The scale of COVID-19’s effects means that funders everywhere need better tools for understanding where their funds can do the most good. This dashboard is one of the first efforts we are aware of to collect grant award data across multiple funders and visualize them against indicators of community need. It reflects $40,133,289 of grant awards from 13 COVID-19 response funds in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. By visualizing funding to date and where need remains high, this dashboard serves as a community asset to help all funders plan beyond the initial relief efforts.
The Need: A Snapshot
Rapid Response: PHL Nonprofits and COVID-19 Survey, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office; data from nonprofit respondents from 10 counties, May 15, 2020
What community needs are grants meant to address?
We coded grants to the following community needs: Economic Activity, Education, Health, Human Services, Housing, Community and Public Service, Legal / Civil Rights, Reliable Information, and Religion. Because up to four community needs could be assigned to each grant, the total in the visualization exceeds the amount of total dollars awarded. Visit Methodology to read how we identified these needs and corresponding sub-categories.
Who are grants meant to help?
We asked grantees to provide information about special populations they serve, when applicable. Funds and grants where no special population was given are visualized as “Undesignated population.”
Where did the money go?
We visualized grants awarded at the county-level service level for 13 funds. In addition to the 10-county area that was the focus of this project, the funds awarded grants in Luzerne and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania, Cecil County in Maryland, and Gloucester, Middlesex, Ocean, and Salem counties in New Jersey.
How well were grants aligned with need?
This map shows grant awards by service area — i.e., the geographic area the grantee serves (vs. office address) — overlaid with data from the Social Vulnerability index, a composite of need that includes 15 social factors, including poverty, lack of vehicle access, and crowded housing. Darker shades of blue show Census tracts with more relative need compared to grant awards. They represent areas where future funding may be especially needed.