Grantmaking Priorities

Updated Friday, March 27, 2020

Due to the public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic – an international medical emergency that we have not witnessed before in our lifetimes – and its devastating impact on our economy, the Annenberg Foundation has temporarily repositioned its priorities in order to provide critical support where it’s most needed now, and in the months to come.

As a result, the Foundation is temporarily suspending the receipt of online grant applications. In order to provide support where it’s most needed during this crisis, we are currently conducting grantmaking by invitation only. We thank you for your understanding, and as this is a rapidly changing set of circumstances, we welcome you to check back periodically for updates.

Our current priorities for grantmaking are as follows:

  • Emergency Response – The COVID-19 First Fund will fund those organizations that are on the frontline of the crisis – healthcare first responders; those who work directly with unhoused populations and the elderly; those delivering food to the underserved; and child care providers for first responders and hospital workers.
    Please note, these categories may change as the crisis worsens and the most urgent needs change.
  • Current Grantees – We will undertake an immediate survey of our current Annenberg CGM grantees to assess which organizations are in a position to offer immediate and coordinated support to the most vulnerable in our communities.
  • Recession Readiness – We know that even as we get through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people will still need critical support and services due to a rise in unemployment, a sharp decline in the economy, and a national recession. We will work with our current Annenberg CGM grantees to make sure that there’s alignment between their recession contingency plans and ours. We want to be mindful that we will need to have the resources down the road to assist those in need.