COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

California Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Health Facilities & Clinics Emergency Medical Care & Services Supportive Housing & Shelters Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Immigrant Services Civic Engagement & Education Basic Human Needs Technology Access & Digital Literacy Educational Access & Equity Telemedicine & Telehealth Art & Culture Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Since its discovery in December 2019, the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has rapidly evolved and expanded across our region. COVID-19 has since spread into over 100 countries—including the United States, killing several thousands of people.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially named this outbreak a pandemic. COVID-19 cases continue to mount across LA County. Government officials are taking sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus by closing schools and colleges, delaying travel, cancelling events and enacting social distancing policies. 

California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from hardship relief to long-term recovery. This fund will support community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through our Pass it Along Fund. CCF is a community foundation and our community is Los Angeles County. By being responsive during times of uncertainty, we embrace our leadership role to respond to the evolving needs of our diverse residents.

Funding Priorities

The COVID-19 crisis is exposing what we have always known: deep inequities and a broken safety-net leaves millions of people without help or relief. Today, the painful realities for those who don’t have the ability to access paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, or social safety net programs to help them weather this storm are suddenly at the forefront.

Addressing these issues is not new to CCF. We have long been committed to strengthening our most vulnerable communities to create a more thriving Los Angeles. We have the grantmaking and advocacy expertise along with the established relationships within community to understand and address these needs to help our region rebuild in a more equitable way.

The fund continues to distribute grants on a rolling basis addressing emerging needs in the community with a focus on education, health, homelessness, and individual hardship assistance through our nonprofit partners. Examples include:

  • Hardship Assistance – Grants supported nonprofit partners to make aid available to help individuals and families address an immediate, emergency. CCF is supporting dozens of community-based partners to administer this assistance, often aligned with case-management and other services, though its Pass It Along (PIA) Program, RUSH Fund for college students and additional nonprofits serving vulnerable communities throughout LA County.
  • Education – Grants helped school districts and service providers respond to needs of students and families to ensure access to educational resources and technologies, meals, to socio-emotional supports. We sought to ensure the needs of vulnerable youth who could not remain safe and effectively learn in distance learning settings. We focused on foster youth, English learners and students with disabilities.
  • Health – Grants helped community clinics, hospitals and other health providers offer COVID testing, telehealth care at sites serving people experiencing homelessness and coordination of care across LA County especially for communities at greatest risk of health disparities.
  • Housing – Grants helped housing providers and shelter operators respond to needs for outreach, social distancing, isolation and for increased demand for emergency services. Grants also supported families through a rental recovery pilot program.
  • Food Security – Grants funded the expansion of food security programs by supporting area foodbanks and meal distribution centers. Food insecurity has increased with the current economic conditions and is projected to stay at an elevated level for the next several months.
  • Immigration – Grants supported organizations working to serve the needs of vulnerable families severely impacted by the current health and economic crisis. Millions of immigrants and their families are navigating the current pandemic restricted from accessing health and economic relief due to their immigration status.
  • Arts – Grants supported artists facing hardship and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in LA County as they rebuild and reimagine a new path forward.
  • Civic Engagement and Policy Advocacy – Support community organizing, policy and advocacy efforts for equitable access to health care, housing, education and economic relief for communities that are not captured in the safety net.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


This page was last reviewed February 01, 2021 and last updated October 19, 2020