Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Eugene M. Lang Foundation has resolved to increase our 2021 grant budget by at least $1 million in order to distribute a minimum of $1 million in emergency grants. These emergency grants will mainly be focused on New York City, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco and Columbia County, NY, and they will address the following urgent needs:


  • Emergency Food Distribution
  • Supporting Vulnerable Populations (including immigrants, people without homes, and justice-involved individuals)
  • Supporting Healthcare Staff 
  • Supporting Artists and the Arts Community
  • Addressing Educational Inequality
  • Supporting Urgent Needs of Long-time Grantee Partners


In 2020, the Foundation distributed over $1,500,000 in emergency grants to the following organizations:

A New Way of Life

Aim High for High School

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Borough of Manhattan Community College COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund    

Bowery Mission

Broadway Cares  

Brooklyn Community Foundation  

Chester Children’s Chorus

City Harvest  

City Living NYC  

City Meals on Wheels  

Columbia County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Community Servings  


Father McKenna Center  

Food Bank for NYC  


God’s Love We Deliver

Greater Boston Food Bank

Hudson Link

I Have A Dream Foundation

Martha’s Table  

Miriam’s Kitchen 

Neighbors Together

New Mexico Community Foundation

NY Health + Hospitals Covid-19 Relief Fund  

NYP-Queens Emergency Support Fund  

Northeastern Food Bank

Rosie’s Place  

San Francisco/Marin County Food Bank

So Others Might Eat


Theater Community Benevolent Fund

Thrive East of the River

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corp.

World Central Kitchen



Responding to this unprecedented crisis has required unprecedented effort and ingenuity. We are taking every precaution and implementing every practice to ensure the health and wellbeing of our guests and staff—while maintaining the operation of our critical emergency services. We offer to-go meals in our dining room, a week’s supply of groceries from our food pantry, and both daytime and overnight shelter to homeless women.  It is friends like you who enable us to keep our doors open and our support constant—for every woman who needs us. Thank you helping to make this possible

 – Rosie’s Place



Thank you so much for your contribution to our youth in this time of crisis. We have seen an increased need for direct financial assistance to our youth – paying portions of rent, paying internet or phone bills to keep youth connected, and sending food packages directly to their doors via food delivery services such as Instacart. So many of our clients suddenly found themselves out of work with no way to manage their monthly expenses. While we pride ourselves on our model of developing independence for our youth, we have responded to this need, as any parent would. We have also seen an increased need for our social work staff to provide emotional support, as the isolation itself is extremely triggering. We are committed to seeing our youth through this crisis and getting back on track for the future, and we know they will. We are so thankful for the support of the Lang Foundation, who has cared about our mission and our youth long before this crisis began. We truly appreciate your continued support, especially in these uncertain times.

– City Living NY



The money raised by the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will help pay for care, testing and other coronavirus-related costs at The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. It also will support vital Actors Fund programs providing emergency financial assistance, health insurance and counseling to actors, stage managers, musicians, stagehands and backstage personnel, front of house staff and ushers, company managers and anyone in the industry dealing with the effects of the pandemic…The last few days have been overwhelming as we begin to see just a hint of the health complications and fears, as well as economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Please extend our gratitude to everyone at the foundation for joining us in this effort. You are making a tremendous difference for so many in this complicated and confusing time.

– Broadway Cares