The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has announced that it is dedicating $50 million in funding to support nonprofit organizations addressing the health-related needs of New Yorkers as a direct result of COVID-19.
The Foundation will distribute the funds across New York State by way of the Coronavirus Emergency Support Grants. The money will be distributed to community-based emergency response funds, healthcare providers, Catholic Charities affiliates and other organizational efforts. The grants will address the health and economic impact of those most affected by this pandemic, including elderly individuals and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
“As the largest healthcare foundation in New York State, it is a vital part of our mission to be on the front lines assisting during this pandemic,” said Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Visa and Chair of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Board. “We are working to get urgently needed funds across the State to organizations supporting New Yorkers most in need.”
“New York’s poorest and most vulnerable communities are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19,” said Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. “Honoring the legacy of Mother Cabrini, we intend these grants to have a significant impact in ameliorating food insecurity, helping providers as they deliver care and services in this challenging environment, offering mental health services and sustaining other essential resources. We plan to continue to monitor the crisis and we will continue to adjust our response as needs arise.”
In order to expedite the process, emergency grants will be distributed by invitation at the present time for efforts focused on addressing New Yorkers’ health needs, as well as supporting food banks and bolstering shelter providers’ ability to ensure care for some of New York’s most vulnerable populations, to assisting clinics as they administer care to individuals with COVID-19. Earlier this month the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, which is named in memory of America’s first Saint, who was a tireless advocate for immigrants, children and the poor, announced nearly $150 million in inaugural grants.