Kern County COVID-19 Relief Fund

Kern Community Fund

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $30,000

Fields of work: Employment Services Basic Human Needs All fields of work Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Kern County, California

Location of residency: Kern County, California

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About this funder:

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Overview:

Kern Community Foundation established the Kern County COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Kern County. Grants from the fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus. The Foundation will award operating grants on an ongoing basis to nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose operations in support of vulnerable populations and those affected by the pandemic have been stressed by the outbreak.

Grant Criteria

Kern Community Foundation will consider grant requests to:

  • Assist nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, living expenses, transportation costs, etc.) related to job layoffs, unemployment and other hardships caused by the current crisis.
  • Assist nonprofit organizations experiencing staffing and/or volunteer gaps due to quarantines and social distancing
  • Assist nonprofit organizations with financial planning and resilience

Grants are expected to range between $5,000 to $30,000 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for additional funds as needs arise. Requests will be reviewed and grants awarded as quickly as possible.

Grant Selection Process

Through an expedited, competitive application process, KCF will award operating grants on an ongoing basis to nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose operations in support of vulnerable populations and those affected by the pandemic have been stressed by the outbreak. We expect the needs generated by this pandemic will exceed available funds. A committee will review grant applications as needed and make recommendations to the President/CEO, taking into account innovative, outside-the-box solutions presented by applicants to help deal with the crisis.

Grant Awards

We expect grants to range in size from $5,000 to $30,000. Organizations may apply for more than one grant during the 2020 calendar year, as this fund is intended to be responsive to the ongoing needs of the community.

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

Eligibility:

  • Grants are open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving Kern County residents.

Ineligibility:

  • As a community foundation, Kern Community Foundation cannot award grants to businesses and individuals; however, it can and does award grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct financial assistance and other services to individuals.
  • Exclusions
    • Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
    • Academic or medical research
    • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
    • Annual fundraising campaigns or events
    • Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
    • Payment of debt or legal settlements
    • Political or partisan purposes
    • Kern Community Foundation does not support organizations that discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law.

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