research, access to food and other necessities, education, mental health support for specially 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.

Read the press releases announcing each of the rounds of grants made as part of the ongoing initiative:

SNF grants made to both individual nonprofit organizations and collaborative funds focus on ensuring access to food, education, childcare, and other essentials; offering mental health support to populations specially affected; providing emergency relief to artists; and equipping frontline responders.

Access to Food and Essentials
Even before the pandemic hit, food systems were not sufficiently serving everyone, leaving strong disparities in access across and between communities. Food insecurity and strain on distribution systems have only increased as longstanding financial insecurity comes to a head in the crisis. 

A Single Bite Sullivan County, New York City Providing meals to families in need throughout the county who are referred by local community organizations, food pantries, and school districts
Broad Street Ministry Philadelphia Providing food and hygiene products to unsheltered populations, as one of few relevant providers remaining open in the city
Bowery Mission New York Providing welcoming, trauma-informed basic services and emergency care to hundreds of people experiencing homelessness each day, including shelter, showers, meals, clothing and hygiene products
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine New York City Providing nutritious take-away meals and a variety of food pantry items to meet increased need in West Harlem and Morningside Heights
City Harvest New York City Rescuing millions of pounds of food from producers, grocery stores, and restaurants for redistribution to New Yorkers in need
Citymeals on Wheels New York City Delivering nutritious meals to tens of thousands of older New Yorkers and checking on their welfare
Coalition for the Homeless New York City Providing meals, cash cards for necessities, PPE, and warm clothing to people experiencing homelessness; offering eviction prevention assistance; and helping renovate a health center for children with infectious diseases for COVID-19 safety
Feeding America United States Combatting food insecurity across the country by directing resources to the local partner organizations that are most in need
Food with a Focus Baltimore
Filling a gap in food availability on Baltimore’s west side, providing two weeks’ worth of fresh produce to thousands of families through staff redeployed from other nonprofits and volunteers at over 40 churches in the area
God's Love We Deliver New York City Delivering nearly 10,000 medically tailored meals a day to New Yorkers with serious illnesses
Grand Street Settlement New York City Operating a shuttle outfitted for COVID-19 safety to help low-income families and seniors on the Lower East Side access social services that cannot be delivered remotely
GrowNYC New York City
Connecting small-scale food producers to individual consumers through a variety of initiatives, including up to 60,000 free emergency food boxes from a cooperative of 22 farms in upstate New York, 50 Greenmarkets with 240 producers around the city, and more than a dozen youth-run Farmstands
Henry Street Settlement  New York City  Offering thousands of meals a week, a helpline, emergency cash assistance, mental health services, and an emergency job corps on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Hot Bread Kitchen

New York City Helping alumnae of their workforce development program meet needs like housing, childcare, and transportation to support them in securing new job opportunities and piloting a project to put minority- and women-owned catering businesses to work addressing food insecurity

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center

New York City Offering a food pantry and gift cards for essentials like diapers

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

 New York City Assisting 10,000 older adults, dozens of people in a mental health shelter and supportive housing, and scores of low-income families on the East Side of Manhattan

Make the Road New York

 New York City Providing cash assistance and emergency food support to vulnerable households and enrolling them in health insurance and food benefits, legal support related to the pandemic, and adult education classes

Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center

  New York City Implementing food recovery efforts to meet increased need for up to 500 people a day and providing emergency cash assistance to families for essentials like utilities, hygiene items, and burial costs for family members

Nazareth Housing

 New York City
Serving more than 200 families through food pantries in the Central Bronx and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and offering supportive housing and an emergency family shelter

Neighbors Together

New York City Addressing sharply increased needs in Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill, Brownsville, and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods by serving hundreds of nutritious hot meals each day and offering an Empowerment Program providing a range of services, from eviction prevention assistance to job training referrals

New York Immigration Coalition

New York City Following on an initial grant that created multilingual resources to help immigrant-owned small businesses respond to COVID-19 and access relief, two new grants will allow the organization to re-grant funds to community-based member organizations operating food pantries and mutual aid programs, helping meet food needs in immigrant communities

New York Restoration Project

New York City Enhancing and expanding capacity of the organization’s community gardens, in turn increasing the amount of produce they share with thousands of New Yorkers and local service providers

Queens Community House

 New York City  
Continuing to employ a Family Support Coordinator to provide case management for households in need of emergency relief related to housing, child and elder care, health, mental health, education, job loss, benefits, immigration status, and more

