To relieve some of the widespread financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quantum Foundation provided $250,000 in relief funding to 20 Palm Beach County nonprofits to help the organizations meet the basic needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents.
The funding will support essential needs like meals, hygiene products, rent, utility assistance, clothing, and transportation. The funding comprises the first round of awards in honor of Quantum Foundation’s 10th annual Quantum in the Community initiative. This year, $1 million has been allocated for Quantum in the Community. Usually awarded in the fall, immediate needs pushed up a partial payout of the funding, with the balance of the $1 million ($750,000) to be distributed in November.
“The COVID-19 pandemic brought forward longstanding health inequities in disinvested communities, exposing the impacts of the social determinants of health such as economic and social conditions that influence a group’s health status,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation. “Health equity is our way forward, and these vulnerable communities need culturally competent care and basic needs now more than ever. Health is not the absence of illness, but rather a positive state of physical and mental well-being, and these grants are a step in the right direction.”
Since March, Quantum Foundation has provided $900,000 in COVID-19 relief funding and an additional $650,000 outside of the Quantum in the Community grants. A committee of Quantum Foundation staff and board members carefully considers each application, and grantees must meet eligibility requirements. To learn more, visit the Quantum Foundation website here.
For information about Quantum Foundation, or to learn about applying for grants, please call 561-832-7497.
Northern Palm Beach County Nonprofit Grantees:
- Jupiter and Tequesta – $40,000
- Basic needs: CareBag provides proper hygiene to homeless and families in need. The organization provides PPEs and coordinates with local churches to provide meals.
- St. Vincent de Paul
- Financial assistance: Since COVID-19, St. Vincent has assisted 69 Jupiter residents for a total of $57,646.
- Riviera Beach and Lake Park – $30,000
- Joint Mission
- Basic needs: Joint Mission provides veterans with free, including beds, mattresses, linens, and other home necessities.
- Riviera Beach Community Outreach
- Basic needs: The organization provides direct services such as food distribution, assistance with Palm Tran discount bus passes, applying and enrollment in SNAP benefits, clothing for children and adults, and weekly on-site essential healthcare services.
- St. George’s Community Center
- Food assistance: St. George currently serves an average of 300 meals per day, Monday through Friday, and 80 meals on Saturday to homeless individuals in Riviera Beach.
- Joint Mission
- FFA Foundation
- Financial assistance: FFA Foundation helps clients in early recovery with transportation, rental, and utility assistance. In 2019, FFA gave away $51,000 in financial assistance to Palm Beach County residents.
- Hands Together
- Food and financial assistance: Over the past two and a half months, Hands Together has served 759 families (3,190 people) 4,610 ready-to-eat meals. The organization has also been working with several Haitian pastors to provide for their parishioners and has provided $14,000 in rent/utility assistance over the past three months.North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens – $30,000
- FFA Foundation