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Grants to California Nonprofits to Address the Immediate Needs of Vulnerable Residents in Eligible Locations

Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs

GrantWatch ID# 173740
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Sonoma County

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/27/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations to address the needs of vulnerable residents in eligible locations. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support the provision of immediate help to individuals and families that are in acute need. Eligible proposals benefit community members in Sonoma County.

The Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs grant program provides a unique funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations already working with vulnerable populations and in need of funding for critical safety net services. The Julia L. Grant Basic Human Needs Grant Program is meant to address the most essential needs of families and individuals in Sonoma County. 

Funds may be used to provide immediate and direct assistance to secure shelter, emergency food, transportation, and support for urgent medical and dental expenses to people in acute need. Examples of previous safety net services funded through this program include:

  • Rental assistance
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Diapers and other hygiene items
  • Medical expenses
  • Emergency food boxes or grocery store gift cards


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility: Sonoma County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or fiscally sponsored.

- Case management and referral services are not eligible for this funding.
- Program and general operating support are not eligible for this funding.

Pre-Application Information
The 2023 Basic Human Needs grant program is open by invitation only: If you have a program or project that is a strong fit with the Basic Human Needs grant criteria, please feel free to submit a brief summary describing your work. The Community Impact Team will contact you if there is an opportunity to explore further.

- January 9, 2023: Grant application opens; invited applicants will be emailed a link to apply
- January 27, 2023: Grant application closes at 5pm
- Late February: Applicants informed of grant awards
- Grant Period: March 15th, 2023 through March 14th, 2024

Contact Information
Submit a brief summary describing your work to

For questions about the Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs, please contact:
José Castro Gambino , Community Impact Officer

For questions about the online application process, please contact:
Annette Williams, Community Impact Coordinator

Community Foundation Sonoma County
120 Stony Point Road, Suite 220
Santa Rosa CA 95401

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