Red Hook Initiative

New York City
Providing a range of services to residents of the Brooklyn neighborhood, including facilitating access to mental health services, distributing emergency food boxes, helping families access emergency medical and rental assistance, and offering remote enrichment programs to young people

Rethink Food

New York City Providing meals to people facing food insecurity while helping mainstay community restaurants in neighborhoods hit hard by the pandemic maintain their workforce and stay in business over the course of the tumultuous year to come

RISE Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity

New York City A new SNF grant renews support for providing fresh produce to more than 100 families in NYC’s Rockaway Peninsula through free weekly farm shares from May through November

Safe Horizon

New York City Providing shelter, food, clothing, and hygiene facilities to young people experiencing homelessness

St. Joseph Social Service Center

 Elizabeth  Serving 800 New Jersey families through their food pantry, double the number since before the crisis

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center

New York City Delivering and offering food for elderly and low-income residents of the Upper East Side and East Harlem;

restarting a community kitchen which will serve thousands of meals weekly while employing restaurant workers who have lost jobs due to shutdowns, as well as recent graduates of the Center’s workforce development program

The Alaska Community Foundation

Alaska Supporting the work of frontline nonprofits addressing needs created by the pandemic and offering direct support to families in need through the AK Can Do Fund 

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

New York City

Giving direct assistance to vulnerable populations through ten social service organizations, including Brooklyn Community Services, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Children’s Aid, Community Service Society, First Book, the International Rescue Committee, The New York Community Trust, and UJA-Federation of New York

The Partnership for the Homeless

New York City

 Working to help keep New Yorkers at risk of homelessness in their homes through cash assistance, benefits referrals, and landlord mediation

Urban Justice Center

New York City
Getting small food vendor businesses back to work through the Street Vendor Project, providing thousands of free meals to people in need in their communities

University Settlement

 New York City Delivering 4,000 meals a week to homebound seniors and providing mental health support to 800 young people and adults on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Women In Need

 New York City Supplying food pantry items to hundreds of families experiencing homelessness, installing air purification systems at shelters serving thousands of people, and equipping staff with the technology they need to provide remote support to clients

Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)

New York City Installing broadband wireless hotspots in two affordable housing developments in the Bronx and providing essential food support for residents

World Central Kitchen

Central California Employing local restaurants to provide more than more than 45,000 meals to rural farmworker communities, helping fight food insecurity while guaranteeing income for small restaurant businesses and their employees

Supporting Local Communities
Confronting a crisis that affects every sphere of life but with unequal impacts requires a perspective that is at once holistic and granular. Community foundations and community-based organizations are uniquely positioned to implement a coordinated, comprehensive response that meets the particular needs developing across their region in real time. 

Bangor Region YMCA Bangor Providing childcare and meals for the children of essential workers in Maine, totaling over 200 visits per week
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Detroit
Helping local food pantries combat food insecurity while implementing distribution systems that keep the community safe
Greater New Orleans Foundation  New Orleans  Supporting organizations serving seniors requiring urgent care, people experiencing homelessness, low-wage workers in need of essential goods, and the African American communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic
Remote Area Medical United States Providing quality free health care to people in need who otherwise lack access through pop-up clinics offering medical, dental, and vision care
Robin Hood New York City Providing low-income New York families with assistance related to food, housing, children, immigration, income security, and health
San Antonio Food Bank  San Antonio This grant renews support for the organization’s efforts to meet elevated food need across a wide area of southwestern Texas, in conjunction with 400 local partner agencies
The New York Community Trust New York City
Giving nonprofits in the social services and cultural sectors the tools and resources they need to keep delivering essential services to some of the city’s most vulnerable populations
United Way for Southeastern Michigan Detroit Shoring up budgets of nonprofits as they meet new demand, supporting organizations that provide childcare to essential workers and engage students at home, and making emergency relief microgrants to individual households

Mental Health and Health Care Support
The deleterious effects of the pandemic on mental health are widespread and SNF grants have gone toward immediate psychological support for frontline workers, seniors, children, and other vulnerable populations.

