“United against COVID-19” Fund Donates Nearly BGN 674,000 to 74 Local Community Projects

Hospitals, civic organizations, community centers, and small businesses may submit project proposals for the second round of funding until 6:00 pm on April 27, 2020.

The “United against COVID-19” Fund will provide financial support to 74 projects in more than 65 locations in Bulgaria following the first round of applications, which ended on April 16.  The beneficiaries include hospitals, civic organizations, community centers, and social enterprises.  A total of BGN 673,984 will be allocated among the projects. The maximum amount allocated is BGN 10,000.

Most of the funding will be provided to 25 municipal hospitals and medical centers in small towns to purchase medical and protective equipment to treat patients affected by COVID-19.

In addition, the Fund will support 24 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in villages and small towns. These organizations are helping the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly, sick, unemployed, impoverished, and children.  The projects will provide food, medicines, and protective equipment to these populations.

The Fund will also help 12 municipalities, seven community centers, five micro-businesses, and one school to implement emergency measures against COVID-19.

“United against COVID-19” was established at the initiative of the Bulgarian Donors’ Forum, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria to support local communities in Bulgaria affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund has raised BGN 945,000 so far.

The Fund reviewed 437 applications from April 10 to 16.  Most of the applications (183) were from NGOs, followed by municipalities and community centers. Forty three hospitals and 18 medical institutions also applied to the Fund.  Most applications came from small cities.

The full list of approved projects can be found here: www.United4BG.org

As part of the Second Round, the Fund is still accepting applications until 6:00 pm on April 27, 2020. Applicants must complete the online application form on the “United against COVID-19” website: www.United4BG.org .

The partners wish to thank the generous donors: 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, Blagotvoritel Foundation, AIG Europe SA (Bulgaria branch), Fadata, Rossen Ivanov, Krassimir Nenov, Titan Machinery Bulgaria.

Those who wish to help in efforts to end the crisis can do so at the following bank account:

United Bulgarian Bank
IBAN BG06UBBS80021026072940
Bulgarian Donation Forum

For media inquiries only:

Ekaterina Popova, Bulgarian Donors Forum, epopova@dfbulgaria.org
Hristina Ninova, America for Bulgaria Foundation, hninova@us4bg.org
Daniel Kiryakov, AmCham Bulgaria, daniel@amcham.bg