Foundation Announces Next Round of Immediate Need Grants

Awards $72,000 to support community projects at eight local nonprofits

To address critical and time-sensitive community needs region-wide, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation recently granted over $72,000 to eight local nonprofit organizations.

The recipient organizations were selected from 70 submissions to the Foundation’s competitive Immediate Need Grants program, which is designed to respond flexibly to pressing needs throughout the Sacramento region, supplementing the Foundation’s donor-advised granting and its sustained grantmaking aligned with its four Strategic Initiatives.

"Because of increasing needs in our community, the demands placed on local nonprofits continue to grow. Our Immediate Need Grants play a vital role in sustaining operations or programming when a crisis hits," said Priscilla Enriquez, the Foundation's Chief Giving Officer. "Whether supporting programming for emerging needs, or equipping our grantees with tools to address growing issues, these grants are helping nonprofits continue their important work."

Representatives from Opening Doors

Opening Doors will use its Immediate Need Grant to serve refugee families settling in the Sacramento region.

The nonprofit awardees serve a range of sectors—including health, human services, and foster youth—and will use the funds to meet a variety of community needs in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties.

Among the Immediate Need Grants awarded is one that will deliver preventative and restorative dental care to low-income children, and another that will train local business owners to recognize and report sex trafficking in their business districts.

A grant to Opening Doors will help ensure refugee families have access to food, clothes, and the necessities required to begin their lives in the Sacramento region. “Thanks to this grant from the Foundation, we will be able to accept contributions of furniture and household goods for our newly arrived refugee families. This will enable our families to preserve more of their limited funds as they transition into their new homes in the Sacramento region,” said Deborah Ortiz, chief executive of Opening Doors.

Altogether, the Foundation granted $72,230 across the four-county region to the following organizations:

Agape Villages Foster Care Agency; El Dorado Community Health Center; Empower Yolo; Opening Doors; Reading Partners; Society for the Blind; The Yisrael Family Urban Farm; and WEAVE

These organizations join the 26 nonprofits that were awarded grants from the program since its launch in 2015. Combined with those awards, the Foundation has granted over $364,000 to address pressing community needs quickly and flexibly through the Immediate Need Grants program.