The grant will support our work to advance and strengthen COVID-19 response

Bangalore, Karnataka July 27, 2021 — Karuna Trust was awarded a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its work to strengthen COVID-19 response in Primary Health Care.

The grant is part of roughly $80 million in awards MacArthur announced today in support of the foundation’s Equitable Recovery initiative, centered on advancing racial and ethnic justice. The initiative is funded by MacArthur’s social bonds, issued in response to the crises of the pandemic and racial inequity.

“As we emerge from this moment of crisis, we have an opportunity to improve the critical systems that people and places need to thrive. Our systems and structures must be rebuilt,” said MacArthur President John Palfrey. “We are committed to ensuring that our response to the pandemic is focused on supporting the reimagining of systems that create a more just, equitable, and resilient world.”

Karuna Trust is one of the 35 organizations receiving grants for advancing the Public Health Equity and COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery focus area of the Foundation’s initiative. Public Health Equity and COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery supports improving access to resources for immediate health challenges while advancing new policies, models, and structures to support a more equitable and resilient public health sector in the future.


Equitable Recovery Initiative 


In the fall of 2020, MacArthur established a $125 million Equitable Recovery Initiative. The Foundation deployed $40 million of bond proceeds through 24 grants. Initial grants focused on strengthening voter mobilization and election protection, addressing anti-Black racism, and supporting Native Americans impacted by COVID-19. Grants also supported Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in Chicago, technology and justice, and a fund for social entrepreneurs advancing racial equity.

View all Equitable Recovery grantees.

MacArthur media contact: Kristen Mack, kmack@macfound.org

Karuna Trust Media contact: Venkat Chekuri, venkatchekuri.kt@gmail.com, 944959560



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