Foundation has awarded more than $540,000 through granting program since 2015
August 3, 2017
To address critical and time-sensitive community needs region-wide, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation recently granted nearly $75,000 to nine local nonprofit organizations.
The recipient organizations were selected from 59 submissions to the Foundation’s competitive Immediate Need Grants program. Awarded four times annually, these awards are 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 its four Strategic Initiatives.
“These grants help to meet the evolving needs of our community,” said Niva Flor, the Foundation’s Community Impact Officer. “When crises hit, or when new opportunities to enhance local services emerge, our region’s nonprofits need access to funding that is quick and flexible, and substantial enough to make an impact.”
The nonprofit awardees serve a range of sectors—including mental health and crisis intervention, the environment, and arts—and will use the funds to meet a variety of community needs in the Sacramento region.
Among the Immediate Need Grants awarded is one that will expand the local services available to victims of sexual exploitation, another that will repair a popular American River Parkway trail that was badly damaged during winter storms, and one that will bring to code the kitchen and food storage areas of a drop-in center for women and children.
A grant to Developmental Disabilities Services Organization covered the costs to purchase and install shade structures, allowing the organization to host some of its art classes and activities for adults with disabilities outside. “The added shade truly makes a difference, especially in this heat,” said Yvonne Soto, chief executive of the organization. “Thanks to the grant from the Foundation, these structures will be enjoyed and appreciated by our clients and staff members for years to come.”
Altogether, the Foundation granted $74,900 to the following organizations:
American River Parkway Foundation; California Coalition for Youth; Wellspring Women’s Center; River City Food Bank; Iu-Mien Community Services; Community Against Sexual Harm; Developmental Disabilities Organization; Putah Creek Council; and TLCS, Inc.
These organizations join the 55 nonprofits that have been awarded grants from the program since its launch in 2015. Combined with those awards, the Foundation has granted over $542,000 to address pressing community needs through the Immediate Need Grants program. Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant during the next round should visit the Nonprofits section of our website.
By focusing on the root causes of local challenges, seeking solutions with long-term results, and supporting the organizations that tend to the vital needs of the capital area, we help create the conditions for meaningful transformation in the Sacramento region.