The W. M. Keck Foundation has made $10 million in grants for COVID-19 research and emergency relief efforts to USC, UCLA and a host of nonprofit groups that are on the front lines fighting the virus in Southern California, the Foundation’s Chair, Robert Day announced Thursday.
“We are proud to partner with these renowned research institutions that have exceptional scientific leaders overseeing their COVID-19 research,” said Joe Day, Co-President of the Keck Foundation.
The Keck Foundation’s grants include:
— $4 million to USC’s Keck School of Medicine COVID-19 Research Fund, to support research and related activities in five major areas intended to rapidly improve our understanding of the biology, epidemiology, treatment, and impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, and to mitigate the impact on patients, communities and society.
— $2 million to UCLA’s W. M. Keck Foundation COVID-19 Research Fund to support basic science projects aimed at understanding the SARS-CoV2 virus and the mechanisms by which it causes disease, developing new methods to detect infection, understanding why some individuals are more susceptible to life-threatening disease than others, and developing effective new therapies to treat COVID-19 infection.
— $1 million to the City of Los Angeles’ L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund and the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s COVID-19 Education Response, through the California Community Foundation. The Los Angeles City Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund is supporting families and small businesses, providing relief and equipment for healthcare workers, and services for the homeless. Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 Education Response Fund is providing student and family basic needs, devices for online/distance learning, professional-development training and infrastructure for distance learning and delivery of mental-health services.
— $3 million to charities in Southern California, providing immediate assistance and boosting emergency-response efforts that address their vulnerable clients’ pressing needs.
“The W. M. Keck Foundation is uniquely positioned as a regular partner of both world-class research institutions nationally and safety net organizations locally to help combat the effects of this virus on multiple fronts,” said Steve Keck, Co-President of the Keck Foundation. “We thank each of our partners for their heroic efforts.*”
The Keck Foundation plans to continue its nationwide science and engineering and medical research programs and to support the Los Angeles arts and culture, education, health and community service projects it regularly funds, according to a statement.
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