Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund

Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund
Photo courtesy of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

 

As of November 22, 2020, the Nonprofit Emergency Fund has granted $12,616,450 in funding to Bay Area nonprofits.

 

This fund is no longer accepting applications

This fund closed on September 30, 2020, and we've stopped accepting applications for Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Nonprofits in other counties seeking emergency funding should reach out to the community foundations in their local areas. For additional information, please contact npemergencyfund@siliconvalleycf.org.

Impact

mask donationThe Nonprofit Emergency Fund is part of our Covid 19 regional response effort, specifically designed to reach Santa Clara and San Mateo County nonprofits- to sustain and to strengthen their operations at a time great need.

As of September 10, SVCF received application requests totaling $17,299,748 from 415 organizations. 351 nonprofits received grant funding for purposes that include: food security, shelter and emergency housing programs, mental health and other tele-health services for vulnerable individuals and families.

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Nonprofit Emergency Fund Background Information

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.

WHO: Organizations with a 501c (3) designation.

WHAT (San Mateo & Santa Clara): Operating grants for nonprofit organizations that SVCF has pre-qualified to provide emergency-related services: food, shelter, health and mental health services to affected communities. SVCF will also provide operating grants for nonprofits that have experienced unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic as described below.

WHAT (Bay Area): Operating grants for nonprofit organizations that have experienced unexpected costs due the COVID-19 pandemic. These costs could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Increased sick days or other benefits needed for staff impacted by the illness
  • Meeting or event cancelations
  • Supplies related to health and hygiene (e.g., masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment) as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control or county public health departments
  • Technology upgrades or purchase of virtual communication vehicles
  • For schools, items needed for distance learning (computers, wi-fi hotspots, etc.) or supplies that support food distribution for low-income students
  • Other operational costs related to shifts in direct service plans or the provision of emergency services

WHERE: The 10 counties in the Bay Area region, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties.

HOW: SVCF is partnering with community foundations in the 10-county Bay Area region. Each community foundation will use a simple process to issue grants for the county(ies) they serve.

IMPACT: This new fund is poised reach thousands of Bay Area nonprofit organizations to strengthen their operations during this incredible time of need. Ongoing monitoring of progress and impact will ensure that funds are deployed as per strategic and public health guidance.

 

community relationships
SVCF's EVP of Community Action, Policy and Strategy Gina Dalma meets community leaders and visits a mobile unit supporting the unhoused.