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With an emphasis on recovery, this fund targets and supports vulnerable populations and communities disproportionately affected by disasters, identifies and fills in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce, gives locally, and prioritizes grants to small nonprofits and community groups, and builds and supports collaborative relationships among donors.
The Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF), in partnership with Alliance Healthcare Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation is launching an immediate COVID-19 Response Fund for nonprofit organizations that primarily serve Imperial County. Nonprofit organizations are able to apply for a one-time grant ranging from $5,000 - $50,000.
Funds will support efforts related to food insecurity, basic supplies, rental, mortgage and utility assistance, and other emergency needs for communities and families impacted by unemployment and economic hardship due to the global pandemic.
To qualify for Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF) 2020 Imperial County COVID-19 Response Fund grant support, your organization must:
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund — Provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
As the uncertainties about the length and impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic are faced, the efforts of the nonprofits that provide services to our most vulnerable will face economic hardships and food shortages in the months ahead.
The Community Disaster Relief Fund was founded in 2015 in response to the Butte Fire. The fund was established with a gift from the Crew Family Endowment Fund. First and foremost, the fund provided assistance to the families, nonprofits and organizations impacted by the Butte Fire. The fund has remained in place in order to provide future assistance should the need arise again. That time has come!
The Community Foundation has a history of helping Amador County nonprofits and organizations and will be able to deliver monetary assistance efficiently and effectively.
The Ford Foundation, Schmidt Futures, Open Society Foundations, The JPB Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Amalgamated Foundation, and others are partnering to create a rapid response fund dedicated to helping the workers, families, and communities most devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With initial commitments over $7 million, the fund ultimately aims to raise $20 million to provide flexible funding to organizations working to prevent workers and families from sinking deeper into poverty during the initial months of the pandemic, and to support policy and advocacy efforts that center workers and families in long-term economic recovery.
We aspire towards a future in which all workers have increased economic security. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives, it’s critical to address the low-income workers and their families who have been hit the hardest. We’ve witnessed soaring job losses and longer working hours in grocery stores and hospitals across the country. We’ve seen workers and the families forced to decide between their lives and their livelihoods due to longstanding, structural challenges in our economy. These communities need direct support. We all have a role to support them.
The Families and Workers Fund is an opportunity to not just recover and return to business-as-usual, but to also build a stronger, more equitable society where there is greater economic security, opportunity, and work with dignity for all.
Direct Relief: The fund will facilitate direct cash grants and loans to individuals and businesses with a focus on those who are most likely to be left out of the government’s emergency policy response, especially workers and families who are reeling from layoffs, temporary business and school shutdowns, and struggling with caretaking duties.
Centering Vulnerable Workers and Families in the Economic Response to COVID-19: The fund will also advance economic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic that are designed with and for vulnerable workers, families, and communities by providing grants to policy and advocacy organizations, worker groups, community nonprofits, and others advancing and implementing policies and business practices that stabilize working people during the acute phase of this crisis (e.g., paid sick days and unemployment insurance) and ultimately help to center them in the long-term economic recovery.
If you are a funder interested in contributing to the Families and Workers Fund, learn more and get involved here.
If you are an individual or small donor who wants to contribute, please consider supporting Amalgamated Foundation’s Frontline Workers Fund here.
Please note, while the Families and Workers Fund is not open to applications at this time, interested organizations can register at www.justfund.us. The Just Fund platform houses a number of funds, including this one, and all funders using the platform can view all registrations. You can also reach out AnnaFink@AmalgamatedBank.com to share or request information.
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As part of the city of Anaheim's Economic Recovery Plan, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) was awarded $2 million to lead philanthropic efforts and provide immediate assistance in Anaheim. ACF launched a Rapid Response Grant Program to provide immediate financial support to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines providing meals and other vital necessities to our community.
$1.4 million will be utilized for the grant program. Awards will be given through April or as funding remains. Grants will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Nonprofits are encourage to submit requests by April 14, 2020. The grant program will be administered by Anaheim Community Foundation, in coordination with the city of Anaheim.
Artist Relief is an initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—all small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers—that have come together in this unprecedented moment guided by the understanding that the wellbeing of artists has financial, professional, social, and mental dimensions, and should be fostered with a holistic framework of support. As such, Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.
To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:
Berkeley City Council has approved $3 million for emergency relief grants to small businesses, nonprofit arts organizations, and residential tenants, that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be used only for emergency grants, and managed by the City of Berkeley. Applicants in need will be able to apply soon.
Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generations, Destination Tomorrow’s TRANScend Community Impact Fund, and Third Wave Fund have launched the COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities to get financial resources to trans-led organizations and transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary communities who are organizing in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Priority will be given to trans-led organizations with a racial justice focus. We encourage requests by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC).
Some examples of activities that may be supported by this collective’s grantmaking include, but are not limited to:
Grant sizes will range based on requests for funding. There is no minimum or maximum organizational budget criteria.
California Community Foundation launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and mid to long-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents. This fund will support community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through its Pass It Along Fund.
No Administration Fee – CCF has waived its administration fee to manage the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund. Credit card contributions remain subject to third party fees.
The fund will make grants on a rolling basis addressing emerging needs in the community with an initial focus on education, health, homelessness, and individual hardship assistance through our nonprofit partners:
Support students across Los Angeles Unified communities who no longer have the benefit of being in school every day.
In the aftermath of a disaster, immediate needs for victims can include shelter, food, cash, and other basic needs. A community’s recovery is often more complex and depends on the scope of the disaster and an affected community’s specific context and needs. For these reasons, the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports both immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery efforts for those affected by California wildfires. Since the Wildfire Relief Fund opened in 2003, we have granted more than $24 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of these devastating wildfires.
The California Fire Foundation administers a variety of programs that provide assistance to the victims, firefighters, and communities that are affected by natural disasters.
In recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the public humanities field across the state, California Humanities will direct funds from the federal CARES Act, through the National Endowment for the Humanities, to meet the emergency relief needs of organizations and individuals in order to help sustain and grow the public humanities field in California.
In keeping with California Humanities’ mission to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future, California Humanities relief and recovery grants aim to provide support to organizations that have experienced the cancellation of their public humanities activities due to a decrease or loss of revenue, programming opportunities, loss of paid staff, or venues as a result of COVID-19, as well as to humanities practitioners who are facing financial hardship.
Funding from the State of California will provide capacity-building recovery grants to assist organizations as they consider new approaches to public humanities programming and organizational strength.
Eligible individuals and organizations applicant organizations must demonstrate a track record for supporting rich and engaging public humanities work that is accessible to the people of California.
The California Immigrant Resilience Fund provides direct cash assistance to immigrant Californians who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but are excluded from federal relief and ineligible for state safety-net programs.
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), a network of foundations focused on immigration issues, has committed to raising $50 million to support direct financial assistance to families of undocumented immigrants through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund, with initial lead investments of $5.5 million from Emerson Collective, Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, The James Irvine Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and an anonymous donor, among others. The Fund was set up as part of a public-private partnership with Governor Gavin Newsom, who has announced a separate $75 million state-financed immigrant relief fund, the first of its kind in the nation.
“I want to thank our philanthropic partners for joining with California and committing to raise an additional $50 million to provide disaster relief support to this population through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund". - Governor Gavin Newsom, April 15, 2020
Undocumented immigrants are concentrated in low-wage sectors hardest hit by the pandemic—from caregiving and hospitality to food service and landscaping.
They are more vulnerable to COVID-19, have lost their jobs or are seeing reduced hours, and have no other means of keeping a roof over their heads and putting food on the table.
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The California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund is a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, California Department of Education, and CDE Foundation. The CA BDD Fund is a centralized resource for state leadership to provide essential devices, connectivity, and related digital learning supports for PK-12 students, teachers, and their families. Funds from this campaign will go directly to equip school districts with the resources they need to enable distance learning for our 6.2 million learners and 300,000+ teachers.
As the private, non-profit partner of the California Department of Education since 2011, the CDE Foundation works closely with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and his team to enable public-private partnerships and implement solutions across the state. Its focus, in particular, is on building more equitable teaching and learning environments, which are currently in even greater jeopardy due to the uneven impacts of COVID-19 on students, families, and educators.
The Center for Disease Control is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans against coronavirus, COVID-2019, and we need your help to mobilize quickly. Funds raised by the CDC Foundation through our Emergency Response Fund will be used to meet emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.
The CDP COVID-19 Response Fund will focus on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations in order to help build their capacity for response. These will include social service organizations focused on supporting hourly wage earners, workers in the gig economy, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
CDP is working closely with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to follow both current and emergent needs, including:
With these factors in mind, CDP will use contributions to the Fund to address any one of these issues, which will allow CDP to be adaptive in our support. The global nature of this outbreak may result in CDP using COVID-19 response funds both in the U.S. and abroad.
Due to the rising impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) has launched an Emergency Response Fund to help our region meet the developing challenges linked with this virus.
Based on input from our nonprofit partners, we are identifying the highest priority community needs and have distinguished three key focus areas for the Fund:
Over the last 34 years, Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has stepped in to provide help and hope to households facing unexpected crises throughout the nine counties of the Bay Area — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Our assistance keeps thousands of individuals and families in their homes and puts food on their tables as they get back on their feet.
