The Barra Foundation has awarded a total of $520,000 to 115 area nonprofits for relief from the financial strains of the coronavirus pandemic.
The largest grant, $100,000, is going to the PHL COVID-19 Fund being administered by the Philadelphia Foundation to help the region’s most vulnerable populations.
Barra’s board boosted its support for Food Connect by $50,000, and has awarded five grants totaling $100,000 to recovery efforts in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties.
Additionally, Barra, based in Wayne, awarded grants of $2,500 each to 108 groups it funded previously, between 2013 and 2019. All of the grants are for general operating support.
This $520,000 round of funding, only the first expected response by the foundation to the coronavirus crisis, aims to balance “how we can act now and address some immediate needs but continue to think about the intermediate and the longer term,” said Kristina L. Wahl, Barra Foundation president.