OC Community Resilience Fund: Application Guidelines
OC Community Resilience Fund Guidelines for Nonprofits:
The OC Community Resilience Fund will provide three types of grants to community providers:
- Funding to support community clinic operations for the purpose of providing preventative and medical services to those affected by COVID-19.
- Funding to support emergency grants to individuals affected by COVID-19 due to quarantine, business closures and/or lay-offs, school or other community program closures and/or lay-offs.
- Funding to support community-based organization operations for nonprofits serving vulnerable populations and who can present a clear case of direct impact due to the medical or economic effects impact of the pandemic. Support may also be given to nonprofits who have seen detrimental impacts to their fiscal and administrative operation as a result of a loss of revenue, fundraising, or staffing.
Nonprofits seeking funding must be able to demonstrate their capacity to serve Orange County’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities, including:
- Low income seniors
- Households living under the poverty line
- Immigrants and refugees
- Children ages 0-5
- School-aged children, youth, and families
- People with disabilities
Grant Opportunity Descriptions:
Community Clinic Grants
- Funding will be made available for community clinics providing medical care for those who are ill and may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus
- Priority will be given to community clinics providing care for those who are uninsured or underinsured to off-set the costs of uncompensated care
- These grants will provide support for core operations for those clinics providing preventive and medical services to those affected by or exposed to COVID-19
- Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $25,000
- Reporting requirements: grantees will be asked to report on numbers served and to offer a narrative description of impact on community members and nonprofit operations so that the Fund can continue to evolve its criteria to support providers
Emergency Grants to Individuals
- Funding will be provided to community-based organizations that have the capacity to provide emergency grants to individuals affected by COVID-19, which includes but is not limited to:
- Quarantine as a result of either themselves or a family member becoming sick or having been exposed to COVID-19
- Business closures and/or lay-offs
- School or other community program closures and/or layoffs
- Priority will be given to organizations who can document they have a currently operating Emergency Grants program and process for receiving, vetting, and ensuring proper use of funds according to all legal and compliance measures
- These grants will be primarily designated for individual awards, but will allow 20-25% of the grant funds to be applied toward core operating support to off-set the staff time and resources needed to coordinate and deliver on individual needs
- Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $12,000
- Reporting requirements: grantees will be asked to provide a spreadsheet of individual grants provided, anticipated use of funds (i.e. what need or risk is being mitigated), and what amount/percentage was applied toward core operating
Emergency Grants for Nonprofits
- Funding will be provided to nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities that request assistance to expand, adjust, or sustain existing services to accommodate increasing community needs as a result of such occurrences as school closures, program cancellations, etc.
- Grant amounts will range from $25,000 to $50,000
- Nonprofits seeking organizational capacity grants must:
- Currently serve vulnerable populations with critical social and health services
- Present a clear case for how your organization is directly impacted by and continuing to respond to the immediate needs of your community
- Demonstrate how a grant will have meaningful impact on capacity to sustain program operations relative to organizational budget size or numbers served
The Fund will be administered by Charitable Ventures, which will provide accounting and grants management in support of fund distribution.
Application Deadlines – April 30, 2020
The Fund will have rolling grant cycles, and will work to respond to applicants on a monthly basis, for the duration of the Fund and availability of funding.
Grant Review Committee
Applications will be reviewed regularly by a review committee comprised of Orange County Community Foundation staff, St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund and OC Grantmakers.
While keeping the reporting burden minimal, we will seek information from grantees on numbers served and description of impact on the community and on nonprofit operations. This information will be shared back with participating donors to keep them current with the Fund’s impact and the region’s emerging needs.
If you have any questions, please contact ResilienceFund@charitableventuresoc.org.
Application instructions: To reduce application burden on nonprofits serving the vulnerable, we ask applicants to do the following:
- Please go to the online application form below, and answer each question briefly.
- Before you press submit, please upload a two-page, signed letter of request on organizational letterhead to respond narratively to the following prompts:
- For Community Clinic Operations: Please describe the current situation for the vulnerable and marginalized populations you serve, and the immediate impact you are experiencing providing medical care for those who are ill or may have been exposed to COVID—19.
- For Emergency Grants for Individuals: Please describe the current situation for the vulnerable and marginalized populations you serve, and the current Emergency Grant program you operate, including your process for receiving, vetting and compliant distribution of funds to individuals.
- For Emergency Grants for Nonprofits: Please describe the current situation for the vulnerable and marginalized populations you serve, how this situation is impacting your capacity to maintain program operations, and how grant funding will allow you to expand, adjust and/or sustain critical program operations.
- Submit your application.