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The Knight Foundation donor-advised fund of Manatee Community Foundation has made a $400,000 investment to support COVID-19 relief and recovery in Bradenton, the foundation announced this week. Funds will be invested over the next few months to help stabilize organizations critical to the Knight Foundation's emphasis on creating connected, equitable public spaces where people want to live. Other funds will be used to engage and provide essential relief services to organizations that help inform and connect during the crisis. Once the crisis has passed, funds will assist long-term solutions for organizations supporting the downtown Bradenton area.

Knight grants are currently supporting Hispanic/Latino children and families living in the Bradenton area through UnidosNow; paycheck protection program application support for small businesses in downtown Bradenton through Realize Bradenton; and a four-month position at the Bradenton Herald to provide local reporting on the impact of COVID-19 without a paywall.

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