We are still in the process of making COVID-19-related grants. In early February, we provided a grant to help the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention scale up testing capacity across sub-Saharan Africa. We also provided fast and flexible funding to international organizations like the World Health Organization, and their regional offices in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, to prepare to help new COVID-19 patients in different areas of the world.
In our hometown of Seattle, we provided a grant to the local public health department to help them share important information with the public, so everyone could take appropriate measures to help prevent further spread of the disease. We also contributed to six regional COVID-19 response funds, including The Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, the Community Fund of Snohomish County, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation serving Pierce County, the Innovia Foundation serving Spokane County, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, and Philanthropy Northwest. These funds are going to community-based organizations that help groups at higher risk of contracting the disease (like health care and service industry workers) or families who may have gone from low-income to no-income because of social distancing and closures. Because people experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the foundation also contributed to three of Seattle’s homeless service providers: Mary’s Place, Plymouth Housing, and the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).
Within a few weeks of committing our first $100 million, we also announced that $50 million of that commitment would fund the new COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, which is supporting clinical trials to speed up the development of treatments for COVID-19. You can find more information about our grants in our grants database.