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Macquarie Group Foundation COVID-19 donation fund

19 June 2020

Macquarie Group has allocated $A20 million to the Macquarie Group Foundation to support a select number of non-profit organisations working to combat COVID-19 and provide relief to affected communities. The fund will focus on recipients addressing areas of immediate and medium‑term need in regions in which Macquarie operates.

Already, $A2 million has been contributed to The Global Foodbanking Network to address critical food security needs across its network of more than 900 foodbanks in 40 countries, including meals for children as many schools around the world remain closed. The Burnet Institute has received $A1 million for its large-scale Optimise Study on social isolation and physical distancing, and the Doherty Institute has received $A1 million for its international clinical trial into the effectiveness of antivirals in preventing patients with COVID-19 from requiring intensive care.

A further $A5.3 million has been allocated across 23 non-profits internationally that are focused on direct relief efforts.

In addition to the initiatives above, the Foundation will look to support workers and businesses in restarting economic activity.

Alongside this, the Foundation is also offering flexible funding for its current grant partners to continue delivering their services in a way that appropriately reflects the changing environment. To further amplify its commitment to the community sector in this time of need, the Foundation has also signed the London Funders COVID-19 statement, Philanthropy Australia statement and the AVPN pledge.

The Foundation is not accepting unsolicited applications for this non-profit funding at this time. We are consulting with sector experts, other funders and leveraging the expertise of Macquarie staff to identify a shortlist of organisations which meet our criteria. 

Our funding recipients

Aberlour Child Care Trust

Providing urgent assistance funding to families in crisis and desperate poverty with basic essentials such as food, clothing, bedding and power cards.

Asylum Seekers Centre

Providing practical support services to people seeking asylum including emergency relief, a health service, digital access, food and emergency housing.

AYALA Foundation

Supporting the sustainable Planting for Productivity program, which involves distributing farmers’ harvest to vulnerable communities most affected by the pandemic; providing families with training to grow indigenous crops; and improving food access through enhanced knowledge and skills of growers and producers, thus creating and/or strengthening an ecosystem that effectively connects farms to tables.


Providing vulnerable communities in (i) the Amazon riverside and in (ii) São Paulo with emergency food and hygiene relief and low-income seamstresses in (iii) Rio de Janeiro with emergency financial relief during the pandemic.

Bateau Geneve

Providing food and hygiene kits to migrants, refugees and people in critical situations, as well as financial support for the trainees of their social enterprise café and other training programs.

Burnet Institute

Leading the large-scale Optimise Study on isolation/quarantine and physical distancing, providing evidence to government, community organisations and key health service groups to assist in restoring economic and recreational activities whilst keeping new infections at a low level.

Caritas Austria

Direct financial support to help people experiencing homelessness with food, accommodation and living costs. Funds will also be used to support Caritas’ counselling /advisory services (via staff costs, PPE, security and equipment) to assist employees in providing for increased service demand.

Caritas Luxembourg

Providing hardware (tablets) for residents in their refugee homes as well as financial relief to families in need in response to the needs expressed from the Corona helpline which has been set up. Funding is given to persons and families in need in Luxembourg for utilities and living expenses such as Wi-Fi, heating, rent, emergency access to Foundation Caritas Luxembourg social grocery stores.

The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Leading the international AustralaSian COVID-19 Trial (ASCOT), which aims to identify the best treatments for COVID-19 that will reduce mortality or the need for mechanical ventilation in hospitalised, but not yet critically ill patients.

The Global Foodbanking Network

Addressing critical food security needs across its network of more than 900 foodbanks in 40 countries, including meals for children as many schools around the world remain closed.


Matching essential brand-new goods donated by businesses such as clothing, hygiene, household and schooling items to Australians in need.


Providing access to basic consumables and other household items for those in cities and rural India due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and subsequently supporting daily wage earners, migrants and other vulnerable groups by activating an India-wide network of partner organisations and volunteers.

Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation are standing together to help support those in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19 and those who may be impacted by unforeseen economic conditions. Together, we have established the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund to serve our region’s most vulnerable neighbours impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hands On Hong Kong

Delivering care packages to vulnerable families and individuals.


Providing emergency financial relief, medical assistance, crisis accommodation and case management support to migrant workers in Singapore and advocating for their rights during the pandemic and beyond.

Home of Hope

Home of Hope for Girls (HoH) consists of two residential homes for girls, there are approximately 75 girls in full-time care and approximately 150 vulnerable children are supported through the outreach programme. The funds will equip the homes to enable home schooling (tablets, Wi-Fi, data), a consistent food supply and pay wages to staff to help with the maintenance and upkeep of the homes, as well as groceries, toiletries and medication.

International Rescue Committee

Launching coronavirus preparedness and response programs in over 40 countries, including the United States, Greece, Syria and Yemen. From sharing crucial information in Italy to training health care workers in Syria to continuing our vital work with refugees in the U.S., our teams are on the ground responding to the outbreak every day.

Jan Sahas

For over a decade, Jan Sahas has been working with migrant workers and vulnerable communities in India. It is providing food, ration supplies and safety kits as emergency relief support to families to survive the COVID-19 crisis with dignity.

London Community Response Fund

A collective of over 50 funders supporting groups responding to the pandemic. Coordinated by London Funders, activities include delivering essential food and supplies in the near-term, as well as providing grants to community organisations to deliver differently and meet the changing needs of communities.

Meals on Wheels

Providing meals and wellbeing checks for older people in their homes.

The PHL COVID-19 Fund

Led by the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), provides grants to non-profits throughout the Greater Philadelphia region that have a demonstrated track record of serving those most at-risk during this crisis, such as seniors, people with disabilities, and those who are experiencing homeless or who are economically disadvantaged. Grants will be used to continue community safety nets including food pantries and health services; help with preparedness and protection needs such as hygiene supplies; and ensure access to accurate, up-to-date information and available services.

Restaurants du Coeur

Direct relief in relation to the COVID-19 crisis by providing meals either in distribution centres or in food trucks, across France.

SafetyNet Primary Care

Supporting staffing and equipment for its mobile health unit to enable it to conduct COVID-19 testing for vulnerable groups, including asylum seekers, Traveller populations, migrant populations, those living poverty in overcrowded situations and homeless shelters, slowing outbreaks of the virus across the country.

Sheltering Arms

Navigating unprecedented financial challenges due to COVID-19 and to continue providing vital programs and services - early childhood education, mental health support, foster care, residential programs for homeless youth, and more - to thousands of children, youth, and families in New York City's most underserved communities.

Munich Red Cross

The Munich Red Cross will use the donation to support emergency medical services. Supporting its local volunteers: purchasing masks for care facilities, protective shields for hospitals, responding to direct health needs in the community. Funds will also to educate volunteers around hygiene, using PPE and the importance of hand washing, through facilitated sessions.

Florida's First Coast Relief Fund

Assisting Northeast Florida organisations helping individuals and families disproportionately affected by COVID-19.