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Here are two ways the Frontline Families Fund is supporting families of frontline workers who’ve died of COVID-19.

In November 2020, the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation launched the Frontline Families Fund. This partnership with epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm provides direct financial support to families and scholarships for post-secondary education to the children of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

More than 3,600 donors across all 50 states and beyond have supported the Frontline Families Fund and raised nearly $1.8 million.

The Fund also attracted a lot of celebrity support, including singer Josh Groban who recently shared a video on Instagram to bring awareness to the fund.

Support for the fund even made its way to Broadway. Stage performers Rachel York, Kay Trinidad and Christine Pedi released the single “Stay at Home” written by Ben Rauch to ensure these families get the support they need during this difficult time.

Grant applications are now being accepted. Families who have lost a healthcare worker or volunteer to COVID-19 can apply.

COVID-19’s Impact on the BIPOC Community

COVID-19 has impacted all of us in various ways, especially those in the BIPOC community. In these communities, Black people are 50 percent more likely to work in healthcare and social assistance industries and 40 percent more likely to work in hospitals. The Latinx community has been similarly affected.

Underlying issues such as health care, housing, education, criminal justice and finance also play a major factor. In addition, they are also more likely to live in multigenerational homes, crowded conditions and densely populated areas, which makes social distancing more difficult for BIPOC communities in comparison to white people.

Accessing the Funds

Funds from the Frontline Families Fund are dispersed via the Brave of Heart Fund and Scholarship America.

The Brave of Heart Fund provides cash grant awards to families for financial support, such as funeral costs, medical care, counseling, food, educational expenses of children and other dependents currently in school, mortgage and or rent payments and living expenses.

This Fund also offers two forms of grants that may range up to $60,000 - one being an initial grant of $15,000 for immediate support and a second grant for continuing needs and long-term expenses. The exact amount of any grant will depend on a variety of factors including the applicant’s demonstration of financial need and availability of funds. Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2021. Families who have lost a frontline worker or volunteer to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship America provides the children of healthcare workers who’ve lost a parent to COVID-19 with post-secondary scholarships to cover educational expenses.

There is currently no deadline on applications for Scholarship America. For youth who apply, priority will be given to families who are historically underserved and those who have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship application will launch in Spring of 2021, for enrollment in Fall 2021.

Learn more about the Frontline Families Fund and spread the word to families you think may benefit from the support of Scholarship America or the Brave of Heart Fund.

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