As COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color, frontline nonprofits have been doing the essential work of sustaining heavily affected communities.

The New York Women’s Foundation, along with Women’s Foundation California and Chicago Foundation for Women, have set up alliance-based initiatives supported by Fondation CHANEL to support women and girls vulnerable to the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.

The Brooklyn Economic Justice Project with The New York Women’s Foundation is aimed at strengthening the economic security of selected communities of low-income women and families in New York City. The project focuses on solidifying community relationships and building social capital for leaders and residents. It is working with a collection of grassroots organizations through an alliance-based model that combines grant support, peer learning, technical assistance, and dedicated networking for participating partners.

Since the first round of funding took place in March 2020, grant support has been distributed to six local organizations specializing in food justice, community development, economic security, affordable housing, urban planning and public design.