Addressing COVID-19 and Racial Justice

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Provided by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced the Round 5 grantees from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia.

Data from local health districts in Northern Virginia show that COVID-19 has had a large and disproportionate impact on people of color in the region. LatinX and Hispanic residents and business owners are particularly suffering. In addition, recent events have brought into focus the inequitable civic and social systems that preexisted COVID-19. It is not only what the virus has caused. It’s what the virus has revealed.

These grants are therefore intended to both strengthen and empower communities of color in our region. These communities are fighting on the front lines of not one, but two crises, COVID-19 and racial injustice. A total of $440,000 has been awarded to 22 grantees.

Grantees from Greater Prince William

BEACON for Adult Literacy – $20,000. Support will address the pandemic in the City of Manassas and Prince William County through the integration of multilingual materials, classes, and other resources addressing COVID-19 and its health and economic fallouts.
CASA de Virginia – $20,000. Funding will support CASA de Virginia’s initiatives for recent immigrants with a focus on both COVID-19 safe actions and on continued advocacy for federal, local and state responses to the virus that are adequate and inclusive of the LatinX populations in our region.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince William County Chapter – $20,000. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince William County Chapter advocates on behalf of women and girls of color on issues of gender equity, health, education, and empowerment. The grant will help raise awareness and educate minority communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also provide PPE, disinfectants, paper products and non-perishable foods.
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