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SOLANO COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND

Established: Mar 13, 2020

SCF has committed $50,000 to stand up this fund but we need your support.  We are actively soliciting additional resources from other foundations, corporate partners and generous donors during this COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
SCF will use this emergency fund as the fastest, most efficient way to get dollars into the hands of nonprofits serving our neighbors and friends who are most negatively impacted by this health crisis.  By making emergency response grants, this fund will help address the immediate and continuing needs of Solano County residents.
 
Nonprofit partners providing essential health care services, and protecting the at-risk populations, step up as "second responders" during a crisis like this. Our current situation is still very fluid, but with help from partnering organizations we are able to identify potential needs and gaps in basic human services, healthcare, housing, and employment.  
 
The full extent of the impact this pandemic will have on our community remains to be seen, however, it is already clear that the needs of our residents and the organizations serving them will be substantial. Community foundations across the Bay Area (all nine counties) have activated emergency funds to rapidly provide flexible resources to organizations to help them serve those most vulnerable and deeply impacted by this crisis. 
 
Specific instructions about SCF emergency response grant making procedures from this Fund are being finalized; details will be made available soon.
 
COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants will focus on two areas:
  1. Individual financial need. In partnership with charitable organizations, SCF will help support their struggling community members in securing basic needs (i.e., food, shelter, medicine), and lessen the impact caused by loss of wages, business closures and social distancing measures.
  2. Nonprofit general operating support. SCF will provide unrestricted funds to charitable organizations to help them meet operating expenses and payroll for their staff, which in turn will help them continue to carry out their mission and support their communities.
Community foundations are among the most uniquely positioned organizations to help those impacted by disasters. SCF is collaborating with other community foundations, funders, local business, governments, and other stakeholders to secure funding and resources and get them to where they are most needed.
 
Grants made from this fund will support projects and programs that include the elements of tolerance, co-operation, compromise, diversity, preservation and inclusiveness while concentrating on unmet needs and gaps to be filled in areas often overlooked. 
 
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. 
 
Send an email to Valerie Rogers at grants@solanocf.org with questions about grantmaking.  Contact Connie Harris at ceo.harris@solanocf.org with specific questions about the fund 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. 
 
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