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Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs

Grants to Sonoma County, California Nonprofits for
Emergency Safety Net Assistance for Underserved Populations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation Sonoma County

Deadline Date:

04/19/19 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging between $5,000 and $15,000 to Sonoma County, California nonprofit organizations for the provision of critical basic needs for disadvantaged communities. Funding is intended to provide direct, immediate assistance with rent payments, emergency food, shelter, transportation, and crucial medical expenses for low-income residents in crisis.

The grant program supports intervention-related services that address short-term needs of community members, rather than prevention-oriented activities. Examples of previous safety net services funded through this program include support for rental assistance, emergency financial assistance for precariously housed individuals, provision of emergency food, diapers, and hygiene items, emergency funding for medical copays, etc..

A combination of factors in Sonoma County is exacerbating the ability of low-income residents to cover their basic human needs—and this has been made all the worse by the continuing effects of the devastating fires in October 2017. Families are too often forced to choose between paying their rent or medical bills, buying food or gas to get to work. In crises such as these, straightforward, real-time assistance with food, shelter, transportation, or medical expenses can prevent families from losing a job, falling into homelessness, or facing another day without food. Many organizations are already providing programs and services for the most vulnerable residents, but could benefit from readily available funds to distribute immediately and directly as the needs arise.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173740

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible organizations may apply for a grant between $5,000 and $15,000.

Term of Contract:

It is fine to reapply for additional years of support provided the grant goals and criteria still align with program outcomes. Therefore, an organization that receives a grant this year may apply for additional funding next year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Sonoma County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
- Organization whose primary mission falls under Health and Human Services

Generally not funded:
- Annual fund campaigns, fundraising events or debt retirement
- Capital campaigns
- Conferences or one-time events
- Grants (or loans) to individuals, except academic scholarships
- Grants to primary and secondary schools or to individual schools academic foundations
- Political or religious purposes (or programs requiring religious participation)
- Projects that primarily serve residents outside of Sonoma County
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Case management and referral services, and program and general-operating support, are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
- March 11th, 2019: Grant application opens
- April 19th, 2019: Grant application closes at 4 p.m.
- May 17th, 2019: Applicants informed of grant awards

Generally, you may submit only one application per grant program per year. However, multi-service organizations (those that have distinct program departments serving different fields) may submit multiple applications. The grant period is from July 2019 through June 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about the Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs, please contact:

Ariana Diaz De Leon

For questions about the online application process, please contact:

Annette Williams

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Sonoma County