Over the coming weeks and months, everyone in Northern California will continue to experience the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, what we have learned confirms that the health, economic, educational and social impacts will be felt most acutely by the most vulnerable populations and the organizations that serve them. This includes older adults, low-wage workers and their families, communities of color including Tribal communities, people who are living in poverty and/or rural isolation, under- and uninsured, unemployed and/or non-English-proficient residents and the nonprofit organizations who work with them.
The Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund deploys grants to nonprofit organizations in our network as they work to meet needs in disproportionately impacted communities. We are accepting applications from our nonprofit partners by invitation only. We disburse additional funds as pledged funds are received.
“We recently distributed 100 grocery boxes, 10 boxes of masks and sanitizers and 11 laptops to the communities of Northern Wintu and Fort Bidwell. Grocery boxes were provided to Elders within the community who have been particularly affected by COVID-19 due to job loss or other challenges.”-California Indian Manpower Consortium
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation is raising private and philanthropic contributions to provide support to those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Initial contributions from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation launched the Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund. We will work with other funder partners, community organizations and private contributors to increase the fund and deploy needed support to Northern California nonprofits that work directly with vulnerable community members in the counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba. View a map enlargement.
The mission of the Response Fund is to ensure vulnerable families, individuals and the nonprofits serving them receive assistance for essential supplies, food, rent, utilities and other basic needs, including access to health and human services, programs and protections available under local, state and federal law.
Mountain Democrat (April 3): Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund here to help
KNCO Grass Valley (April 1): Rapid Response Fund For Economic Victims
March 31 News Release: Philanthropy and Community Launch Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund