Brookline, MA (September 8, 2021) – With COVID-19 cases again on the rise nationally, the negative economic impact of the pandemic continues for nonprofit organizations across the country. In response, the Board of Directors of All Points North Foundation is awarding its second round of COVID-19 Urgent Funding Grants, totaling $400,000 in general operating support for 10 of its current grantees. All Points North Foundation previously awarded $360,000 in COVID-19 grants in June 2020.
A private foundation, All Points North Foundation funds U.S.-based nonprofits in two areas:
- Public middle school education, specifically social emotional learning programs for students in grades 6-8 and professional development for teachers in underserved communities, whether urban or rural, and
- Advancing the adoption of solar energy through education, job training and use of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, particularly through solar installations for small-to mid-sized science centers and in Tribal communities.
“The pandemic closed off critical revenue and fundraising streams for so many nonprofits,” said Board Chair Larry Promisel. “We are pleased to provide this additional funding and give grantees the flexibility to apply the money to their most pressing organizational needs.”
In public education, a multitude of challenges were created by COVID-19 which amplified inequities in the educational system, particularly in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. When schools went online, under-resourced school districts were at a significant disadvantage in terms of not having adequate funding to get laptops and internet access to students and families quickly versus their counterparts in more affluent school districts. In many cases, teachers felt unprepared and unsupported with the shift to virtual learning. For nonprofits working in the education sector, demand for services in areas like mentoring, training, crisis response and social emotional support for both students and teachers increased exponentially while revenue and staffing were stretched. For grantees in the solar energy sector, the pandemic’s disruption severely interrupted on-site job training programs and supply chains, creating shortages of key materials. Many projects were stalled or construction completely stopped, particularly on Tribal lands which were closed to non-community members.
“We are deeply humbled to be working with so many amazing grantees across the U.S. to address inequities that long have been present but are now even more visible given this global pandemic,” said Executive Director Laura Staich. “Despite the hardship of the last year-and-a-half, they have displayed incredible resilience, and we are pleased to be able to provide important general operating support to them at this time.”
Including the COVID-19 Urgent Funding Grants, All Points North Foundation has awarded more than $4.65 million since its inception in 2011, impacting over 390,000 lives nationwide.