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SOLANO COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND

Established: Mar 13, 2020

As the coronavirus and ensuing economic fallout have ravaged our country, we’ve seen firsthand how this crisis heightens social and systemic inequalities.  Structural racism, disparities in the labor market, and differences in citizenship status are contributing to how this pandemic impacts our communities.

INFORMATION & RESOURCES

California - COVID-19 homepage     FAQ

United States (CDC) - COVID-19 homepage     FAQ

The work of first responders is more important than ever, and they have been on the frontlines from the beginning of the pandemic performing life-saving work to help the most vulnerable populations.  Our nonprofit partners (as second responders) continue helping those who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need direct assistance (sick, elderly, low-income, homeless) due to illness, business closures, and loss of income.

As "second responders" during this crisis, charitable nonprofits and faith-based organizations are providing essential health care services and support, and are protecting the at-risk populations.  The current situation and health status is still very fluid in certain parts of Solano County.   Although we do not know the full extent of the impact that this pandemic will have on our communities, it is already clear that the needs of our residents and the organizations serving them will be substantial and ongoing.   We are asking for help from the community, partnering organizations and donors, to identify the funding gaps that are impacting basic human needs; food, healthcare, housing, and employment.

The Solano Community CEO, Board and Staff have been working remotely during this difficult time to continue our grantmaking.  We are forever grateful to our donors, especially the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the League of California Community Foundations.  Without their support, leadership and generosity, we would not be able to support our residents and the nonprofits who are providing direct services and support.  

As of May 12, 2020, we have received over $650,000 from our main donor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation through their COVID-19 Regional Emergency Response Fund.  So far, we have awarded 25 grants for a total of $325,495 to nonprofits and faith-based charitable organizations. These emergency response grants from the Solano Community Impact Fund is helping address the immediate and continuing needs of Solano County residents.  

As a member of the League of California Community Foundations, our organization received a $25,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of its $50 million effort to provide humanitarian aid to help some of the families and communities feeling the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants.  Organizations in need of funding should first read the eligibility and application instructions for information about applying for an SCF COVID-19 Emergency Response grant, then complete and submit the application form. Funding is available for two specific purposes/areas:

  1. Direct Basic Needs Support. Funding to help low-income children and families, adults, and older adults struggling to secure basics needs (i.e., food, shelter, healthcare, and medicine), and 
  2. Nonprofit Operating Support. Funding to help nonprofits continue operating and thus able to deliver essential services to their communities (i.e, payroll expenses, IT equipment, etc.).

  COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants - Eligibility & Application Instructions

  COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Application Form

  SCF Grantee Bank ACH & Wire Transfer Information Form

Please send your completed Application Form and related documents via email to Valerie Rogers, Grants & Programs Manager, at grants@solanocf.org

 

GRANTEE REPORT FORM.

All grantees are required to submit a written grantee report to SCF when all awarded monies have been spent, or no later than September 30, 2020, whichever occurs first.  Download, complete and return the fill-in-the-blank report form below.

  SCF COVID-19 Emergency Funding Grantee Final Report

Contact Connie Harris, CEO at ceo.harris@solanocf.org or call 707-399-3846 with questions about this fund's purpose or about making a large donation to this fund.  We are all working remotely, and although it may take us a little longer than usual, we will get back to you. 

The Solano Community Impact Fund was originally created to further SCF’s mission to support and cultivate sustainable and long-term resilient communities in Solano County.  Emergency response grantmaking efforts will focus on vulnerable and under-served populations (e.g., seniors, homeless, unemployed, marginalized) during times of crisis. 

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