How is Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have expedited over $1.9 million in emergency assistance funds to our county partners to be used for housing and critical family needs between now and June 30, 2020. In this calendar year, we will provide a total of $7.8 million for housing and critical family needs and $1.3 million for food assistance. We expect that the need for emergency assistance will be overwhelming and are requesting additional donations from those who would like to support their neighbors in this pandemic.
The Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund will support community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus response in the Long Beach area. Grants will be made to support approved 501(C)3 nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations working on these efforts. Funds donated to this Long Beach Relief Fund through June 5, 2020 will be used exclusively for assistance to Long Beach residents impacted by Coronavirus.
Donating to help San Franciscans most impacted by the coronavirus.
Your tax-deductible donations will help protect the health of San Francisco and support the most vulnerable, including individuals, families, and local businesses.
Donations will directly support:
Donations of any amount can be made. Donations over $100 will be acknowledged on the City of San Francisco website.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is already hurting San José’s residents, businesses, and community-based organizations. Particularly hard hit are those families and individuals who can least afford a medical or financial crisis, small businesses whose revenues have fallen off, and nonprofits that are seeing an increased need for services or have had to cancel arts, cultural, or fundraising events. Silicon Valley Strong Fund will help three key groups: residents, businesses, and community-based organizations.
Santa Monica is a strong community with a long history of helping those in need. 79.8% of residents see themselves as a member of the community, and 74% feel they can count on their neighbors. During this incredibly difficult time, members of our community are struggling to get by, put food on the table, and care for their loved ones. The Santa Monica COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide critically needed funds to the City and other organizations to help obtain necessary sanitation and medical supplies, provide food to those experiencing food insecurity, provide shelter to those in need, and support volunteer relief efforts.
The City will be making recommendations regarding the distribution of proceeds from the Relief Fund. As a result of these recommendations, the fund may distribute proceeds to (a) eligible non-profits identified by the City to provide services associated with the COVID-19 emergency or (b) the City for charitable uses by the City associated with the COVID-19 emergency. If the Relief Fund receives contributions that exceed the amount that can be used in responding to the COVID-19 emergency, the City may recommend that the fund distribute the excess proceeds to non-profits or the City for general charitable uses that benefit the City’s residents.
The California College Student Emergency Support Fund launched on April 2nd to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.
As colleges and universities respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, students find themselves facing a wide variety of challenges and costs. The Fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California’s college students through this crisis.
Details about the fund: To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:
Applications and grant payments to students are being processed by MAF. MAF is a well-established non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees.
Funders who are interested in supporting this statewide fund should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monterey County is a caring and generous community. The Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation have created the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Monterey County. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents.
The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) created the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund to assist communities affected by current and future fires including the #RiverFire #CarmelFire and #DolanFire. The River Fire, south of Salinas, began August 16, 2020 in the hills near Mt. Toro. The Carmel Fire started in the Cachagua area of Carmel Valley on August 18, 2020, and the Dolan Fire in Big Sur began August 18, 2020. Donations to the fund will support both immediate relief and recovery efforts.
In response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Community Foundation has activated the COVID-19 Relief Fund to distribute resources to local nonprofits supporting those impacted by this crisis and the economic fallout that is likely to follow.
The Community Foundation has committed $50,000 to the Fund, and we will continue to solicit additional resources from corporate partners and generous donors. In essence, this emergency fund is the fastest, most efficient way to get dollars into the hands of nonprofits serving our neighbors and friends who are most affected. It will address the immediate and long-term needs of San Benito County.
We at The Community Foundation of Mendocino County have been closely following the novel coronavirus, and are taking necessary precautions. While no positive cases have been reported in Mendocino County to date, we realize the very real threat this virus poses and the possibility of widespread infection, as well as the economic impact it can make on our small community.
For individuals who are experiencing undue hardship due to COVID-19, our Angel Fund is available on an emergency basis.
We at The Community Foundation of Mendocino County have been closely following the novel coronavirus, and are taking necessary precautions. While no positive cases have been reported in Mendocino County to date, we realize the very real threat this virus poses and the possibility of widespread infection, as well as the economic impact it can make on our small community.
We are anticipating the economic impact of the virus on our non-profit community as they cancel or postpone fundraising events and/or respond to increased community need or unforeseen operational costs. Non-profits may access our Save-the-Day grant program here.
During these unprecedented times, the Community Foundation of San Joaquin stands prepared and ready to work alongside our county, civic, and community leaders to help lessen the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the health of our community. In partnership with United Way of San Joaquin, our organizations have established a San Joaquin Emergency Response Fund, which we have seeded with an initial $75,000 investment. The Fund is intended to be responsive to the changing, long-term needs of our community, with an immediate focus on supporting nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable populations and to provide financial assistance to individuals and families most directly impacted by COVID-19. The San Joaquin Emergency Response Fund will provide a flexible vehicle for philanthropic funding to help our community during these difficult times.
The Happy Camp community and surrounding areas have been and continue to be severely impacted by the Slater Fire. With an estimated 150 homes already lost, the need is significant. Relief and recovery will be key to supporting those who have lost so much.
The Happy Camp Relief Fund has been enabled to receive donations for those impacted by the Slater Fire. Donations to this Fund will provide immediate, mid and long term support to those individuals, nonprofits, and community entities that have experienced great loss. Contributions from individual donors, corporations, and foundations can be accepted.
With a generous matching gift of $50,000 from the Wolf Family Foundation and a grant of $50,000 from the Weingart Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Valleys (CFV) is soliciting donations from individuals, businesses and other foundations to raise another $50,000 or more for a combined total in excess of $150,000. These funds will be distributed by the Foundation to established pre-screened nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys that are providing critical services to vulnerable individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19-related economic downturn.
The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County's COVID-19 Fund aims to protect the health of the public and giving to the most vulnerable in Santa Cruz County and will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz County.
Donations to the fund will be distributed to nonprofit agencies and organizations directly assisting individuals to meet needs as they arise.
The Sonoma County Resilience Fund is the largest long-term disaster recovery fund in Sonoma County. Most recently, we are supporting our community's economic resilience during the Coronavirus by making grants to nonprofits that assist the most vulnerable people in our community with continued access to housing, food, and medical care.
The Resilience Fund supports long-term recovery efforts from wildfires and other natural hazards.
The Hope and Heal Fund has launched the COVID-19 Violence Prevention Emergency & Sustainability Fund to support frontline workers and organizations working to prevent gun violence during this pandemic. The rapid response campaign and fund will target its resources to support community-based organizations’ most essential needs given COVID-19 and help to ensure that our vital community organizations survive the economic downturn caused by the virus.
The purpose of this emergency fund is designed to provide organizations and their community outreach team members with the proper resources needed to continue to safely provide much-needed services and supplies to community members impacted by gun violence. Frontline workers and organizations will be provided with the flexibility and ability to use the resources for the most pressing community needs, whether that be for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), healing and self-care services, funeral costs, victim services, and/or general operating support.
Ultimately, the purpose of the COVID-19 Violence Prevention Emergency & Sustainability Fund is to provide desperately needed resources to the frontlines and advance a needed conversation about how frontline workers are working to save lives and end gun violence in communities across California.
Hope and Heal Fund is a project of New Venture Fund, a US-based, 501(c)(3) public charity.
GRANTMAKING STRATEGIES & FUNDING TIMELINE
The restricted collaborative fund will solicit funding with support from California-based philanthropic organizations. Grantmaking for the fund will happen once per month, with proposals being accepted on a rolling basis. The number of available awards is contingent upon the fund’s total capital raised within a twelve-month period.
Launch & Fundraising (May 2020): Official launch of the fund, solicitation of funds from California-based foundations
Launch of Fund / Solicitation of Proposals (June 2020): Solicitation of proposals from California-based community-based organizations.
Weekly Review of Proposals (Grants up to $20,000 per organization): Rapid Response Review Committee – composed of three individuals representing foundation and community partners – review proposals received once per week via email exchange or conference call meetings.
Close of Fund (April 2021): Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 2021 or until dollars from the Fund are fully spent, whichever occurs first.
A collective fund that was recently created by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation with the Regional Access Project (RAP) Foundation continues to offer grant opportunities in support of the COVID-19 relief effort in the Coachella Valley.
The priority for the Emergency Collaborative Fund for Nonprofits Serving the High-Risk Population is to provide operating support to community-based organizations serving vulnerable and high-risk populations directly impacted by COVID-19, and to ensure these populations are safely sheltering-in-place. Examples of vulnerable and high-risk populations could include, but are not limited to, the homeless, elderly, special needs, and chronic and long-term illnesses or health conditions/diseases.
Earlier this month, a limited number of one-time grants (up to $10,000) were made to nonprofit organizations that are providing direct services during this time of the COVID-19 outbreak and are serving populations at-risk of elevated exposure, morbidity and mortality due to the virus. Opportunities to apply for a grant remain open to those who will be applying for the first time. (First round applicants are not eligible to reapply.)
The grant time period is for two months, beginning May 1, 2020, with a project end date of June 30. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with a deadline to apply by 5 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2020. Once funds are approved, every effort will be made to award them in a timely manner.
Reporting requirements will be minimal, with information collected about the numbers served, impact on the community and/or nonprofit operations, along with the receipts on how the funds were expended.
