Eight hospitals, 13 non-governmental organizations and three municipalities are among the applicants who received funding from the United Against COVID-19 Fund in the second and final call for proposals. If more funds are raised, the Fund will be able to support more of the submitted proposals. Thirty-two projects were approved and will receive a total of BGN 287,509 in the second round. The maximum amount allocated per organization, as is BGN 10,000.
In its two rounds, the Fund supported a total of 106 organizations all over Bulgaria – hospitals and other medical entities, NGOs, municipalities, community centers, as well as social initiatives of micro and small enterprises. The funding of BGN 961,493 will be used to purchase medical and personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals tending to coronavirus patients, as well as food, medicines and protective equipment for the elderly, the sick, children, unemployed, disadvantaged and other vulnerable groups.
"United against COVID-19" Fund was created on the initiative of the Bulgarian Donors Forum, America for Bulgaria Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria to support local communities in Bulgaria severely affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The Fund received a total of 693 applications in two weeks. Most of them (303) were from NGOs, followed by 110 municipalities and 100 community centers. Fifty-five hospitals and 26 medical institutions also applied. Most applicants were based in small cities. One hundred organizations proposed activities with regional and national coverage.
The United founders are grateful for the generous support of: The Coca-Cola Foundation, America for Bulgaria Foundation, ContourGlobal Maritza East 3, NEPI Rockcastle, Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation, ING Bank NV, Progress Software, Citibank, Johnson & Johnson Bulgaria, UniCredit Bulbank, Glavbolgarstroy, TELUS International Europe, Tsetska and Grozdan Karadjovi, Svetozar Georgiev, Trust for Social Achievement, AES 3C Maritza Iztok 1, Paraflow Communications, Mylan, EXL Servise Bulgaria, Blagotvoritel Foundation, AIG Europe SA (Bulgaria branch), Fadata, Green Step Club, Rossen Ivanov, Krassimir Nenov, Titan Machinery Bulgaria, and six individual donors.
Press release can be found here: UNITED Press Release May 5
Those who wish to contribute to the Fund can do so at the following bank account:
United Bulgarian Bank
Bulgarian Donors Forum