American Cancer Society United States Providing accommodation to healthcare staff resting and self-isolating with nearly a thousand rooms across the country
Betances Health Center New York City  Delivering community-based, frontline healthcare to residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods in Brooklyn 
CaringKind New York City
Providing support to families affected by dementia at every stage of the disease through a helpline, virtual support groups, remote counseling sessions, virtual programs to provide guidance to caregivers, the MedicAlert Wanderer program, and more
Center for Urban Community Services New York City Providing personal protective equipment for medical, mental health, and social services providers and the thousands of clients they serve across the city
Center to Advance Palliative Care United States Helping address the strain faced by healthcare providers through free online COVID-19 resources that offer guidance on managing symptoms and improving communication with critically ill patients and their families
Family Caregiver Alliance United States Scaling up a digital database and adding staff to refer more caregivers to resources that can improve quality of life for them and the people they care for at home
Fund for Public Health in NYC New York City Checking in with elderly and homebound New Yorkers, as well as offering other essential health programs
Montefiore Medical Center New York City Providing consistent, quality primary and specialty health care and mental health services though the Montefiore School Health Program, which reaches tens of thousands of students in nearly 100 public schools
Mount Sinai Health System New York City Expanding the capacity of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program to offer telehealth visits to underserved populations in Manhattan, including homebound adults, elderly patients, and people with psychiatric and complex illnesses
New Alternatives for Children New York City Providing mental health support, medical care and other essentials to thousands of children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health diagnoses, as well as their families
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital New York City Supporting the wellbeing of a staff that numbers in the tens of thousands by providing financial assistance, food, housing, childcare, transportation, and mental health care services
Osborne Association New York City
Hiring a part-time Trauma Clinician to facilitate therapy and mindfulness activities for people affected by the criminal justice system, as well as technical assistance in trauma treatment for staff
Peconic Bay Medical Center New York City Piloting an effort to support frontline clinical staff with “psychological PPE” to help address the trauma and loss of caring for seriously ill patients
Ronald McDonald House New York New York City Welcoming families receiving cancer treatment for their children in New York City to free accommodation adapted for safety in the pandemic
Service Program for Older People New York City Increasing the organization’s staff and technological capacity to provide mental health services to thousands of older New Yorkers remotely
YWCA of Queens New York City  
Hiring part-time mental health professionals who speak Mandarin and Cantonese and who will provide mental health care support services to older adults

A Financial Foundation for Equitable Recovery
Grants will help marginalized populations across the U.S., at the level of both individuals and small businesses, position themselves for future economic stability and success.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition  

United States                                 

Supporting 150 small businesses in underserved communities around the country, including those owned by women, people of color, and veterans, in pivoting to adapt to the new socioeconomic realities of the pandemic through direct grants and low-interest loans        

Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners

United States Delivering coaching to build financial health for thousands of people, including workers in the hardest-hit sectors like retail and food service and unbanked and undocumented workers                                                                                                                
New York Immigration Coalition New York City Helping immigrant-owned small businesses respond to COVID-19 and access relief by creating resources in seven languages and holding educational workshops

Maintaining Urban Public Space
A grant will help keep the city’s public spaces open for New Yorkers as they rely on them more than ever. 

  • City Parks Foundation: New York: Maintaining and improving the parks New Yorkers are depending on more than ever through the NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund, which provides urgent relief to the stewardship nonprofits managing the city’s outdoor public spaces.   

Emergency Relief for the Arts
With performance venues and cultural institutions abruptly shuttered, artists and arts organizations face sudden precarity at a time when they are called to be agents of community wellbeing. SNF has supported emergency relief for individual artists and small to medium-sized arts organizations.

