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 three rounds of grants made so far 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. 

Broad Street Ministry Philadelphia Providing food and hygiene products to unsheltered populations, as one of few relevant providers remaining open in the city
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 and distributing millions of pounds of food
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 around a thousand meals daily, prepaid cards for personal hygiene supplies, and masks to residents of homeless shelters
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 Philadelphia 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  Providing 14,000 meals a week, a helpline, emergency cash assistance, and mental health services on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

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 Work

 New York City Providing direct cash assistance to thousands of households among the most precarious before the crisis, including in the NYC communities at the epicenter of the epicenter

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

RISE Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity

New York City Providing fresh produce to 100 families in NYC’s Rockaway Peninsula through free weekly farm shares

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

Street Vendor Project

New York City
Putting small food vendor businesses to work to provide 6,400 free meals in Sunset Park in Brooklyn and Highbridge in the Bronx

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

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
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 Meeting an exceptional level of food need across a wide area of southwestern Texas, serving tens of thousands of additional people each week
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 
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
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
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
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 Philadelphia Providing mental health services to thousands of older New Yorkers remotely

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 and Public Space
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 Helping New York City’s cultural nonprofits focus on programming by offering pooled support on administrative needs and sharing innovative solutions
 BRIC New York City Providing enriching online artistic content and support to Brooklyn’s vibrant artistic community
Dance/NYC New York City Supporting hundreds of individual dancers and dance organizations in NYC with emergency funding through the organization's COVID-19 Dance Relief Fund
International Studio & Curatorial Program New York City
Supporting contemporary artists in their practice through Reimagining Residencies, a consortium of a dozen diverse arts nonprofits in New York City, including ISCP, which is stewarding the grant
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
 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
Swiss Institute New York City Sustaining 15 NYC organizations that support artists, including the Swiss Institute, through a collaborative fund which it helps steward
United States Artists United States Disbursing emergency $5,000 grants for essential needs to individual artists around the U.S. through the Artist Relief 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.

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.
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 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
Harlem Academy New York City
Providing increased tuition assistance to families, preparing safe classrooms for the fall, and equipping students with laptops for remote learning
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
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 
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. 

Alliance for International Medical Action Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Senegal
Strengthening infection control measures in 400 health centers and 35 hospitals, adding 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients
Amref Health Africa  Uganda Working to limit the incidence of COVID-19 among more than 100,000 refugees in

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 Adapting work with people living with HIV to respond to COVID-19, including by equipping frontline staff and implementing an online mentor platform
Project Healthy Children Tanzania  Combatting micronutrient malnutrition for some two million people in Tanzania by supporting small-scale maize millers in continuing to produce fortified flour
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 

A grant to a UK-based organization will help students in three countries overcome the barriers of the pandemic to keep learning.

  • United World Schools: 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 Covering Emergency Need

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 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
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
Providing preventative support, hygiene kits, food and other essentials, and COVID-19 testing when necessary to 39,000 of those living most precariously in Spain
EMERGENCY Italy Running permanent and mobile care clinics in nine regions of Italy, enabling them to continue supporting over 8,000 patients facing Covid-19 who would lack access to information and essential care
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 Spanish Red Cross Spain Distributing food and essentials at the country level


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.

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

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

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.
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                   
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                                                                       

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 

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 will support 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.

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.

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.