News | May 21

Life Science Cares Announces $165,000 in Additional Grants

Industry continues to support COVID-19 Response with financial donations, in-kind donations and virtual volunteering

Today Life Science Cares announced an additional round of grants under the organization’s COVID-19 Response Fund, contributing $165,200 to nine nonprofit organizations providing food, shelter and other critical supplies to people in need. That brings the total of grants from the new fund to $910,200 for 27 nonprofit organizations.

“As the pandemic and its impacts evolve, the level of critical response, support and innovation these organizations are providing is inspiring,” said Executive Director Sarah MacDonald. “We are thrilled to provide resources to help in real-time as our nonprofit partners serve the community in need.”

Life Science Cares organizes biopharma executives and employees to fight poverty in the community. LSC launched the COVID-19 Response Fund on March 18th and has raised $1.75 million to date. 100% of contributions to the fund go to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Greater Boston-area residents in need.

Fundraising for the Fund has reached $1.75 million, including Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Biogen, Amgen, Sanofi Genzyme, Collegium Pharmaceutical, EMD Serono, Alnylam, Ipsen, Cambridge Trust, Evelo Biosciences, Moderna, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Beam Therapeutics, Takeda, Agios, Marsh & McLennan, CRISPR Therapeutics, Surface Oncology, Albireo Pharma, Dyne Therapeutics, Gemini Therapeutics, Frequency Therapeutics, Kaleido, Nimbus Therapeutics, Imara, Xilio Therapeutics, 5 AM Ventures, Syros, Magenta Therapeutics, Spero Therapeutics, LMK Consulting, Kymera Therapeutics, Rome Therapeutics, Foundation Medicine, Triplet Therapeutics, Obsidian Therapeutics, Arkuda, Vedere, Vita Data Sciences, Translate Bio, Cadent, and the Atlas Venture portfolio.

This latest round of grant funding was awarded to ABCD, City Sprouts, Community Cooks, Dignity Matters, Madison Park Development Corporation, Project Bread, St. Francis House and The Wily Network.

The organization continues to leverage multifaceted partnerships with grantees, offering support well beyond the financial contribution, including virtual volunteer engagement, strategic support and in-kind donations of goods critical to ensure residents health and safety now.

To contribute to the Life Science Cares COVID-19 Response Fund, visit http://lifesciencecares.org/get-involved/covid-response/.

Grant details:

ABCD: To support rental assistance for households that have seen their income significantly reduced as a result of the pandemic, especially those not eligible for unemployment assistance.

City Sprouts: To fund a part-time gardener to maintain school-based gardens throughout the summer and grow produce for people in need via a partnership with Food for Free.

Community Cooks: To provide fresh meals to individuals and families in Greater Boston, Cambridge & Somerville quarantined due to a positive or presumptive positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Dignity Matters: To cover the costs of three months’ supply of menstrual care products for 800 women and girls in need in the MetroWest region.

Madison Park Development Corporation: To launch a fund supporting Boston-based minority and women-owned contractors as they go back to work (help them buy the new required PPE, draft safety plans, etc.)

Project Bread: To support staffing the Food Source Hotline which connects residents across Massachusetts for food resources close by.

St. Francis House: To support ongoing activity at the Resource Center and Recovery Support Center helping guests connect to services and resources.

Victory Programs: To fund increased food costs for the organization’s nineteen programs, including emergency family shelters, residential recovery programs and resource center for individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The Wily Network: To help students with housing and food expenses expected as college campuses close down this summer.