The Coronavirus has brought to the forefront, and is worsening, long-standing systemic issues of racist and unequal access to healthcare, food, and resources. The crisis has also shown the resilience, creativity, and resourcefulness of our communities. Throughout the District, we have seen individuals and community groups rapidly respond to the crisis to help those most vulnerable. Much of this work is being led by organizations that Diverse City Fund has supported.
In March, to support these community-led responses to the pandemic, Diverse City Fund moved quickly to create an emergency fund of $100,000 to offer rapid-response grants to our grantees responding to this crisis. Thanks to our donors and supporters, the fund quickly grew and $154,500 was awarded that spring. As the pandemic persisted, a second emergency round was opened in fall 2020, awarding an additional $113,500 in funding. In 202o, Diverse City Fund moved a total of $268,000 to past grantees responding to the covid-19 pandemic.
We know that local leaders of color, who have been organizing for years to meet the needs of their communities with limited resources, know what is needed and must have the resources and power to fight for justice in our city. Groups in our network are stepping up with food, supplies, information, and sustained organizing and advocacy. They are linking mutual aid with ongoing work for crucial systemic change. They have the relationships and the know-how to create change.