COVID-19: Philip L. Graham Fund grantmaking update

In response to the unprecedented challenges caused by and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philip L. Graham Fund decided in March to focus our 2020 grantmaking on current and past grantee partners as well as collective emergency response efforts in the community.

Early this year, the Fund also made a number of changes to our standard practices in an effort to increase our commitment to the community and alleviate unnecessary burdens on our grantee partners during this crisis.  The Fund 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 over $4.5 million in grants to local organizations this year and is on track to award over $7 million in grants by the end of the 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 will begin accepting new applications, for funding in early 2021, on November 20th.

Last updated: November 6, 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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