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York New York City
Providing emergency relief grants to small theaters in New York City to support artists and maintain the creative pipeline
Artists for Humanity New York City Offering young people in Boston opportunities for creative employment, mentorship, and self-expression through art
ArtsPool New York City SNF is re-upping support to help New York City’s cultural nonprofits focus on programming through ArtsPool’s pooled support on administrative needs and sharing of innovative solutions through the Accountable Communication initiative
 BRIC New York City Providing enriching online artistic content and support to Brooklyn’s vibrant artistic community
Dance/NYC New York City Another SNF grant to Dance/NYC will help it support more than 150 smaller-budget dance organizations in NYC with emergency funding through the organization's Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: Summe r Programming, building on support for theorganization's COVID-19 Dance Relief Fund
Gibney New York City Offering holistic emergency relief to the dance community through the organization’s Rebuilding Blocks initiative
International Studio & Curatorial Program New York City
A second SNF grant will go toward supporting contemporary artists in their practice through Reimagining Residencies, a consortium of a dozen diverse arts nonprofits in New York City, including ISCP
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts  New York City Welcoming the public to a reactivated and reimagined version of its 16-acre campus, in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens
New York Public Radio New York City
Providing critical support to artists, in the form of residencies, airtime, and promotion, through WQXR’s Salute to the Arts initiative
 Pioneer Works  New York City Ensuring the continuity of free arts and science outreach for young people in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood through community and school programs
Playwrights Horizons  New York City Offering $1,000 emergency relief grants to more than 130 individual theater practitioners through The Artists’ Relief Fund
Swiss Institute New York City A new SNF grant will again help sustain The Consortium, a collaborative of 15 NYC organizations, including the Swiss Institute, that support artists
The Actors Fund United States Providing emergency relief and support services to individuals working in entertainment and the performing arts industries
The Indie Theater Fund New York City
New York: Building on a grant to help sustain the city’s ecosystem of daring independent theater artists and venues, a new SNF grant will support emergency relief micro-grants to vulnerable cultural sector workers, through the collaborative Cultural Solidarity Fund, which The Indie Theater Fund stewards
The Moth New York City
Employing storytelling as a path to collective mental health and community wellbeing by engaging experts in these areas, and as a means to amplify the voices of the marginalized groups hit hardest by the pandemic
The Field New York City
Offering a suite of tools and services—Vision Plan: Life Preparedness for Artists—to help artists build financial stability, develop professionally, and thrive personally
The Trust for Governors Island New York City
Enriching the island’s vast public space with art commissions addressing themes of climate change, sustainability, racial equity, and social justice
United States Artists United States

Renewed support will help continue the disbursement of emergency $5,000 grants for essential needs to individual artists around the U.S. through the Artist Relief 2.0 fund the organization helps steward

Education and Supportive Networks for Young People
While it feels like much of life is on hold, it’s not possible to hit pause on a young person’s education and development. Grants to educational and youth support organizations cover gaps created by the pandemic to help ensure that every young person has the opportunity to keep growing and learning even as the pandemic heightens existing educational inequalities.

Advocates for Children of New York Inc. New York City Providing individualized assistance and informational outreach to help ensure that students from marginalized populations, including low-income students with disabilities, students living in shelter or foster care, and English language learners, can continue to participate in school despite pandemic disruptions
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) United States Serving almost 10,000 children a year in Cincinnati, Birmingham, Southeast Florida, East Tennessee, Southwest Michigan, and elsewhere to ensure kids stay virtually connected to their mentors during this time of physical distancing.
Books for Kids United States Supporting early reading and literacy skills by ensuring that disadvantaged families and kids living in homeless shelters have access to a library of books and guided story time
Breakthrough New York New York City
Providing summer and after-school tutoring to middle schoolers from low-income backgrounds
DonorsChoose United States
Doubling donations through the DonorsChoose platform to provide classroom essentials at rural schools and schools where 75% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
DREAM New York City Using baseball and softball as entry points to help more than 2,500 students from kindergarten through college build academic and socioemotional skills in Harlem, the South Bronx, and Newark
Figure Skating in Harlem New York City Guiding around 150 young women in elementary through high school to grow in health, emotional wellbeing, and leadership by combining figure skating with academic support
George Jackson Academy New York City

Supplying laptops, headphones, robotics kits, and software to enable effective remote education for middle school boys from low-income families

