Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs

Community Foundation Sonoma County

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Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 19, 2020 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Sonoma County, California

Location of residency: Sonoma County, California

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Julia L. Grant Fund For Basic Human Needs

This year, the Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs will return to an open, competitive grant program seeking to fund safety net services in Sonoma County. Eligible organizations may apply for a grant of up to $15,000 through a streamlined application process. We continue our commitment to minimizing the amount of time that nonprofits spend applying for and reporting on grants so that they can direct efforts to where they’re needed most—supporting our most vulnerable community members.

The Issue

A combination of factors in Sonoma County is exacerbating the ability of low-income residents to cover their basic human needs—and this has been made all the worse by the continuing effects of the devastating fires in October 2017. Families are too often forced to choose between paying their rent or medical bills, buying food or gas to get to work. In crises such as these, straightforward, real-time assistance with food, shelter, transportation, or medical expenses can prevent families from losing a job, falling into homelessness, or facing another day without food. Many organizations are already providing programs and services for our most vulnerable residents, but could benefit from readily available funds to distribute immediately and directly as the needs arise.

The Grant Program

Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs grant program provides a unique funding opportunity for non-profit organizations already working with vulnerable populations and in need of funding for critical safety net services. Funds may be used to provide immediate and direct assistance to secure shelter, emergency food, transportation, and support for urgent medical expenses to people in acute need. Examples of previous safety net services funded through this program include: support for rental assistance, emergency financial assistance for precariously housed individuals, provision of emergency food, diapers, and hygiene items, emergency funding for medical co-pays, etc.

Evaluation criteria include:

  • Support can be delivered immediately and directly to those in acute need (ex. gift cards, hotel vouchers, rent subsidies)
  • Organization is fiscally sound with strong management
  • Program minimizes barriers to accessing services

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


  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Sonoma County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
    • Organization whose primary mission falls under Health & Human Services
    • Intervention-related services that address short-term needs of community members, rather than prevention-oriented activities


  • Case management and referral services are not eligible for this funding
  • Program and general-operating support are not eligible for this funding