Bucks guard Jrue Holiday and wife Lauren donate $1 million in grants to Black-led nonprofit organizations and businesses

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- Milwaukee Bucks guard and NBA All-Star Jrue Holiday and his wife Lauren, a two-time Olympics gold medalist, are donating one million dollars in grants to Black-led nonprofit organizations and Black-owned businesses.

The couple opened the second round of applications for the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Impact Fund (JLH Fund) on Monday, May 17. The fund had a successful first round of grant distribution and support in the fall.

Officials say Jrue pledged the remainder of his 2019-2020 NBA salary, $5.3 million, to create the fund.

The focus of the grants will be in Milwaukee, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles. Priority is given to organizations focused on social impact and creating a more equitable future for underserved communities.

“When we first decided to start this fund, it was at an inflection point of two pandemics - the disproportionate effects that COVID-19 had on the Black community and businesses, and equally as devastating, the murders of George Floyd and many other unarmed Black people - resulting in an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help people through the JLH Fund and will continue to do this work and make the greatest impact possible,” said the Holidays.

Applicat6ions for the JLH Social Impact Fund are open from May 17 through May 28. To apply, click here

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