Harlem Academy New York City
Providing increased tuition assistance to families, laptops for remote learning, and individualized personal support for student
Harlem Educational Activities Fund  New York City
Providing academic and socioemotional support, as well as cultural enrichment, to students in sixth grade through college
Hostos Community College Foundation New York City
Providing emergency financial support to 200 students at Hostos Community College in the Bronx
Hudson River Community Sailing New York City  Encouraging nearly 250 students from public schools in Manhattan’s Chelsea and Inwood neighborhoods to cultivate leadership and academic skills through sailing
Hunter College Foundation New York City Hiring an additional full-time counselor to provide mental health support to thousands of students, many from low-income families, as they face stresses including increased insecurity in food, finances, and employment
Institute of International Education United States
Assisting international students on college campuses in the U.S. who have been impacted by the pandemic in meeting essential needs through the Emergency Student Fund
New Heights New York City  Combining competitive basketball with academic support and nutrition counseling for 250 students in elementary through high school
Pace University New York City  Providing paid six- to eight-week internship experiences to 20 or more Pace students to assist on the front lines of relief work at a local partner nonprofit
Playworks New York City  Developing and distributing virtual educational resources that can be used by teachers and partner schools both in person and remotely 
Raising a Reader Massachusetts New York City  Addressing educational disparities by helping families in low-income communities access books and virtual guided reading lessons 
Rocking the Boat New York City  Helping almost 300 young people from the South Bronx set goals and develop self-confidence by learning to row and sail, collaboratively building wooden boats, and helping restore urban waterways 
Row New York New York City  Cultivating confidence and a strong work ethic for hundreds of young New Yorkers by combining competitive rowing with rigorous academic support 
South Bronx United New York City  Using soccer as a matrix to build personal and academic skills to support nearly 200 students as they prepare to go to high school or college 
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity New York City
Providing direct assistance as well as academic, personal, and technical assistance to families adapting to distance learning to help nearly 2,000 students focus on academics
StreetSquash New York City  Helping young people in Harlem realize their full academic, athletic, and personal potential through squash and wrap-around academic and social support services 
Success Academy New York City
Creating a standardized social-emotional learning curriculum to help students understand their emotions, set goals and make responsible decisions, and build positive, empathetic relationships 
Summer Search New York City
Supporting hundreds of high school students with full-time mentors as they navigate the academic and personal dimensions of the crisis

Protective Equipment for First Responders
A grant to the New York City Fire Department’s not-for-profit arm will help make sure those on the frontlines of the fight against the pandemic are properly equipped.

  • FDNY Foundation, New York: Providing personal protective equipment to first responders, including much-needed masks to help keep EMTs and paramedics safe on duty as they continue to serve on the front lines 

SNF grants focus on supporting the efforts of healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 and enabling young people to continue pursuing education in a time of disruption.

In addition to the grants below, SNF partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to support Vital Strategies’ Resolve to Save Lives initiative, enabling rapid-response grants to governments and provide support to frontline workers across Africa as they combat the pandemic. 

ALIMA Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Senegal
Building on a previous grant to strengthen infection control measures in 400 health centers and 35 hospitals, adding 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients, a new grant supports implementing monitoring for COVID-19 cases and biosecurity measures in health facilities, building capacity to manage critical cases, reducing community transmission among vulnerable populations, conducting contact tracing, and aiding vaccination roll-out
Amref Health Africa  Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia Building on a previous grant working to limit the incidence of COVID-19 among more than 100,000 refugees in Northern Uganda and host communities, a new grant supports maternal and child health projects in Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia, including building community health capacity for COVID-19 prevention and vaccination, sharing best practices, mentorship to build maternal health care capacity in hospitals, installation of clean water infrastructure, and supply of personal protective equipment
CAMFED International Zambia Helping ensure access to education for girls in rural Zambia by improving school environments, training teachers, implementing meal programs, providing direct support to encourage children to stay in school, and more
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative Africa Coordinating ANTICOV, a multi-country, African-led clinical trial to identify early treatment options for mild to moderate COVID-19; accelerating and facilitating research and scientific exchange in low- and middle-income countries; and advocating for equitable access globally to COVID-19 health technologies

Médecins Sans Frontières

(half of a two-part grant to MSF)


Africa, Middle East (half of a two-part grant to MSF): Implementing emergency COVID-19 medical interventions in Africa and the Middle East to stem the spread of the disease, provide treatment and care to patients including the critically ill, counter health misinformation, deliver palliative care, and minimize impact on communities, local health systems, and care for other life-threatening needs 
mothers2mothers Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia Empowering the organization’s Mentor Mothers to continue to disseminate trusted health information to mothers in 10 countries across Africa and to help women living with HIV keep pursuing treatment through a new online platform
Project Healthy Children (Sanku) Tanzania  This grant renews support for the organization’s work combatting micronutrient malnutrition for some three million people in Tanzania by supporting small-scale maize millers in continuing to produce fortified flour
Saha Global Ghana Employing a network of women-run small water businesses to provide free clean water for hundreds of communities across Northern Ghana
Save the Children UK Mali, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya
Mali: Providing emergency food aid for vulnerable families

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Installing hand-washing facilities and gender-divided restroom facilities in 14 educational centers, implementing COVID-19 transmission reduction efforts at schools, providing financial support to girls most at risk of dropping out of school

Nigeria: Delivering distance education and offering guidance to parents on psychological support and homeschooling

Uganda: Providing emergency cash assistance to high-need families, offering distance education resources

Zambia: Training hundreds of volunteers to aid in math and literacy distance learning, supporting the Zambian Ministry of Education in distributing self-study materials nationally to children

Kenya: Providing educational and play materials to refugee children
Trócaire Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe  Making emergency cash transfers to families encompassing nearly 5,000 people to ensure they can buy food at market and implementing a radio campaign to disseminate information about COVID-19 and health precautions in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe

Grants to organizations based in Spain will help people in eight countries access essential food, health, education, and hygiene resources.

