Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund

Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund
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Help for Nonprofits

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.

As of September 10, the Nonprofit Emergency Fund has granted $11,153,097 in funding to Bay Area nonprofits.

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. Learn about our grantees »

Apply for Grants in San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties

For San Mateo and Santa Clara nonprofits, please complete this application and email it to NPemergencyfund@siliconvalleycf.orgThis fund will wind down on September 30, 2020, at which point we will stop acception applications.

We welcome organizations interested in applying for Silicon Valley Strong funding. Please note, organizations that have already received grant funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Nonprofit Emergency Fund are not eligible to apply for SVStrong funding. Thank you for your understanding. SVCF appreciates your efforts to support the most vulnerable members of our communities through these challenging times and strives to reach as many organizations as possible. 

Apply for Grants in Other Counties

Nonprofits in other counties seeking emergency funding should reach out to the community foundations in their local areas.


Current SVCF fundholders may make contributions to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund directly from their charitable funds via the donor portal. Fundholders may also email with questions.

If you would like to send a check, please write "6019 – COVID-19 Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund" in the memo line and mail to:
Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Gift
Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund
PO Box 399235
San Francisco, CA 94139-9235

If you're utilizing overnight delivery by courier, please mail to:
Lockbox Services Box #399235
Silicon Valley Community Foundation – Gift
Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund
3440 Walnut Avenue, Bldg A, Window H
Fremont, CA 94538

Learn More

Please read our FAQs for common questions, or email with inquiries related to eligibility or the grant application process. For additional information, please contact Manuel Santamaría, SVCF’s vice president of community impact,