BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Morgan State University announced Thursday that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to advance efforts and programs to address challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant comes as part of nearly $5 million that the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded nationwide to rapidly address COVID-19-related needs and relieve budget shortfalls.

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The Center for the Study of Religion and the City at Morgan worked with the Black Church Food Security Network, BUILD Baltimore: Turnaround Tuesday workforce reentry program and others to develop the successful grant proposal.

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Morgan State said the grant will provide aid to Baltimore City communities that have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Portions of this funding will also be used to provide Morgan students with research stipends to help document and reflect on the work being executed through the CSRC.

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