Acción contra el Hambre                 

Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru                                                                    

Providing food assistance, hygiene kits, and consultation around nutrition, reproductive health, and mental health through a program reaching tens of thousands of people in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru             

Ayuda en Acción

Central and South America               Supporting distance education and the transition to digital learning, providing food assistance, and implementing COVID-19 transmission reduction                                                                                                                    
Save the Children Spain
Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Nicaragua Supporting people in Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, and Nicaragua in accessing essential resources from remote education, to food and other basics, to child protective services, to hygiene supplies 

Grants aim to help children in four countries overcome the barriers of the pandemic to keep learning and receive the medical care they need.

Friends Without A Border


 Meeting rising demand for quality free pediatric medical care to families from a wide geographic region around Luang Prabang, Laos

Malala Fund

India and Pakistan

Enabling trusted partners to deliver programming in India and Pakistan to help girls continue their education during school closures, avoid dropping out of school, stay safe, and find mentorship and support

United World Schools 
 Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia  Facilitating remote education in Nepal, Myanmar, and Cambodia while schools remain closed due to the pandemic, as part of a project that will reach 28,000 students

SNF grants focus on helping deliver food, basic necessities, psychological resources, and educational support, and other aid to people in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

Access to Food, Mental Health Support, and Meeting Other Essential Needs

Acción Contra El Hambre Spain Providing cash transfers for essentials such as food to over a hundred families from vulnerable groups, including survivors of gender-based violence and single-head households
Association Coup de Pouce France Reaching nearly 2,000 students with supplemental education through summer and afterschool clubs around France
Associazione CasAmica Italy Providing psychological support to the community and supporting emergency relief at its care home in Lecco 
Associazione Dynamo Camp Italy Engaging children with serious and chronic illnesses in online recreational therapy activities, including through online workshops for hospitals and foster homes
Associazione Italiana Persone Down Italy
Increasing capacity at inclusive day centers, delivering autonomy courses and tutoring, and assisting the return to school for people with Down syndrome
Ayuda en Acción Spain
Supporting the Resilient Digital Schools project in helping to close the digital gap and meet basic needs for students and families
Barça Foundation Spain/ Catalonia
Offering food and psychosocial support through Red Cross Catalonia, particularly for the elderly and those experiencing homelessness, and through the Government of Catalonia's food program for vulnerable children
 CRESCER Portugal  Delivering hundreds of meals from a social enterprise restaurant to people on the streets
Doctors of the World Spain Spain
Renewing previous SNF support, the new grant provides psychological services, hygiene kits, food and other essentials, and public health information to tens of thousands of those living most precariously in Spain
EMERGENCY Italy Running permanent and mobile care clinics for thousands of people in nine regions of Italy and delivering food, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to thousands of households across four provinces
Enfance et Partage France Aiming to prevent child abuse through psychological support
Fundación Tomillo Spain Preparing up to 300 teenage students to transition to remote secondary vocational education through a five-week digital immersion bootcamp
Fondazione Progetto Arca Italy Providing food, shelter, and essentials to people experiencing homelessness, the elderly, and families in need
Grandes Amigos Spain Offering remote emotional support to nearly a thousand seniors through the efforts of as many volunteers
Intersos Italy Providing shelter, psychosocial and socio-educational support, a healthcare clinic, and other essential services to more than 2,700 migrant women, children and young adults in Rome
Plena Inclusion Spain Helping meet emergency needs arising from the crisis for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Save the Children Italy Italy Offering summer classes, psychological support, workshops on educational activities parents can do with children, and food and other necessities to families and support to teachers and schools in adapting to new learning environments, through a program reaching over 100,000 young people total
Save the Children Spain Spain Offering summer classes, assistance to bridge the digital divide, a psychological support helpline, exercise activities, and more to over 2,000 families, 44% of which are single-parent families
SOLETERRE Italy Offering psychological support to over 500 frontline medical staff, patients, and families in Italy’s hard-hit north
The French Red Cross France Distributing emergency food aid and referrals for psychological support through tens of thousands of staff and volunteers
The Italian Red Cross Italy Distributing food and hygiene kits to struggling families and offering a 24/7 psychological support phone line that receives thousands of calls each day
The Spanish Red Cross Spain Distributing food and essentials at the country level
Unis Cité France Making personal protective equipment available to young people participating in a civic service program in France in which they lend support to older adults, encompassing companionship, mobility support, and more

