The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has awarded 19 grants to nonprofit organizations, including the National PKU Alliance, as part of its COVID-19 Rapid Response Leadership Series program.
The grants are intended to help patient advocacy groups obtain the training and tools they need to operate within the virtual environment necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“NORD wishes to serve as the rising tide that lifts all ships. The organizations selected for COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Grants will execute new strategies to pivot to a virtual environment, and then share their takeaways with our 320 member organizations,” Debbie Drell, director of membership for NORD, said in a press release.
Ongoing restrictions that have led to shifting away from large, in-person meetings resulted in a funding crisis for many organizations providing critical services to Americans living with a rare disorder.
As such, NORD developed the COVID-19 Rapid Response program to provide rare disease nonprofits with free educational webinars and capacity-building seed grants that can help adapt to the challenge.
Capacity-building grants total up to $15,000 to cover the costs of products and services associated with virtual tools and software platforms. They provide guidance on fundraising during a crisis, training for organizations facing problems with telework, and/or consulting on applicable human resources, development, technology, or communications demands.
“Our intention is not only for awardees to turn their own organizations around, but to help elevate all NORD members by providing their experiences firsthand,” Drell said.
To that end, lessons learned from the seed grants will be available to the public. NORD also will make other resources from the COVID-19 Rapid Response Leadership Series available through the organization’s COVID-19 Resource Center.
In April, NORD announced a separate financial aid program aimed at individuals in the rare disease community affected by the pandemic.
Called NORD COVID-19 Critical Relief Program, the initiative provides up to $1,000 annually to support critical, non-medical needs of rare disease patients and their families who may be facing monetary hardships due to the pandemic. Items covered include utility bills, cellular or internet service, car repairs, or rent and mortgage payments.
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