Please access the grant application here: https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_476?SA=SNA&FID=35107
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During fire responses, Direct Relief provides N-95 masks, medicine, and other resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected communities across California.
The communities of El Dorado County are committed to the place we live. We meet challenge with strength, adversity with kindness, and need with an outpouring of support. We will make it through this, and with your help, we will ensure all our neighbors will as well. 100% of what you give will assist our children, our families, our older adults and the places we call home.
EIF, through its disaster response program, Music for Relief, has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to address the ongoing and evolving challenges presented by this emergency. Funds will primarily provide relief to people in the entertainment industry who are most vulnerable to the effects of this economic crisis. Additional funds will support the public health response to the threat posed by this virus including the prevention, detection, and treatment of new cases of COVID-19.
This fund supports firefighters, first responders, and communities impacted by wildfires throughout North America. Your gift will benefit the brave firefighters keeping our neighborhoods safe as well as the most vulnerable families who have suffered extreme loss in the fires.
First Nations Development Institute is responding to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian community emergency needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize the risk of Native communities becoming collateral damage.
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is designed to distribute funds efficiently and swiftly to Native nonprofit organizations and tribal programs that need it most. Initially, funds are being prioritized in high-concentration areas – California, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, New York, Navajo Nation, Hopi Nation and COVID-19 hotspots.
The IE Funders Alliance Rapid Response Fund has been established by the Funders Alliance of San Bernardino & Riverside Counties to provide critical and timely support for nonprofits providing services in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the negative impact it will have on vulnerable people and communities.
Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego, a collaborative of San Diego Grantmakers, has established a fund to pay for hotel rooms for homeless seniors and others who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. There are over 2000 homeless people in San Diego who are age 65+ living on the streets and in crowded shelters. The County of San Diego, and other government entities, are securing hotel rooms for people who have already contracted COVID-19. This fund expands upon those efforts by targeting people who are high-risk but have not yet gotten sick.
This fund will support firefighters and get emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine to people in need. The fund will remain open to provide long-term assistance. As the location and severity of the fires fluctuate, so will our response to ensure aid gets where it is most needed. All donations to this fund will exclusively support communities impacted by wildfires.
Your donation to this fund will help stop the virus's spread and give communities on the front lines of the crisis the resources they need to act quickly and protect the most vulnerable. Donations are already helping to:
As the situation evolves, the fund will transition to support longer-term recovery and education efforts run by local, vetted organizations in affected regions. We will work with our partners on the ground to allocate funds where they're most needed.
This fund is an initiative coordinated by Great Public Schools-Now in partnership with several Los Angeles community organizations. Donations will go directly to Los Angeles families to meet basic needs such as food, rent, medical care, childcare, gas, and transportation. Funds contributed through this site will be administered by Great Public Schools-Now, a Los Angeles based 501c3 non-profit foundation, and distributed through our partner network funds directly to families in need during this crisis.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Greater LA Education Foundation (Greater LA) is coordinating community, business and philanthropic resources in support of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and the immediate and ever-changing needs of school districts serving almost 2 million students. Greater LA has established the COVID-19 Education Response Fund to receive immediate dollars to support the urgent needs of local school districts and families in the current national health emergency.
The Civic Participation fund addresses the critical issues at stake for a fair and accurate 2020 Census to ensure Latinos are counted. COVID-19 has forced organizations to quickly shift from field operations to remote digital efforts. To expedite these new efforts, HIP announces a rapid response grant pool for grassroots nonprofit organizations to help ensure Latinos are counted.
In 2018, HIP launched the Latino Civic Participation Grant in key southern states to provide funding to grassroots groups and nonprofit organizations that are using diverse strategies to build political power within the Latino community in places with limited financial and electoral influence to advance supportive policy change. HIP deployed $160,000 in grants that leveraged more than $1.25M in contributions and matching funds and HIP works with an extensive network of organizations on these critical civic participation issues. HIP encourages funders committed to racial equity in civic participation to contribute to HIP’s pool and/or match our funding as it is deployed.
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) invites its members to contribute to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund, which will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will support HIP’s current Migration and Forced Displacement grantees and other organizations nominated by HIP’s current funders and partner organizations. These mini-grant funds will help bring front-line migrant serving organizations the resources they need to develop and launch emergency protocols, cover unexpected costs due to office closures or disrupted revenue streams, shift their service provisions, and address other unforeseen impacts of the ongoing pandemic.
HIP’s Response and Call to Funders
In response to these current and anticipated challenges, HIP is offering rapid response grants to offset unexpected costs incurred for disruptions to operations as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak as described above. HIP will be funding current grantees from our Migration and Forced Displacement program (as well as a limited number of organizations nominated by HIP’s current funders or partner organizations) who are at the frontlines of providing direct humanitarian, social and legal services to migrants, as well as advocacy and narrative shift work. As HIP’s grantee partners span the migrant corridor, they are working to protect migrant rights at all points of the migration process—from transit to arrival or reintegration.
HIP will use existing grantmaking funds to offer our current grantees the opportunity to apply for a maximum of $15,000 through a short written or voice message needs assessment. HIP will respond to rapid response grant requests within a week of receiving requests and will offer the opportunity on an ongoing basis until at least May 1, 2020.
HIP has committed $200,000 to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund and invites you to help us offer support to all our partners doing critical work on the ground. Additional funding matches to our emergency grantmaking fund will allow us to offer flexible grants to organizations so they can run sustainably and effectively during this time of crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges throughout the SF Bay Area and the nation, as well as in the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community.
These challenges come in the form of threats to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people living in the nine Bay Area counties, including those most at risk for COVID-19-related illness. The pandemic and related economic shutdowns also threaten to overwhelm the capacity of critical LGBTQ community nonprofits, as well as pose near- and long-term financial hardship.
Horizons is making available $275,000 in immediate funding for LGBTQ organizations through our LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund. Horizons is contributing $200,000, and supporters have already contributed an additional $75,000 and counting. Will you contribute and help us provide even more emergency grants? 100% of contributions go to the community.
Humboldt Area Foundation and our affiliate, Wild Rivers Community Foundation, launched the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region's most vulnerable residents—from mitigation to eventual recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund will support urgent community needs identified by our regional partners. The fund will make grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits, charitable organizations and public agencies meeting the immediate needs of residents in Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte and Curry counties. The fund's initial focus will be on seniors, low-income families and tribal communities.
ImpactAssets, a nonprofit impact investment firm that invests in funds and companies that create social and environmental return alongside of financial return, today announced the launch of the ImpactAssets COVID Response Fund, a hybrid of rapid-response charitable giving and flexible impact investing with an initial capacity of more than $1 billion in investment opportunities.
The Fund will focus on the immediate unmet needs of small businesses and individuals as well as companies fighting on the front lines of the pandemic, across three groups of beneficiaries:
This rapid response support will be extended to community-based Indigenous peoples and organizations from the U.S. and Canada (Central and South America on a case-by-case basis), WHO EITHER ARE HELPING THE COMMUNITY WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS OR WHO HAVE LOST THEIR PRIMARY INCOME FROM A HOME BUSINESS.
These small grants of UP to $2,000 are being offered to assist with the following 3 situations:
In response to the alarming spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and what this could mean for its two-county region, Inland Empire Community Foundation is accepting donations to assist local nonprofit organizations working to respond to this public health crisis.
COVID-19 has directly impacted funding for some of Mexico’s most vital Community Funds. As uncertainty heightens, we need to ensure the future of Mexico by addressing the communities’ most critical needs. Your support will allow us to continue to make weekly rapid response grants from a number of funds.
Across San Diego County, there is an ever-increasing number of people who are without a paycheck or with a significantly reduced paycheck, leaving these families food insecure and often unable to pay their rent. In addition, the needs of home-bound seniors and the homeless are growing and becoming more critical.
The scientific and health care communities need support to address the public health threat posed by the virus. This includes research, logistics, communications, and data management as well as efforts to acquire necessary equipment, and build appropriate, temporary facilities. Additional public health needs will undoubtedly emerge as our community weathers the COVID-19 challenge.
To provide grants to Kern County nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations and/or those who can present a clear case of direct impact due to the medical or economic effects of the pandemic.
The J. Paul Getty Trust has initiated a relief fund to support Los Angeles-based non-profit museums and visual arts organizations in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The fund will provide emergency operating support and recovery grants to small and mid-size museums and nonprofit arts organizations that contribute so significantly to the region’s cultural and artistic diversity and are struggling with the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis.
CCF and Getty invite individuals and organizations to contribute to the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Fund aims to have an efficient and expedited review process so that recipient organizations receive funds in a timely fashion.
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Latino Community Foundation established the Love Not Fear Fund to support Latino-led organizations that provide wrap-around services to the most vulnerable, especially undocumented seniors living in the Inland Empire and Central Valley and families that have already lost wages.
This fund was established to support Latino-led grassroots organizations who are on the frontlines of providing critical financial assistance, rehousing support, and emergency translation for Latino and immigrant families.
The League of California Community Foundations has established a fund to provide a centralized opportunity for funders to invest in disaster resilience and response through community foundations – trusted intermediaries who are deeply connected to affected communities.
The Disaster Relief, Recovery, and Resilience Fund will support the response to, recovery from, and resilience to natural hazard events for communities across the state of California. A key focus area of the fund is supporting resilience through disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness, in addition to disaster relief and recovery.
