HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY EXTENDS COMMUNITY COVID-19 RELIEF WITH ADDITIONAL $100,000 IN GRANTS TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
Emergency funds for health access, mental health and food security grants being issued now by HCF, bringing total to $245,000
The Board of Directors of the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County has approved the funding of an additional $100,000 to the Emergency Healthcare Fund for 2021, which brings the total of Emergency Fund grants distributed since the advent of COVID-19 to $245,000. For this round, the Healthcare Foundation opened its first-ever responsive grant process. Grants range in amounts of $5,000 to $15,000.
The purpose of the Emergency Healthcare Fund is to help stabilize critical physical and mental healthcare and food security providers who are on the frontlines serving the needs of our most under-resourced community members. Emergency Grants will provide flexible, general operating support.
Sonoma County nonprofits that provide essential safety net services including access to physical and mental healthcare and food security were encouraged to apply. Twenty-three organizations applied with requests that totaled $305,000 for the available $100,000. Grants were restricted to organizations that serve northern Sonoma County (Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale), including those that are based in adjacent areas that serve people in our region.
The Healthcare Foundation is committed to ensuring that all community members have access to physical and mental healthcare. Our work is grounded in the values of equity, community and compassion. When the crisis hit last year, we knew who would be most affected – people with underlying health issues, immigrants, low-wage workers in the hospitality and agricultural sector, people who are unhoused, families with school-age children and elders. High Covid infection rates in the Latinx community revealed health disparities and inequities.
Our intention is to address these health inequities in the short-term with our Emergency Healthcare Fund. Our full-Board strategic planning process is addressing longer-term interventions and solutions, which will inform our grantmaking priorities for the rest of 2021 and beyond.
Types of Grants:
Our Emergency Response Fund provides general operating support for frontline organizations. Grants in this competitive process range in size from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on the needs, number of people served, and funds available.
A review panel of seven, consisting of both Board members and community members, narrowed the list of organizations from 23 to 14, then performed personalized due diligence. After serious deliberation, the panel made recommendations to support ten organizations to the full HCF Board, who voted to immediately release the $100,000 in available funds to several local nonprofit organizations. A press release announcing the grantees is forthcoming the week of March 15, 2021.
2021 HCF Emergency Fund Grants
- Alliance Medical Centers
- Alexander Valley Healthcare
- Corazón Healdsburg outreach
- Farm to Fight Hunger
- Farm to Pantry
- Food for Thought
- Reach for Home
- YWCA Sonoma County
“The Emergency Fund is a partnership between the Healthcare Foundation, our generous donors, and the nonprofits on the ground,” HFC Executive Director Kim Bender reports. “We raise funds so that nonprofits can focus on serving the most vulnerable people in our community at this time of unprecedented need. Right now that means vaccinating everyone who is eligible, growing and distributing nutritious food, and providing much needed mental health services. It’s been a long year since we launched the Emergency Fund in March of 2020. Until the majority of our region is vaccinated, all our businesses and schools have re-opened, and people are able to keep their homes and put food on the table, it’s all hands on deck.”