Two grants active in the UK and across Europe aim to help provide long-term stability to one of the most vulnerable populations, people on the street and without homes.

Marie Curie United Kingdom
Offering services for people in the United Kingdom living with terminal illnesses and their loved ones, including a phone and web chat support line, individual bereavement support from trained volunteers, and a befriending service to check in on isolated people
The International Network of Street Papers Foundation Europe Assisting 40 street papers in places like Greece, Italy, Serbia, and Hungary in adapting to the realities of the pandemic by making changes like transitioning to cashless payment                                                                                                                                                  

The Spires Centre London  Hiring a Tenancy Support Worker to assist with housing needs in South London 

Greece has a special place in SNF’s heart and work, being our birthplace. Particularly cognizant of the fact that Greece has been in the process of overcoming a deep ten-year socioeconomic crisis, SNF has given special care to addressing immediate needs and risks specific to the nation in collaboration with the public sector. 

Access to Food and Clean Clothes

ARSIS Thessaloniki Delivering services and referrals to help vulnerable populations access key social services and public benefits, along with other primary health care and mental health resources 
Boroume Greece Implementing a transparent voucher system in coordination with Greek municipalities to provide impacted families with food in the middle term of the crisis, implemented from September to December 2020
Faros Athens  Supporting unaccompanied refugee children experiencing homelessness through a drop-in center and street work to help them meet basic needs like food, hygiene items, and protected accommodation and access psychosocial services, sports activities, and educational programming
FC Barça Foundation Lesbos Bolstering social sports programming offering emotional and psychological support for refugee children and young people on the island of Lesbos to include a third more participants
Central Union of Greek Municipalities (KEDE) Greece Providing food supplies through Social Food Outlets in municipalities around Greece for the immediate support of people suffering from the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic. The grant will be implemented with the collaboration and supervision of Deloitte to ensure fast, effective, and transparent distribution of the supplies


Greek Patients Association Greece Offering a helpline to support and empower people living with serious and chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes, and compromised immune systems who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, holistically assisting and guiding people through nearly a thousand calls a month                   
Iliahtida Crete Using the expertise of a staff psychologist and social worker to aid in the organization’s core mission of providing free accommodation and psychological support to children traveling to Heraklion for cancer treatment at the University Hospital, as well as to their families
Initiative for the Child Greece Maintaining uninterrupted support for the operation of a day center serving hundreds of minors at risk from domestic violence, negligence, and extreme poverty as cases and needs increase under the pandemic                                                                       
Ithaca Laundry Greece Providing mobile laundry services to people experiencing homelessness in Athens while offering on-site work placement and employability skill-building for people from the same population

Médecins Sans Frontières

(half of a two-part grant to MSF)

Samos, Lesvos (half of a two-part grant to MSF): Providing emergency medical and COVID-19 support and essential supplies to refugees on the islands of Samos and Lesvos, including those impacted by the devastating fires in the Moria refugee camp that followed on the heels of a COVID-19 outbreak in the camp 

Pnoi Agapis

Athens  Offering dignified accommodation and psychosocial support to low-income cancer patients from across Greece who need to travel to Athens to receive hospital treatment 
SolidarityNow Athens  Providing essential services to vulnerable populations severely impacted by the pandemic at the Athens Solidarity Centre, including direct social services, legal aid, employability assistance, interpretation services, and more

Mental Health Support
A comprehensive effort with the Greek Ministry of Health to provide psychological support in response to needs engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic

Direct Support for Frontline Greek Hospital Staff
Under the current circumstances, the Foundation is taking the extraordinary step of providing $7.5 million in support directly to the most critical element of the country’s health system: individual hospital staff. An SNF gesture of appreciation to be shared equally among more than 4,600 frontline nurses, doctors, and cleaning personnel working in ICUs at COVID-19 clinics will acknowledge the altruistic efforts of these heroes on the front line of efforts against the pandemic in Greece who risk their lives to save others.

