Foundation Awards Relief Grants to 108 Local Nonprofits

Awards focus on organizations impacted by COVID-19

As of May 20, 2020

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the region’s leading local grantmaker, announced that it has awarded over $775,000 to 108 nonprofit organizations that provide vital services within the capital area and that face severe operational challenges and non-recoverable expenses as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

These grants from the Foundation’s Sacramento Region Disaster Relief Fund support organizations providing essential services—including emergency assistance, food security, healthcare, and childcare—to some of the capital area’s most vulnerable populations. Among the grants awarded from the Relief Fund is one that will expand childcare programs for children of essential workers, another that will provide resources to low-income students and their families, and one that will support drive-through food distribution sites and deliveries to local seniors and unhoused populations.

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Grants from the Relief Fund have been made possible thanks to the support of the Foundation’s fundholders, area businesses, and generous regional partners.Those partners include The California EndowmentThe James B. McClatchy FoundationBlue Shield of California Foundation; Sierra Health Foundation, as part of the Donate4Sacramento campaign; Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the primary funder of The PG&E Corporation Foundation; Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

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“The coronavirus has had a devastating effect on organizations that provide critical services to so many in the capital area. Our nonprofit partners are reporting extreme hardships in the communities they serve, and in the impact of the virus on their operations,” said the Foundation’s chief executive, Linda Beech Cutler. “While the long-term impact of the coronavirus and the volatility it has created remains unclear, we are committed to working closely with all of our partners to see it through, together.”

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Awards from the Relief Fund are flexible, one-time grants; they are made on a rolling basis, with weekly grant reviews by Foundation staff and a community advisory committee. 



After being activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and seeded with a gift from the Foundation, the Sacramento Region Disaster Relief Fund has grown thanks to the incredible generosity of fundholders, individual donors, and regional partners.

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