This emergency fund is designed to support immediate community organizing needs on the frontlines and fuel emergency advocacy efforts to protect the most vulnerable during this time of unimaginable upheaval due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The daily onslaught of coronavirus news continues unabated and the impact will undoubtedly resonate for months. Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) is now learning of nonprofit organizations and services that have been impacted by the outbreak. They need new support now and we anticipate additional needs in the future. Some have had to cancel major fundraising events, others have seen a spike in requested assistance, and all are facing the challenge of providing vital services while adhering to requirements to protect employees, volunteers, and clients.
In response, we have opened up the 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund to raise critical resources for immediate use by these nonprofits.
LACF will immediately contribute and release $40,000 in funding to be distributed between the following organizations:
Each has a grantee relationship with LACF, are established organizations in our communities, and can immediately put the additional funds to use in meeting critical needs.
We hope to double the funds available to grant to these organizations. Please join us in funding these community lifelines, either with new donations or disbursements from your donor-advised fund to the 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund.
The LA County Fire Department Foundation launched the LACo Fire COVID-19 Relief and Resiliency Fund to address the needs of first responders. This fund will support needs submitted by sworn and people in the communities the foundation serves through our We Hear You Program.
Grants will be funded on a rolling basis and donations to the fund will be used on the needs submitted through the program, no admirative costs will be added to any submissions.
UPDATE: As of March 23, 2020 the Foundation has spent more than $75,000 on requests received with more than $1,200,000 in need for additional resources for the telemedicine program and other critical needs being prioritized.
COVID-19 has had an unanticipated impact on Los Angeles artists and small arts groups who had planned public performances, only to have those events canceled in a city-wide effort to slow the spread of the virus. The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Community Partners aim to provide relief to this spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by this disruption through Round Two of this emergency grant relief opportunity.
Solo artists may request up to $400, and ensembles may request up to $1,200.
Small ensembles must consist of no more than 4 members should designate a single individual to represent the group. Only one application is allowable per eligible individual or group, and Individuals may apply only once, as either a solo artist or as a member of a small ensemble.
Please visit the fund website for more information on eligibility and application process.
The LAFD Foundation is accepting funds to help purchase and replenish important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our firefighters + paramedics on the front lines.
Firefighters are rapidly depleting their supply of personal protective gear – such as gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, and facemasks (for potentially compromised patients).
Minimizing their exposure to COVID-19 must be a top priority. Donate here to help keep our firefighters healthy and ready to respond.
If donations exceed the LAFD’s coronavirus-related needs, any additional funds will go toward purchases requested by Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.
Organizations that rely on volunteers to deliver services are finding themselves woefully shorthanded. Older adults who need nutrition, medical assistance and socialization, are at great risk. And with Spring nonprofit fundraisers cancelled, many organizations are facing the daunting prospect of losing significant anticipated revenue for the year.
In addition, those that work in lower paying and hourly jobs - in hospitality, retail, services and the like - are forgoing pay during closures, placing enormous pressure on already challenging circumstances.
Because of these far-reaching effects, the Marin Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Fund of MCF. This quick-response Fund will be dedicated to directing financial support to nonprofit organizations serving those individuals and families most in need. Due to the ever-changing nature of this emergency, we feel that this is an effective and flexible method of response.
If you are interested in supporting vital nonprofits in your community, know that MCF staff are constantly assessing the situation and are in an excellent position to direct funding quickly to those who need it most.
As we keep our distance to stay safe, we must otherwise come together as a community to help those of us most in need. The Angeleno Fund will provide direct financial assistance for families experiencing extreme financial hardship, many of whom are immigrants or independent workers who will not qualify for other benefits.
The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. You can donate to this fund to help support families, provide critical services, and strengthen our emergency response.
The Mayor of Los Angeles has identified the following key priority areas:
Supplying home-delivered meals for isolated seniors, childcare support and other community resources for families, workers, and small businesses whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Childcare services, counseling support, and other resources for the heroic healthcare workers on the frontlines of this health crisis.
Increased access to testing kits, personal protective equipment, and other supplies vital to ensuring the health and safety of Angelenos and those protecting them.
Services for unhoused Angelenos, such as emergency shelters, hygiene stations, and other solutions to meet the needs of the city’s homeless population and keep us all safe.
We are excited to announce our Spring 2020 Grant Process. Designed to support healthcare organizations that provide services to coastal residents and visitors. Grants, totaling up to $100,000, will be awarded every spring. Typical grants will range between $10,000 and $25,000.
In 2020, we are soliciting grant proposals in two areas: Access to Healthcare & Education
The Minority Humanitarian Foundation Covid -19 Immigrant Family Relief Fund provides grants of $250 for immigrants in San Diego County who have lost all or part of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some immigrant workers are ineligible for certain federal and state benefits such as unemployment and food stamps. It is their goal to help the community members who most need these services.
MHF has pledged $5,000 to the MHF Immigrant Relief Fund and one of their supporters has already matched our commitment, bringing the current fund to $10,000, enough for 40 individual one-time grants. They want to give as many grants as possible, fund contributions and matching funds are encouarged.
This fund focuses on organizations providing services such as medical care, counseling, temporary shelter and meals to the individuals and families affected by the fires
In response to a declared emergency in Napa County, the Napa Valley Community Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Fund that will support efforts to help slow the spread of the virus within Napa County. It will deploy additional financial resources to best meet evolving needs. The Foundation will pay special attention to populations in Napa County that may be particularly susceptible to becoming seriously ill, like the elderly, the medically frail and those living in close quarters. It is paying special attention to community health, the potential for working families to face economic hardship and food insecurity in the months ahead.
As each and everyone one of us makes preparations for the looming economic, political, and public health crisis, it is important to highlight that migrants, refugees, and low-wage workers in general— and day laborers specifically— face uniquely dangerous obstacles. Already targeted and victimized by unprecedented xenophobia and inequality, many of the people we work with will find themselves completely walled out of access to basic necessities in the weeks ahead.
This fund will provide direct assistance to migrant workers who find themselves uniquely vulnerable in the face of the Coronavirus crisis.
A significant segment of migrant workers have worked in our country for decades, everyone has benefited and enjoyed the fruits of their labor, but yet, despite their years of contributions, their humanity has been denied. As a result, essential migrant workers do not have a basic safety net to survive. Their only safety net is their immediate family members, their worker centers, and their community-based organizations.
All resources we collect will be rationed and distributed throughout our network, and your support will directly help thousands of families across the country. Please consider giving any amount to help someone in need.
For many in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners the threat from Coronavirus is especially severe. Without access to health care, paid sick leave, or job security, they are being forced to navigate this crisis alone — without a safety net.
The money you donate to the Coronavirus Care Fund will provide immediate financial support for domestic workers, and enable them to stay home and healthy — protecting themselves, their families and their communities while slowing the spread of the Coronavirus.
Native American Community Response Fund is a rapid response fund working to deploy trust-based funding to Native-led organizations serving individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, funding was focused on supporting the 78% of Native Americans that reside off-reservations – in urban centers, where the pandemic is having higher rates of infection. These 1.2 million individuals reside in 13 metropolitan areas and often do not benefit from federal benefits directed towards tribal communities. As the pandemic has spread to tribal communities, we are expanding our support to include hotspots, such as the Navaho Tribe and the Pueblos in New Mexico.
To help local nonprofit organizations and government agencies on the front lines prepare, rapidly respond to and deploy resources for coronavirus response in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa counties.
This fund provides emergency relief and support to North State communities affected by wildfires.
This fund will raise money to support nonprofits and agencies providing immediate assistance to evacuees, animals, and others impacted by the fires in Glenn and Tehama counties and will expand as needed to support those displaced by the recent fires in our area.
The Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund provides immediate grants to nonprofit organizations working on the frontlines. We are committed to a thoughtful, rapid, and transparent process to disburse the funds collected. The Fund will focus on four priority areas: food, homelessness, community health & education and economic security.
The number of people affected by the COVID-19 virus across the country continues to grow. We are proud of the steps we are taking in Oakland and across the Bay Area to flatten the curve and to support our most vulnerable communities, such as seniors, children, people experiencing homelessness, first responders, local businesses and low-wage workers, to name a few.
You can help by donating to the Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund. Your tax-deductible donations will go to non-profit community organizations or public agencies who are diligently working to protect the health of Oakland and support our most vulnerable community members.
The OC Community Resilience Fund is a collaborative response by the Orange County philanthropic community seeking to strengthen and support community-based organizations that serve vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Open Hearts Foundation created an Emergency Relief Fund as part of its grantmaking program to provide grants in support of emerging and growing non-profits on the frontlines who are serving women and children through this pandemic.
the Fund will consider grant applications on a rolling basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funds will range between $5,000 and $15,000 per non-profit.
The following are priority areas:
The Foundation will not make grants for or to:
To apply, eligible non-profit organizations will write a one page Letter of Intent including the following information:
Email the Letter of Intent and Budget to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR Fund will provide critical support to immigrant Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give today!
While many Oaklanders can turn to existing safety net programs, including unemployment insurance, public benefits, and new federal and local relief efforts – undocumented workers are largely excluded from those programs.
OUR Fund will address this critical gap in our social safety net, and will help support the most vulnerable members of our community who are impacted by this crisis.
