Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund

Yolo Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $30,000

Fields of work: All fields of work Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Yolo County, California

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:

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Overview:

In this time of need, it is critical to support the organizations who are providing crisis care for our community. The Foundation is accepting applications on a rolling basis; as funds are limited, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. However, to ensure that organizations hard at work on this crisis, or with reduced staff, are not disadvantaged in the application process, we will not make award decisions before Monday, April 27.

Front-Line Response Grant: Funding will be provided to organizations that are addressing critical community needs that have been created or increased by the COVID-19 crisis. Grants are estimated to range between $10,000 to $30,000.

The Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund seeks to support organizations that are addressing critical community needs that have been created or increased by the COVID-19 crisis. Examples might include (but are certainly not limited to)

  • organizations working to ensure our health care workers can work (e.g., by providing PPE or childcare to essential workers),
  • those working to ensure that vulnerable community members have access to health care and health education,
  • those working to address the economic fall-out created by this crisis (e.g., providing food, shelter, or cash assistance),
  • those working to ensure the safety of those sheltering at home (e.g., through mental health programming or domestic violence prevention), and
  • those working to ensure that vulnerable students are able to learn at home.

Grants will be reviewed with the following criteria in mind:

  • Based on our community’s current needs, how critical are the needs this organization is currently addressing?
  • How effectively is this organization addressing those needs?
  • How many Yolo residents are being served by this organization? 

Nonprofit Sustainability Grant : The Relief Fund also seeks to support organizations at risk of closing or which have had to substantially reduce services due to COVID-19 and the circumstances it has created. Grants are estimated to range between $2,500 and $10,000.

The Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund also seeks to support organizations that are at risk of closing or have had to substantially reduce services due to COVID-19 and the circumstances it has created. This includes organizations which have seen a significant loss of income, a significant loss of volunteers, or increased costs required to deliver services. Funding from the Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund would be intended to help the organization stay afloat, so that it is able to rebuild after this crisis ends, and to continue to offer (likely modified) services during this time.

Grants will be reviewed with the following criteria in mind:

  • Outside of this crisis, how critical is this organization to the Yolo community?
  • How impactful is funding from the Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund likely to be on this organization’s ability to survive and to continue to offer services  during this crisis?
  • How effectively is this organization working to address the challenges of this crisis (e.g., by delivering its services in innovative ways, by pursuing other sources of funding, etc.)? 

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

Eligibility:

  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofits serving Yolo County residents in good standing with the IRS (or programs fiscally sponsored by such organizations). If the program is part of a larger effort that extends beyond the county, grantee must demonstrate that all funds from this grant are spent for the benefit of Yolo County residents.
  • Nonprofits must be serving a public purpose or public need
  • Nonprofits must have (or be willing to create) a financial policy including the following financial controls:
    • Check writing process that includes at least two separate signatures (e.g., one on check and one on check request or two signatures on check),
    • Regular review of bank statements by Finance Committee, Treasurer, or Chair,
    • Regular review of monthly financial statements by Board of Directors, and
    • Approval of annual budget by Board of Directors.

Ineligibility:

  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time, however grants to nonprofits that provide direct financial assistance to individuals or businesses can be awarded.
  • The following activities are not eligible for grants: 
    • Activities that promote a religious doctrine or require participants to be members of a denomination
    • 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
    • Sponsorships 

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