In March, a group of foundations teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to launch The PHL COVID-19 Fund to provide relief support to regional nonprofit organizations struggling under the ongoing lockdown.

Philadelphia’s nonprofit institutions have been hit hard by the global pandemic, with organizations laying off staff, cutting programs, and canceling entire performance seasons. Nonprofits were dealt another blow when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts will freeze payments to organizations that have already won grants from the state. This move has devastated arts and culture organizations, some of which have already spent resources in connection to their grants and are now left with the tab.

In the face of a sector-wide recession, foundations and advocacy organizations have launched a handful of relief funds to assist nonprofits through this tumultuous period. The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund launched The COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund to help individual artists and arts organizations.

The PHL COVID-19 Fund—which awards grants to organizations working on the frontlines of the pandemic—has now given $13 million to nearly 400 regional nonprofits. The latest round of grants distributed $2.4 million to 87 nonprofits. A complete list of recipients can be found here.

You can make a difference today by donating to The PHL COVID-19 Fund and The COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund to help the region’s most vulnerable populations and safeguard Philadelphia’s prized cultural legacy.


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