COVID-19: Philip L. Graham Fund Response

In response to the unprecedented challenges caused by and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philip L. Graham Fund is focusing our grantmaking on current and past grantee partners as well as collective emergency response efforts in the community.

The Fund has made a number of changes to our standard practices in an effort to increase our commitment to the community and to alleviate unnecessary burdens on our grantee partners during this crisis.  The Fund has increased our grants budget, streamlined our application process, relaxed reporting requirements and increased flexibility around the use of grant funds.  To date, the Fund has awarded just over $4 million in grants to local organizations this year.

In addition to direct grants to local nonprofits, the Philip L. Graham Fund has contributed to the collective emergency response efforts of the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and Arts Forward FundUnited Way of the National Capital Area’s Emergency Assistance FundCommunity Foundation for Northern Virginia’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia, and Arlington Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Prompt Response Fund.

The Fund concluded its last open grant round in June 2020 and is accepting applications by invitation-only for the remainder of 2020.  We will continue to consider additional ways the Fund can assist our partners and the individuals and families they support and will post any updates to our plans here.

Last updated: August 31, 2020

Named for the late Publisher of The Washington Post and President of The Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings Company), the Philip L. Graham Fund devotes its resources to the betterment of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The Fund awards several million dollars in grants annually to groups providing educational, health, community enrichment, and arts programs and services to communities in and around Washington, D.C.

What We Support

From its inception, the Fund's mission has been to use its resources for the betterment of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. In the past, the Fund also worked to foster improvements in the fields of journalism and communications. Grantees include large, regional organizations as well as small, community-based groups; all share a commitment to our community.

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