$102,000 will help 12 nonprofits meet urgent community needs
To address critical and time-sensitive community needs region-wide, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation recently granted over $102,000 to twelve local nonprofit organizations.
The recipient organizations were selected from 75 submissions to our 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 long-term grantmaking aligned with our four Strategic Initiatives.
“These grants play a vital role in sustaining nonprofits when crises hit, or when opportunities to enhance their services emerge,” said Priscilla Enriquez, our Chief Giving Officer. “To meet the changing needs of our community, local organizations need access to funding that is quick and flexible, which is why we doubled the number of award cycles from two to four.”
A 2016 Immediate Need Grant helped Empower Yolo provide connected health resources and education to Yolo County’s low-income population.
The nonprofit awardees serve a range of sectors—including health, human services, housing, and social action—and will use the funds to meet a variety of community needs in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.
Among the Immediate Need Grants awarded is one that will repair the roof of a building damaged by recent winter storms that houses a live-in program for women recovering from addiction, and another that will provide 2,000 meals to seniors at risk of malnutrition or isolation.
A grant to Only Kindness, Inc. will help El Dorado County enhance coordinated services for the homeless there. “Because we don’t currently have an effective data collection system in place, our county receives little federal and state funding to combat homelessness, and we have to meet a late-year deadline to be eligible for future funding,” said Rene Evans, Executive Director of Only Kindness, Inc. “The Foundation’s timely award substantially supports our effort to address homelessness in El Dorado County.”
Altogether, the Foundation granted $102,631 across the four-county region to the following organizations:
Bridge Network; Center for Land-Based Learning; Children’s Choice for Hearing & Talking Sacramento; Foster Youth Education Fund; KidsFirst; Only Kindness Inc.; Powerhouse Ministries; Sacramento Area Congregations Together; Seniors First; and Soil Born Farms
These organizations join the 43 nonprofits that have been awarded grants from the program since its launch in 2015. Combined with those awards, we have granted over $467,000 to address pressing community needs through the Immediate Need Grants program.