For immediate support of vulnerable people in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park
The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise and deploy immediate financial resources to help the most vulnerable in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
This is an especially effective way for you to give broadly to those most in need in our community.
On March 25th, the Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise and deploy immediate financial resources to help the most vulnerable in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. As of April 8, grants totaling $405,000 have been distributed to local nonprofit organizations focused on:
COVID-19 presents tremendous challenges for already struggling refugee families. The majority of San Diego’s refugee workers are in the restaurant, hotel, and transportation industries hardest hit by the pandemic. Even with the City of San Diego taking action to halt evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs, people already struggling to make ends meet are now managing reduced work hours or furloughs, school closures, childcare challenges, and food scarcity.Community members have lost their jobs, drivers are facing major disruption with Uber and Lyft, and families have children that need to complete school assignments online, but don't have internet connectivity at home.
To meet these immediate needs, PANA and its partners are launching the San Diego County Refugee Families Emergency Fund. In close collaboration with trusted partners like the United Woman of East Africa Support team and others, we plan to provide small, one-time grants to cover rent, utilities, childcare, food, and other emergency needs. PANA has already dedicated one of its team members to triage COVID-19 emergency support.
Every day, there is a shortage of healthy food, safe drinking water, healthcare and stores in remote reservation communities — and now more than ever with COVID-19. Elders who need to shop are finding the shelves empty and many Elders and families have “stay at home” orders.
More and more tribes have travel restrictions in place, such as Rosebud, Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, Northern Cheyenne and Navajo to name a few. Yet, the tribes we serve are allowing PWNA to continue its critical deliveries as an essential service and first responder for the reservations — even the tribes with travel restrictions.
PWNA is responding daily to a high volume of requests from our reservation partners, who are requesting food, water, toilet paper, sanitizer and other essentials to weather the coronavirus pandemic. PWNA drivers are working the maximum hours allowed by DOT (Dept. of Transportation) to ensure vital supplies get to those in need on the reservations. But so many orders are going out that our warehouses are running low and we need your help to replenish! Please donate today.
The PCF COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to Pasadena-based organizations as they respond to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus and quarantines. PCF has made an initial commitment of $100,000 to provide local relief, and donors may make charitable gifts to the fund that will benefit both urgent and long-term community needs.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will offer flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
The fund will help support the increased demand that Placer County nonprofit service providers are facing related to the impact of COVID-19. PCF is communicating and coordinately closely with local government and social services organizations to understand where charitable dollars are needed most and have the greatest potential for impact. This includes Placer County Health & Human Resources, family resource centers, senior services organizations, food banks and others. Because of the flexible structure of this fund, the grant-making process will be fluid, timely, and nimble to act on opportunities and need.
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation established a Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to: 1) Immediately direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community, 2) To bolster our impact investing budget to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed; 3) To establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.
As the capital region’s community foundation, we are uniquely positioned to respond to local emergencies. We have activated our Sacramento Region Disaster Fund, which we have seeded with an initial investment which has grown with the support of fundholders, individual donors, and other regional partners. We are preparing to rapidly deploy this funding to help address the challenges area nonprofits are encountering due to the virus. To inform our grantmaking, we hosted a webinar for over 400 capital region nonprofits and have surveyed hundreds more to assess the immediate- and long-term impacts the coronavirus will have on their operations and client populations.
The San Diego Arts + Culture Challenge Fund offers financial support to the individuals and organizations that make up San Diego County's creative workforce. Undertaken as a collaborative effort to support San Diego’s creative sector, the Fund is being launched by a cohort of local leaders and advocates committed to the health and recovery of the sector, including The San Diego Foundation, Clare Rose Foundation, San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. The aim of the fund is to help stabilize the creative sector and lessen financial losses that individuals and organizations experience during this crisis.
These are challenging time for San Diego but also offers the opportunity to reinvigorate its creative future. The San Diego Foundation, a trusted community foundation advancing San Diego’s quality of life and increasing social impact, is administering the Fund in collaboration with the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition.
Matt Carney – Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
Matt D’Arrigo – Director of Creative Youth Development, The Clare Rose Foundation
Alex Goodman - Secretary, North County Philanthropy Council
Jonathon Glus – Executive Director, City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Jill Hall –Artist, Author and Chair of The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program
Victoria Hamilton – President, Californians for the Arts
Lee Ann Kim - Founder, Pacific Arts Movement
Susanna Peredo Swap - Founder & Executive Director, Vanguard Culture
Toni Robin – Principal, TR/PR Public Relations & Marketing
Felicia Shaw - Interim Executive Director, Women’s Museum of California
Lynnette Tessitore - Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition
Alan Ziter – Past Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition
The Black Small Business Relief Grant Fund is an effort led by the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce to raise $1 million in funds to support Black-owned small businesses in San Diego County in 60 days.
Our nation has faced the compounded threats of a global health crisis, economic upheaval, and civil unrest over racial injustice and police brutality. The Black community has been at the center of each of these events and has endured disproportionate, devastating impacts from each, compounding our collective trauma. This includes the economic systems that have left Black-owned businesses and Black people underfunded, underemployed, and particularly vulnerable to global health and economic crises such as those impacting us today.
The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (CSDBCC) is working to ensure Black businesses and the Black community are resilient in the wake of these tragedies, and they need your support NOW more than ever.
The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is designed to help the small businesses and nonprofits at the heart of our community get back on track by extending government and philanthropic resources. Nonprofits serving San Diego County residents can apply for no-to-low interest loans now till July 7.
We are particularly interested in hearing from organizations that:
Basic eligibility for the nonprofit loan program:
About the nonprofit loan pool:
Children in low-income and first-responder families across our region will experience hardship as a result of the Coronavirus crisis and recent school closures. From more limited access to school breakfast and lunch to a shortage of reliable childcare, families already struggling to make ends meet are disproportionately affected by the current situation. This fund will help ensure local children have access to food assistance, childcare, and remote learning opportunities during these unprecedented times. San Diego for Every Child established the San Diego COVID-19 Children's Fund in partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District, YMCA Childcare Resource Service, Child Development Associates, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to respond to the urgent needs now facing San Diego’s most vulnerable children.
A coalition of philanthropy, government and business partners has joined together to create the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund held at The San Diego Foundation to rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County.
The San Diego Foundation has activated the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund to collect and manage charitable funds for response and recovery from the Valley Wildfire currently impacting the Japatul Valley, Carveacre, Lawson Valley, Wood Valley, Lyons Valley and Deer Horn Valley southeast of Alpine in San Diego County.
The fund will receive donations and make grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in disaster response, recovery and rebuilding. Funds granted through the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund will be based on a community needs assessment that leverages third party data, research and analysis to determine where the greatest needs are within the impacted area of the region.
Due to COVID19, tens of thousands of San Diego businesses have had to close their operations, impacting the region’s economy in a critical way. More than 98% of businesses in San Diego have less than 100 employees—these are the businesses we know and love that need our assistance to help sustain their employees and keep their doors open.
At Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s urging to provide grants and micro loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, the City of San Diego allocated $6 million to create the Small Business Relief Fund, to provide certainty and offer financial support businesses facing reductions in demand, shorter business hours, and business closures due to the pandemic. The City received more than 9,000 applications for these funds, highlighting the need for more financial assistance raised for businesses that were not awarded.
In this expanded program, financial assistance will range from $1,000 to $10,000 and will be allocated to eligible small businesses based on the availability of funds and program guidelines.
· Located within the City of San Diego
· Valid Business Tax Certificate
· Businesses with 0-100 employees; including home-based, and sole proprietors
· Preference for location within an Opportunity Zone/ and Promise Zone
· Ability to demonstrate financial hardship
· Percentage of jobs to be retained
· Resilience post-COVID19
Corporate partners and San Diegans are encouraged to make a contribution in any amount to the Cal Coast Cares Foundation and 100% of the funds will be distributed as grants to small businesses in partnership with SD Grantmakers.
Cal Coast Credit Union, Qualcomm, and GoFundMe have each contributed $100,000 to launch this new initiative between the City, Cal Coast Cares Foundation and San Diego Grant Makers to encourage San Diegans to donate to the Small Business Relief Fund.
Any application received by the City’s Small Business Relief Fund to date that was not funded with the first fund established could be funded through this effort. All applications remain available for reference to San Diego Grantmakers so businesses do not need to apply again.
Any business that has not yet applied and think they are qualified based on the above expanded criteria should apply on the city’s website sandiego.gov/SBRF. Applications will be received through Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59pm to allow for those businesses who may not yet be in the queue time to send in their application.
A coalition of North County San Diego regional foundations, Coastal Community Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, have established the North County COVID-19 Response Fund to direct crucial resources to nonprofits in North County San Diego. The Fund will immediately make grants for general operating support for organizations based in North County San Diego and/or directly serving the basic needs of vulnerable populations in North County San Diego in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations are encouraged at www.rsffoundation.org/COVID19.
Given how long the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic will last, the Fund welcomes additional funds to help artists in the City and County of San Francisco.
The City has made $250,000 available to individual artists, with additional support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Renamed the San Francisco Artists Relief Fund, the Fund will directly support the financial needs of artists of historically vulnerable communities who have been impacted by the COVID-19 related economic shutdown.
