Since the start of 2021, the Luce Foundation has awarded $2.3M in urgent needs grants to assist art institutions, indigenous knowledge leaders, AAPI communities, and groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
As sectors have begun to recover, many organizations have begun to shift their attention from response and relief to understanding the extent of the pandemic's effects and reinventing broken systems.
A grant to First Nations Development Institute will provide fellowships for Native American elders—a group that has been especially vulnerable to COVID-19—supporting knowledge leaders who have dedicated their lives to preserving the culture and history of their peoples.
A project at Columbia University will focus on addressing the individual and communal sense of loss experienced by those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic: Black, Latinx, immigrant and undocumented communities, women, and people with disabilities. Scholars, artists, and activists will work together to envision how these losses can be mourned and remembered.
The Council on Foreign Relations will examine the impact of COVID-19 through a global lens, researching how the pandemic has impacted politics and societies and exacerbated challenges to democracy.
These grants, combined with those distributed in 2020, bring the Foundation’s total emergency grantmaking to more than $13.8 million.