December 7, 2021
Grants focus on supporting communities impacted by ongoing health and economic crises
The Foundation has awarded 40 grants totaling $312,000 to nonprofits that are addressing ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and building programs and partnerships to foster the long-term resilience of the capital area.
Grants from the Foundation’s Building Equitable Communities Fund support organizations throughout El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties that work across a range of sectors, including human services, education, arts and culture, community improvement, and youth development.
Among the grants awarded is one that will help rural, immigrant residents access critical social service and economic resources; another that will support youth-led efforts to promote mental health among students of color and LGBTQ+ youth at local high schools; and one that will help volunteers provide critical mobility- and safety-related repairs to homes in low-income neighborhoods.
“So many of our neighbors throughout the Sacramento region continue to experience the cascading impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating wildfires, and economic uncertainty—all ongoing crises that disproportionately harm those in our community who are already most vulnerable,” said Linda Beech Cutler, the Foundation’s chief executive. “These grants aid the vital work that community-based organizations have been doing, day-in and day-out, to build a more equitable and thriving Sacramento region.”
A majority of the grants were made to nonprofits that are led by people of color, or primarily serve marginalized populations in the region. Additionally, most of the grants were awarded to nonprofits with annual budgets of less than $500,000—small but high-impact organizations that have nimbly adjusted their services to meet evolving community needs.
The grants were made possible thanks to the support and generosity of the Foundation’s fundholders, local donors, area businesses, and regional partners.