The Fund will prioritize the financial needs of artists who are of and serving cultural populations that have been and remain financially vulnerable—black, indigenous, immigrant, trans, and people with disabilities. It is imperative that we do not lose their participation in shaping the County’s unique and diverse cultural identity. Individuals may apply for up to $2,000 and use the award however they see fit.
Through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the San Francisco Foundation will make capacity building grants ($3,000 – $25,000) to nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties addressing the following four issue areas, described in greater detail below: worker support, preventing homelessness and providing renter protection/housing security, ensuring food security, and addressing racial bias.
On March 24, 2020 the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved $3,000,000 in emergency funding to support those most impacted in San Mateo County in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. This fund was created to allow people from San Mateo County and beyond to join the County’s relief effort and make directed donations that will specifically benefit San Mateo County residents, small businesses and non-profits.
United Way of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This joint effort allows these organizations to coordinate funds and rapidly meet the needs of their community as they arise through collaborative decision-making.
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC), a project of Alliance San Diego, has launched the SDIRC Immigrant Relief Fund to provide grants of up to $500 to immigrants in San Diego County who have lost all or part of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with other emergencies that may arise in the future. Many immigrants across San Diego County have had their hours reduced, are temporarily not working, or have lost their jobs altogether. Some immigrant workers are ineligible for certain federal and state benefits such as unemployment and food stamps. While some resources are available to help people pay bills and rent, there is little or no monetary support going directly to families who are left without money to cover their basic needs. The SDIRC Immigrant Relief Fund aims to help fill the gap, providing assistance to people in need..
We are raising and mobilizing funds for the Flicker Fund to direct critical resources to the most vulnerable in our already challenged communities. The Flicker Fund provides direct grant support to stressed Indigenous communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, where some are already facing issues of hunger, lack of access to water, and unable to secure basic hygiene and material supplies needed for everyday life.
As the grandmother of Native philanthropy, our organization is a trusted entity that anchors the Indigenous movement and that generates and re-distributes support to Native Peoples and communities worldwide. It is urgent now that so many systems are overstretched and exhausted in just the last few weeks, and this situation is continuing to escalate.
Flicker Fund goes directly to Indigenous community generated and led initiatives, providing:
Basic and urgent health, wellness, and hygiene needs of the most vulnerable with a focus on elders, multi-generational households, and families with children under the age of 5 years old
Traditional healing practices and remedies, food systems, and immune support
Historic and cultural teachings, stories, and lifeways that advance traditional knowledge systems that inform community members on health, healing, and moving forward with vitality
This fund will address the needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus.
The fund will provide a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for this purpose. Government officials and businesses have instituted sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus. School closures, travel and event cancellation, remote work and social distancing have the potential to disrupt our lives physically, socially and economically.
The fund will support community needs identified by staff, our partners and requests from local nonprofits. Grants will be made to nonprofit agencies that are providing direct aid to impacted individuals and families in Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties. Foundation leaders will be closely monitoring how the Coronavirus impacts our communities and will deploy resources to best meet evolving needs.
In the days and weeks ahead, the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will continue to present enormous challenges to the personal and professional lives of all who call the Sacramento region home. What has become clear in the first days of this national health emergency is that some of us are better positioned to manage these unprecedented changes than others. We know the crisis will have an even more challenging impact on small businesses, lower-wage workers and their families, and nonprofit organizations.
Public, private, labor and nonprofit leaders throughout the Sacramento region have joined forces to raise both awareness of what we as a community are confronting and resources that will be dedicated to help vulnerable populations and small businesses.
Our goal is to raise $1.5 million in private contributions to support the City of Sacramento’s $1.5 million investment. Our mission is to ensure families, individuals and businesses receive assistance for essential supplies, food, rent, utilities and other needs. In short, we plan to do what Sacramentans always do in times of crisis – pull together and demonstrate the incredible power of a community that cares for all of its members.
We call on you to join us by becoming a supporter of Donate4Sacramento.
Over the coming weeks and months, everyone in Northern California will continue to experience the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Yet, what we have learned over the past several weeks confirms that the health, economic, educational and social impacts will be felt most acutely by the most vulnerable populations and the organizations that serve them. This includes older adults, low-wage workers and their families, communities of color including Tribal communities, people who are living in poverty and/or rural isolation, under- and uninsured, unemployed and/or non-English-proficient residents and the nonprofit organizations who work with them.
The Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund will deploy grants to nonprofit organizations in our network as they work to meet needs in disproportionately impacted communities. We are accepting applications from our nonprofit community partners by invitation only, and we expect to begin making initial grants by mid-April. Please check back to find out which organizations will receive funding.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund will support lead organizations representing each of the nine Bay Area counties and their immediate efforts in addressing COVID-19 related challenges in their respective counties. Contributors can choose to support any of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) in their efforts to address issues associated with COVID-19 coronavirus, or national response efforts managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation.
Help for Students & Teachers
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced widespread school and childcare center closures, disrupting the education, health and well-being of students, families and communities. Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Offices of Education, has established the COVID-19 Education Partnership, an initiative to support the needs of our local county offices of education and school districts through this unprecedented crisis.
Funding will expand the capacity of local school districts and the County Offices of Education to address immediate challenges and long-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19, including but not limited to:
At this time, funding is only available to San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. However, we are exploring possibilities to expand the reach of this fund to include other counties. To learn more about becoming a partner in our education response and recovery effort, contact Michelle Sioson Hyman at email@example.com.
Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund will be administered by community foundations throughout the 10-county Bay Area region. The fund will be used to provide flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations serving one or more of the 10 counties.
This fund supports nonprofit organizations based in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that are working directly with individuals and families who have been harmed by this disaster.
The economic and personal impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are growing and potentially devastating for small businesses in California and beyond. Due to drops in consumer demand, small businesses—more likely owned by immigrants, women and people of color— and their employees are affected more quickly and severely versus large firms. Even before a crisis, a significant portion of self-employed and small business owners had low and inconsistent incomes and were financially stressed. When small businesses fail, the owners, their families, their employees and whole communities suffer.
Snap Foundation is partnering with Mission Asset Fund to launch the Los Angeles Young Creatives Fund, which will support artists and creatives ages 18-30 who earn at least half of their income through the creative economy. Each individual will receive both a $500 grant and a $500 0% interest loan. The fund chose this strategy to both get funds into the community quickly and recoup funds for future investment. The fund is using an equity lens by targeting outreach to low-income communities of color and using the 2019 HUD low-income guidelines for LA County for eligibility screening. Snap Foundation contributed $2.5M, with additional fundraising being led by Mission Asset Fund. The fund is in communication with CCF to avoid duplication of efforts with existing funds. To learn more, contact Shawn Kravich, Executive Director of Snap Foundation.
The Solano Disaster Relief Fund was established to support recovery and rebuilding efforts. After the initial frenzy, chaos, and loss caused by devastating disaster passes, the relief and recovery stages begin. Grants from this Fund will help nonprofits provide direct services and financial assistance to individuals and families.
In support of nonprofit organizations serving Southeastern San Diego during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation will provide emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting these communities. More specifically, 501c3 organizations that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences, including those serving food and providing educational services, transportation, senior support, mental health services and other emergency needs. The Southeastern San Diego COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next week with funds released on a rolling basis. Special thanks to JCNI Board Member Laila Aziz for her leadership of this initiative. This program was made possible thanks to grant support from The San Diego Foundation. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tahoe Truckee Emergency Respond Fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations that are working within our community and are impacted by COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.
In coordination with public authorities and healthcare experts leading the response to this health crisis, along with community organizations and funding partners, TTCF is responding to local needs. One hundred percent (minus credit card processing fees) of contributions to this fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.
TTCF has intentionally established this fund with flexibility in mind to ensure that these resources may support our community as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization serving everyone working in performing arts and entertainment. The Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. It is not income replacement, but limited funds for basic living necessities. The Actors Fund is also administering COVID19 Assistance programs for performing arts and entertainment unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and Musicians Local 802. For information about contributing, contact Keith McNutt, Director of the Western Region.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Foundation has opened its Disaster Support Fund and will waive all administrative fees to provide urgent assistance to organizations working in the impacted communities. Foundation grants will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are impacted by the Coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
Hosted by the East Bay Community Foundation, COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations addressing the economic impact of the broader COVID-19 outbreak, including the immediate needs of communities and organizations affected by coronavirus-related closures. The Fund helps expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes and individuals to provide gap services during this health crisis, and to artists and entrepreneurs who have suffered the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UC San Diego COVID-19 Response Discretionary Fund has been established to support our students, patients, caregivers, and community at this unprecedented moment for our university and the world. The fund will allow us to address the greatest needs in this evolving situation including critical supplies, expanded testing and diagnostics, supporting displaced and impacted members of the UC San Diego community, and research efforts to better understand and respond to COVID-19.
Third Wave Fund's Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of young women of color, trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth under 35 in social movements.
Organizations do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor to receive funding. We make this clear to strongly encourage grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities to apply. Not sure if you're a fit? Email email@example.com or call us at 917-387-1262 x5.
Proposals are accepted all year and reviewed on a monthly basis. Deadlines and materials for 2020 are below.