Bolstering health infrastructure in Greece through collaboration with the public sector is a longtime and continuing focus for SNF, which is already in the middle of a more than $400 million Health Initiative in the country. As part of this effort, renovation of the second ICU and the ER at Evangelsimos Hospital in Athens is underway through a partnership between
SNF and Thanasis and Marina Martinos.

Support for ICUs and Testing
A more than $17.9 million grant from SNF supports the renovation of facilities in 15 hospitals around Greece to accommodate the addition of 155 Intensive Care Units  and 19 High Dependency Beds, as well as professional training for ICU medical staff.

SNF will also support a five-year training program for doctors and nurses working in ICUs. Following SNF’s five-year grant, the training program will be continued by the Greek state.

Following the project schedule, facilities for 145 new ICU and HDU beds have already been delivered at the following hospitals: KAT, Evangelismos, Attikon University General Hospital, Paidon Agia Sofia, Ippokrateio Hospital Athens, Korgialenio-Benakio, Tzaneio, Vostanio Lesvos, Lamia General Hospital, G. Gennimatas, Agios Dimitrios and Ippokrateio in Thessaloniki, Agios Georgios in Chania, Venizelio in Heraklion and the University General Hospital of Heraklion. Beds in the new facilities are expected to serve more than 6,500 patients each year.

The remaining renovation work at Evangelismos General Hospital and the University General Hospital of Heraklio (PAGNI) is currently suspended in accordance with guidelines set by the Ministry of Health, since their status as COVID-19 referral hospitals does not allow work to be performed on their premises at this time.

In May 2020, a €7.7 million grant—made as part of SNF’s Health Initiative—was completed for procurement of equipment at Evangelismos, including 850 beds, out of which 53 are destined for ICUs, HDUs, and the Heart Attack Unit. The grant contributed to upgrades in the services of more than 10 departments, including the Emergency Room, the Artificial Kidney Unit, and the operating rooms, in addition to the ΙCUs, the HDUs, and the Heart Attack Unit. 

SNF is also making a more than $4 million grant to significantly bolster Greek health services’ ability to test widely for COVID-19 and consequently implement data-based measures to contain the virus. The grant will provide two molecular testing systems and 240,000 units of reagent, aiming to significantly increase Greece’s daily testing capacity. One of these new systems will be placed at the Hellenic National Blood Transfusion Center (EKEA) in Athens, where the majority of current testing is taking place, and the other will go to the Blood Center at AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki

To further its immediate efforts to help the vulnerable around the globe, SNF has made a flexible $3 million grant to aid UNICEF’s global COVID-19 response initiatives in the key areas of educational access, psychological services, and supporting those on the front lines with protective equipment and basic emergency supplies. UNICEF’s unparalleled network, including the organization’s Supply Division that operates the world’s largest emergency supply warehouse, makes it uniquely suited to getting vital goods out quickly where they are needed most.


  • Young 1ove Organization, Nepal and Kenya: Delivering remote mathematics instruction in Kenya and Nepal using low-tech methods, developing programming to translate proven remedial education techniques to remote learning, and sharing findings to improve education systems

Another multi-continent grant to Lifebox aims to help meet a basic but critical need in healthcare settings in countries across Africa, Central and South America, and Asia.

  • Lifebox: Supplying pulse oximeters, critical in care for COVID-19 patients; conducting country-specific training workshops; and making interactive online training available

Our ability to track the spread of the disease will be critical to how the coming months take shape. SNF is proud to support Johns Hopkins University with a $3 million grant in the immediate launch of a much-needed COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative to provide governments, businesses, and the public with comprehensive testing data paired with expert analysis and guidance. The initiative is the outcome of longtime collaboration between SNF and many areas of Johns Hopkins University, including the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and will provide efficient access to the information needed to make crucial decisions moving forward.

A $3 million SNF grant to The Rockefeller University, expanding on a longstanding partnership, bolsters round-the-clock research related to COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it underway in 18 Rockefeller labs.

A grant to the Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital will help create a biobank open to all researchers with the purpose of understanding the impact and behavior (including transmission patterns) of COVID-19 in children and pregnant women, as well as a public-facing, multilingual informational site.