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 $64 million to support San Diegans in need and and granted $54 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

COVID-19 Pandemic Relief – State & Federal

On December 27, 2020, a fourth federal stimulus bill was approved in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to $500 million in state grants available to nonprofits, the stimulus package includes more than $900 billion in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, providing assistance to nonprofits, businesses, families, performance venues and cultural institutions.

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.

$500 Million Available in State Grants

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is providing micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.

Key Dates

  • Round 1 application period closed January 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST
  • Round 1 approval notifications are being sent on a rolling basis January 15 – January 22, 2021
  • Nonprofits that did not apply in Round 1 can apply for Round 2 consideration February 2 – February 8, 2021
  • Round 2 approval notifications will be sent on a rolling basis February 11 – February 18, 2021

Any applicants not awarded in Round 1, but eligible, will be automatically considered for Round 2. You do not need to reapply. Visit to learn more about the program and review application guidelines, requirements and eligibility criteria.

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Application Support

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.

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PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) for Nonprofits Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for first-time borrowers January 11. Nonprofits that already received a PPP loan and can demonstrate at least a 25% loss in revenue during 2020 as compared to 2019 can now apply for a second PPP loan (PPP2), as well.

San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a live webinar with a Q&A session to review how PPP and PPP2 loans work and how nonprofits can apply.

Monday, January 25, 2021
10:00 a.m.

Register Today

Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. For questions, please contact Desiree Dolores at

Federal Stimulus Package

The Federal Government also approved a new stimulus package that includes new and renewed assistance for small business owners and nonprofits, including:

  • Additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), allowing businesses and nonprofits that did not receive a loan to apply and receive a loan equal to 2.5 times their monthly payroll
  • Options for businesses and nonprofits that have had at least a 25% drop in revenue to apply for a second PPP loan. Certain industries hardest hit, such as restaurants and hospitality, can receive up to 3.5 times their monthly payroll
  • $15 billion for grants for live venues that have been shuttered, including theaters, museums and other cultural institutions
  • An extension of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, including a renewal for the up to $10,000 grant program for businesses and nonprofits that did not previously receive the funding
  • Availability of PPP loans for nonprofit 501(c)(6) organizations in addition to 501(c)(3) organizations

SBDC has helped nonprofits obtain disaster assistance through its trainings and one-on-one advising, including help securing both PPP loans and EIDL loans from the federal government.

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Additional Resources

San Diego County Relief and Funding Support

Federal Relief & Stimulus Information for Nonprofits

Staffing and Human Resources

Fundraising Toolkit

Public Health Guidelines

General Resources