Due to the urgency of COVID-19, we are shifting the frequency of our Mobilize Power Fund cycle in order to get more funds out more quickly to those on the frontlines of this epidemic. Through the end of May, we will have biweekly application deadlines. Applications need to be received on the dates below by midnight in your time zone to be considered for our review. We also encourage people to take advantage of our option to take project narratives over the phone. For any questions or to set up a phone call, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today in the Bay Area, 1 in 5 people have less than $400 in savings. COVID-19 is only intensifying this financial strain due to loss in wages. For hourly workers, losing a shift can mean the difference in stable housing and eviction. Our grantees are already seeing the impact on the people they serve and are feeling the effects themselves. Tipping Point is committing $1 million in addition to this year’s core funding to support our network of grantees working on the frontlines. 100 percent of donations to Tipping Point go directly to its non-profits on the ground supporting vulnerable communities.
Low-income + unhoused people are relying on Bay Area non-profits more than ever before.
MEETING THE URGENT NEED
Tipping Point’s grantees connect with over 250,000 people annually, with most of these clients earning less than $32,000 a year. Demand for services has increased – and will likely skyrocket – as individuals and families struggle to get by due to loss of work and wages, increased need for childcare, inadequate health benefits, housing insecurity, and homelessness.
RESPONDING IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS
Our aim is to stabilize non-profits on the frontlines + get cash to our neighbors who need it the most.
Our steadfast philosophy is to provide flexible funds to the most promising organizations with proven leaders. We are distributing emergency funding as quickly as possible, with grants being given every two weeks. The majority of funding will be allocated to the non-profits in our portfolio with the greatest need. We are also looking into groups outside our portfolio to ensure we’re reaching as many people as possible who need support in this unparalleled time.
Donate to assist families impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Your support for Undocufund will provide relief and support to undocumented families and individuals.
We are working to care for and protect our community, and we are expanding our work to assist victims of the LNU Complex Fires. This is in addition to the assistance for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which we have been assisting since we decided to re-activate Undocufund in March. Many of our undocumented community members work in temporary or low-wage jobs, without access to sick leave, unemployment or the ability to work remotely. Immigrants, many of them undocumented, do essential work that sustains us all. It remains unclear whether national relief plans will include immigrants in their plans for support. We cannot wait to take action. Your support for UndocuFund will provide relief and support to undocumented families and individuals. Please donate as generously as you can.
Our members are on the front lines.
We have created UndocuFund SF to serve our community as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies. Many of our undocumented community members work in temporary or low-wage jobs, without access to sick leave, unemployment or the ability to work remotely. Immigrants, many of them undocumented, do essential work that sustains us all. National and state relief plans do not include undocumented people in their plans for support.
As every day passes without income, many people are having trouble meeting their basic needs such as feeding themselves and their families and paying their bills. Your support for UndocuFund-SF will provide relief and support to undocumented families and individuals. Please donate as generously as you can.
The Momentum Fund will provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that are managing an active COVID-19 fund. The grants will help these organizations build their capacity so that they can effectively grow, promote, manage and sustain their funds (whether they need to add new staff, access consulting expertise, acquire new software, etc.).
Funding from the Momentum Fund will support US-based 501(c)(3) organizations managing COVID-19 funds that are providing grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations that are meeting the needs of communities and populations whose health and/or financial situations have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been historically marginalized and under-served in our country. Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $100,000 and a total of $8.5 million will be awarded, thanks to an investment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Applications for the Momentum Fund will be accepted until 3:00 pm ET | 12 pm PT on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
This fund addresses the immediate needs of impacted individuals and families, including providing housing assistance (vouchers or cash), cash assistance to displaced families, and other needs. Participating United Ways in this fund includes:
UWCCR will partner with local nonprofits who will work with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds will be provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners will identify and qualify affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family is approved, they will be given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.
This platform will allow qualified low-income households to receive a one-time $500 allocation within 48 hours of applying. The platform also provides access to its long-term social networking component that has routinely demonstrated success in helping families achieve financial stability. UWCCR and FII will provide all of these services for free, allowing 100% of donations to go to those households who need help.
As the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic, United Way of Greater Los Angeles has announced the creation of the Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students, and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.
Several wildfires have ravaged Northern California over the past few years. United Way of Northern California is accepting donations, offering help and supporting programs to assist with relief and long-term recovery operations. We provided emergency cash grants to those who lost their homes in the 2018 wildfires and assisted nonprofit partners in their provision of direct services to survivors. We’re also continuing to provide help for survivors through our mid- to long-term wildfire recovery programs.
United Way of San Diego County is hosting the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative as part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, to provide flexible resources to individuals impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers.
United Way of San Diego County is grateful for the support of The San Diego Foundation and SDG&E, who serve as lead investors of this initiative. We encourage you to join the effort to deploy much-needed capital into the hands of some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
The United Way Bay Area COVID19 Community Relief Fund contributions will support local Bay Area organizations and their short term and long-term response services in four key impact areas: 2-1-1- information and referral, technology infrastructure, direct assistance funds, and worker support.
The Direct Assistance Fund is used to meet basic needs of the families most affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 spread prevention measures such as assistance with rent, housing, food, utilities, healthcare costs, or unpaid sick time. Please see uwiv.org/covid19 for additional information
California United Ways have established a statewide relief fund to help those impacted by COVID-19. This goal of this fund is to relieve hardship for vulnerable working families, due to quarantine or disruption of income, to support the coordination of community relief efforts, and to ensure equity in the distribution of philanthropic resources across all of California. This statewide fund will complement regional United Way funds.
The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are excluded from federally funded safety net programs; that have been economically impacted by the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment due to disasters in our community like wildfires, mudslides, and the coronavirus.
This fund has been reactivated in light of the serious consequences related to COVID-19 social distancing and the impacts these efforts are having on our undocumented neighbors. The 805 UndocuFund, based on a successful model after the Tubbs Fire in Northern California, will be overseen by immigrant rights groups including CAUSE, MICOP, and FLA, with funds managed by the Ventura County Community Foundation.
The purpose of the Rapid Response Fund is to support those organizations providing basic human needs to individuals and families in Ventura County. Funding can be used by these organizations to provide cash assistance to those they serve, which can allow for families to stay in their homes or address their needs. These organizations can also apply for funding to support their unrestricted operating expenses ensuring that these nonprofits may continue to fulfill their missions and serve Ventura County.
West Marin Fund has established the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to address these challenges both immediately and in the foreseeable future.
The Fund is taking the following action:
Emergency Funding Application: Emergency grants in the $2,000-$15,000 range, depending on available funding. Local nonprofits are invited to submit information about their current needs and priorities.
California is on fire. As we continue to battle a global pandemic and unrelenting violent acts of racism, these fires are not only devastating to our environment, they’re devastating our communities. The Women’s Foundation California is dedicated to meeting the needs of this moment, and the California fires are no exception.
We’re facing this head-on and know that each of these issues is not happening in isolation. Our Relief and Resilience Fund is grounded in an intersectional approach to address the racial, economic, and gender disparities only exacerbated by this disaster. Supporting those most at risk including cisgender, trans women and gender nonconforming people, families living in poverty, people of color, elders, undocumented individuals, differently abled people, and those affected by gender-based violence, we’re protecting all of us.
By building resilient communities, we can create real structural changes in California. WFC is committed to investing in creative interventions and solutions to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. This month, we increased our support to women and women of color-led organizations providing direct relief in response to these fires and creating environmental justice policy for the future.
This brief on COVID-19 testing is designed to support philanthropic discussion and aid in the coordination of the sector’s response. Philanthropy California takes on the questions we all want answers to – what are the types of tests, who can get tested, who pays for testing, what are the policy issues related to testing, and more.
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Congress is poised to finalize the adoption of a $2 trillion public health and economic relief package, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday. Many of the details – how and to whom the money will flow – will remain uncertain as federal agencies will have to establish a framework to administer many of these programs. Congress will also consider additional relief bills with expectations of at least two more phases in the future to provide support. SCG will continue to analyze and update you on how such government dollars will be distributed.
Many of the social safety net programs critical to supporting vulnerable communities received increases in funding. However, because of the expanded public charge rules implemented by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year, many immigrants—even if eligible and unaffected—may not access these programs for fear that it would affect their immigration status in the United States. While these expanded rules apply to people seeking visas entering the United States or those who make an application for lawful permanent residency, confusion around these rules will mean that those most in need will not benefit from these critical resources.
Publication Date: March 26, 2020
Description of Position: Philanthropy California requested that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act (as proposed by Senate Majority Leader McConnell on March 19, 2020) include support for the nonprofit sector. Charitable organizations are a part of the frontline responders providing healthcare, food, shelter, and other critical services to those in need in our communities.
Publication Date: March 21, 2020
Description of Position: Southern California Grantmakers signed on to the Independent Sector’s letter to the Small Business Administration requesting sector-specific data detailing the distribution of SBA loans authorized under the CARES Act. The breakdown of between loan awards for profit and non-profit entities will assist in uncovering solutions to the challenges non-profits face in applying and accessing the financial support they need to continue serving on the front lines.
Publication Date: April 20, 2020
Description of Position: Philanthropy California supports this federal bill, which will play an important role in shaping federal resources for nonprofits in the next tranche of federal stimulus dollars. Specifically, the federal bill would dedicate $60 billion for nonprofits, prioritize nonprofits in unemployment insurance relief (for the nonprofits that deferred payments to the fund), and open up future funding to larger nonprofit organizations (more than 500 employed).
