MacArthur Foundation announce $25 million in grants to support an equitable recovery in the US

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The MacArthur Foundation has announced $25 million in grants to support an equitable recovery in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, the first set of grants made from MacArthur’s $125 million social bond proceeds.

The grants will support 15 organisations conducting projects that work to educate and mobilise voters, combat disinformation and voter suppression, recruit and train poll workers, improve election administration, protect voters’ rights through litigation and other means, and encourage historically disenfranchised communities to participate in the upcoming elections. A further 6 organisations will receive grants totalling $10 million to aid the communities most impacted by the dual issues of COVID-19 and systemic racism, including black and Native American communities across the US.

MacArthur President John Palfrey said “Systemic racism is a clear and present danger in America. To hasten an equitable recovery and the transformation of communities in the wake of the pandemic, we are committed to a BlPOC-led reimagining of what is possible that prioritises their vision and needs.”

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