This page provides San Diego nonprofit organizations with information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, as well as helpful resources to support your organization while navigating this public health and economic crisis. To view this content in Spanish or other languages, please use the translation tool located at the bottom of this page.
A Fund for Nonprofits & Our Community
The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is deploying resources on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations that are supporting low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Thanks to your generosity, we’ve raised $66 million to support San Diegans in need and and granted $58 million, including 244 grants to 200 nonprofit partners providing our region’s most vulnerable communities with computers; internet access; childcare; food security; financial assistance; medical support; workforce training and other emergent needs.
Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the coronavirus outbreak and its recovery phases.
Ongoing Grant Agreements
Community foundations are established to take care of our community in times of crisis, and we recognize the importance of nonprofit partnerships in helping to fulfill that purpose. In addition to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, The San Diego Foundation has signed the Council on Foundations Pledge to give nonprofits more flexibility to use funding where it’s needed most. If you have questions about what this means for your organization, (particularly if you are a current grant recipient of The San Diego Foundation or have a fund at The San Diego Foundation) please contact email@example.com.
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program: New Funding Rounds
Four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will provide $2.075 billion for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the pandemic. The new package also includes a $50 million allocation for nonprofit cultural institutions.
Four competitive funding rounds will be conducted by California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate selected intermediary, Lendistry. Additional information can be found at CAReliefGrant.com and below:
Round 3 (waitlisted applicants from Rounds 1 and 2): Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021
- Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in Rounds 1 and 2 – only existing applicants will be selected. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.
- Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
- Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted
Round 4 (non-profit cultural institutions only): Tuesday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
- Eligible applicants: Only non-profit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
- Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
- Details: Eligible non-profit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to non-profits cultural institutions that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019
Round 5: Thursday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st
- Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
- Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
- Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, & 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com
Round 6: Date to be announced soon
- Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
- Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
- Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com
The San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC), San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation have partnered to help business owners and nonprofit leaders access state and federal funding.
SBDC is committed to assisting applicants with this grant opportunity. It will help nonprofits and businesses prepare for the application and ensure you have all the needed documentation to be successful in the process.
The American Rescue Plan Act
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law on March 11, 2021, enacting one of the largest economic relief programs in U.S. history. It is now up to charitable nonprofits to utilize provisions of this new law that are designed to help their organizations and the people they serve survive and recover.
San Diego County Relief and Funding Support
- The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is offering interest-free loans to San Diego nonprofit organizations. Inquire at www.sandiegosbnlp.org.
- The City of San Diego has established a COVID-19 small business relief fund to provide organizations with either grants of $10,000 or low-interest loans of $10,000 to $20,000. As of December 2020, all SBRF program funds have been expended.
- San Diego County has established a COVID-19 small business stimulus grant program that is open for nonprofits and small businesses.
Federal Relief & Stimulus Information for Nonprofits
- National Council of Nonprofits updates its site daily with legal analysis and important information related to federal relief packages and how federal support will impact nonprofits and employers. The site includes a helpful chart about the types of loans available to nonprofits.
- Southern California Grantmakers outlines the nonprofit assistance available in the CARES Act, including what you need to know about loan programs, paycheck protection, the employee retention payroll tax credit and a new charitable giving incentive.
- Nonprofits are eligible for the California Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Program.
Staffing and Human Resources
- If you are considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, San Diego Workforce Partnership has resources and staff available to assist you before making any final decisions.
- California has layoff alternatives available for employers interested in exploring more staffing options.
- To learn more about employment or to help former staff apply for unemployment, visit the California Employment Development Department.
- To view more resources for employers and workers regarding paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, and workplace health and safety guidance, visit the California Workforce Development Agency.
- Use these helpful tips on how to fundraise during a recession.
- Find out from experts on how to continue fundraising for non-pandemic causes.
- Learn how to master your digital strategy and communicate during COVID-19.
- Here are 10 tips on how to host an online auction while everyone is at home.
- If your fundraising event is cancelled, read about these seven steps to move any fundraiser to a virtual event.
- If you’re emailing donors during COVID-19, here are tips on how to best communicate with your network.
Public Health Guidelines
- San Diego County lists all the local requirements and restrictions related to COVID-19. Here you will find daily updates about the coronavirus in the region, as well as nonprofit-specific information for organizations in San Diego.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the latest news, coronavirus updates and public health requirements. It also has a page dedicated to businesses and employers to keep your staff safe.
- For more resources, strategies and support, the California Association of Nonprofits, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Bloomerang have put together COVID-19 Resource Guides to help nonprofits during these difficult times.
- The State of California put together offers, resources and tools that provide support to small businesses.