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Topic: Civic Engagement
Description of Bill: This Executive Order mandates that counties issue vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election to all registered voters. The order also calls for further guidance from the Secretary of State and Legislature to determine guidelines for outlining public health measures for individuals with specific in-person voting needs.
Status: Issued May 8, 2020
Topic: Social Safety Net, Immigration
Description of Bill: Governor Gavin Newsom announced the nation's first-ever statewide public-private partnership to establish a $125 million Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to undocumented immigrants who otherwise are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief due to their citizenship status. Philanthropic partners are committing $50 million in addition to the state's $75 million.
Status: Announced April 15, 2020
Topic: Economic and Workforce Development
Motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
Description: Direct the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to identify one-time funding to establish and launch the Los Angeles County COVID-19 Relief Fund (Relief Fund) and to utilize existing available federal funding to develop and implement a COVID-19 Business Assistance Program (COVID-19 BAP) to assist small businesses in the unincorporated areas of the County and in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-participating cities. The Relief Fund should, among other things, include bridge funding for small businesses likely to receive federal disaster assistance; low-cost working capital loans to maintain small businesses who may not qualify for federal disaster assistance; working capital loans to nonprofit organizations and small businesses who are providing essential services. Lastly, authorize the CEO to work with external partners, including but not limited to financial institutions, foundations, and philanthropic organizations, to establish partnerships that will increase the effectiveness of the Relief Fund and grow the number of capital contributions into the fund.
Topic: Economic Justice, Governance, Health, Homelessness and Housing, Public Safety and Diversion
Motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
Description: Designate the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) to serve as the agent of the County for the administration of the CARES Act Funds and authorize the transfer of these allocated and future funds to LACDA by the County. Accept the CARES Act CDBG funds in the amount of $13,668,315 and ESG funds in the amount of $6,605,000, allocated to the County and incorporate into the current and future fiscal year budgets.
Topic: Economic Justice
Motion by Supervisors Hahn and Solis
Description: Instruct the Acting Executive Director of LACDA along with the Chief Executive Officer, through the Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Division, and the Director of Consumer and Business Affairs, to secure additional CARES Act funds to implement a Countywide Emergency Rental Assistance Program, seek additional funding to leverage additional CARES Act funds, including philanthropy and private funding, and report back to the Board in 30 days with an implementation plan.
Topic: Governance, Social Justice and Human Rights, Public Safety and Diversion
Original motion by Supervisors Solis and Barger; Amended motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
Description: Instruct the Department of Public Health to work in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, to include the following in the report back to the Board in writing within 7 days: the hospitalization data from County-operated hospitals, including average length of stay by racial group and age group, when available, and provide updates on a weekly basis; relevant demographic data, including race and ethnicity, across all testing sites including a breakdown by age groups and socioeconomic status, and analysis on COVID-19 testing data to include information on whether those who have requested testing on the online COVID-19 testing portal received testing and tested positive or negative by race and ethnicity, when available, and socioeconomic status, including an analysis of fatalities by race and ethnicity.
Topic: Child Welfare, Public Safety, and Diversion
Motion by Supervisor Solis
Description: Authorize the Director of Health Services to contract with Impact Justice to expand their AmeriCorps Program in support of youth transitioning back to Los Angeles County from the California Department of Juvenile Justice. Also instructs the Director of the Office of Diversion and Re-Entry’s Youth Diversion and Development Division to report back to the Board in writing within 180 days on how the expansion of the AmeriCorps Program is progressing and provide updates on progress and outcomes every 120 days thereafter.
Topic: Public Safety and Diversion, Homelessness and Housing
Motion by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Hahn
Description: Direct all appropriate Los Angeles County (County) departments to take appropriate action to implement, locally and statewide, the 16 recommended priority strategies within the “Comprehensive Crisis Response Strategy to Address Homelessness Statewide” report.
Topic: Juvenile Justice
Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom provides guidance on the release and reentry processes for youth to be expeditiously and safely discharged. He calls for all discharge and reentry hearings to be held by videoconference, and also allows reentry consideration hearings to be held in the facility in which they are lodged — instead of the division’s typical process, where youth are taken to a county jail to await their hearing.
Status: Issued April 14, 2020
Topic: Child Welfare, Social Safety Net
Description of Bill: Governor Gavin Newsom announced $42 million new investments to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19. Through a combination of state and federal funds, $27 million will go to families in the Emergency Response and Family Maintenance programs, $6 million for additional social worker outreach, $3 million to family resource centers across the state, among other crucial allocations. The administration emphasizes the priority to keep families together and provide as much support to social workers as needed to protect children who may face an increased risk during these times.
Status: Announced April 13, 2020
Topic: Housing and Homelessness
Description of Bill: On Friday, April 3, 2020, HUD released $1 billion across the nation to city, territory, county, and state Emergency Service Grant (ESG-CV) recipients as authorized by the CARES Act. ESG-CV funds are supplemental allocations intended for prevention and rapid response to the coronavirus pandemic among those experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Southern California is set to receive over $42 million in ESG-CV funds.
Status: Released April 3, 2020
Description of Bill: On April 8, 74 members of Congress, led by Representative Nydia Velazquez and Judy Chu, submitted a letter to the Small Business Administration urging them to provide resources and services in 10 commonly spoken languages. They call specifically for the SBA to utilize the $25 million that was appropriated through the CARES Act to provide language services to those with limited English proficiency. Equitable access to services and resources for time-sensitive recovery programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, is critical to ensure that thousands of business owners with limited English proficiency will not be disadvantaged.
Status: Letter sent on April 8, 2020.
Topic: Disaster Response
Description of Bill: The second COVID-19 stimulus package ensured free coronavirus testing, including free testing for Americans without health insurance, provides $1 billion for food assistance programs, and waives federal work requirements for such government programs. It also requires employers to provide paid sick leave for employees and established a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Status: Signed into Law on March 18, 2020
Description of Bill: HUD announced a rule to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.
Status: Issued March 18, 2020
Topic: Public Charge
Description of Bill: The federal government has clarified that all persons have symptoms that resemble coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis.
Status: Interim Guidance issued March 17, 2020
Topic: Disaster Response
Description of Bill: This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, including USDA, CDC, NIH. In addition, the bill provides supplemental appropriations for
the Small Business Administration. The bill also includes a waiver removing restrictions on Medicare providers allowing them to offer telehealth services to beneficiaries regardless of whether the beneficiary is in a rural community.
Status: Signed into Law March 6, 2020
Description of Bill: The President’s declaration of a national emergency under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for the COVID-19 pandemic triggers the provisions of Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 139 which provides guidance to employers for providing “emergency relief payments” to staff without those payments being considered as taxable income to the employee and exempts such payments from being subject to unemployment insurance taxes to the employer.
Status: Existing Law
Topic: Healthcare, Child Welfare
Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom allows for a 60-day waiver for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program caseworkers to continue their work and be able to care for older adults, as well as individuals with disabilities. This also includes directives to prioritize enrollment of children of essential workers in early learning and child care programs. This also includes prioritization of children with disabilities or special health care needs as well as children who are at high risk of neglect or abuse.
Status: Issued April 7, 2020.
Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom places a moratorium on evictions for renters who, due to COVID-19, cannot pay rent. This prohibits courts and law enforcement from enforcing evictions. The renters must notify their landlords and maintains that the full rental amount must be paid in a timely manner.
Status: Issued March 27, 2020
Topic: Medi-Cal Waivers
Description of Bill: The DHCS requests the federal government eases certain federal rules governing doctors and other health care providers who treat people covered through Medi-Cal, expands eligible telehealth coverage, and waive costs of COVID-19 related testing and treatment.
Status: Letter sent March 16, 2020; Waiver approved March 23, 2020, by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Description of Bill: Waive this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 school.
Status: Issued March 18, 2020; Authorized March 20, 2020, by US Department of Education
Description of Bill: Grants flexibility to local governments to spend their emergency homelessness funding on immediate solutions tailored to combatting COVID-19 and its impacts on the homeless population; also waives regulatory conditions for expanding housing options for unhoused individuals.
Status: Issued March 18, 2020
Topic: Social Safety Net
Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom waives eligibility redeterminations for 90-days in light of COVID-19 ensuring that Californians who rely on Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks, or other TANF programs will not lose access to these social safety net programs.
Status: Issued March 18, 2020
Topic: Increase the delivery of life-saving care and protect Californians during the COVID-19 health crisis
Description of Bill: The bill provides $500 million in funding, which can be increased in $50 million increments up to a total not to exceed $1 billion. The bill’s funding will enable: Leasing and activating two hospitals; Providing hotel beds for people experiencing homelessness, and helping local efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the homeless population; reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the homeless population; Funding In-Home Supportive Services/Adult Protective Services strike teams to support senior isolation.
Status: Signed into Law on March 16, 2020
Topic: School Funding
Description of Bill: This emergency funding bill includes provisions to Increase protective equipment, supplies, and cleaning for schools It also ensures districts will not lose expected revenue over Coronavirus-related closures.
Status: Signed into Law on March 16, 2020
Topic: School Meals
Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom safely provides school meals through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Status: Issued March 13, 2020
Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19; Delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.
Status: Issued March 12, 2020