Resources for Community Organizations

May 27, 2020
By raymond

Rapid Response Funds

Liberty Hill Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Community Organizing

This emergency fund is designed to support immediate community organizing needs on the frontlines and fuel emergency advocacy efforts in Los Angeles County to protect the most vulnerable during this time of unimaginable upheaval due to the COVID-19 crisis. Small grants, up to $5,000. Priority given to existing Liberty Hill community partners and grant recipients.

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Contact: Joanna Kabat, Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building

California Community Foundation: COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from hardship relief to long-term recovery. This fund will support community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through our Pass it Along Fund.

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City of Long Beach: Coronavirus Relief Fund

The Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund will support community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus response in the Long Beach area. Grants will be made to support approved 501(C)3 nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations working on these efforts.

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Community Foundation of the Valleys: Fund for San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valleys Nonprofits.

With a generous matching gift of $50,000 from the Wolf Family Foundation and a grant of $50,000 from the Weingart Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Valleys (CFV) is soliciting donations from individuals, businesses and other foundations to raise another $50,000 or more for a combined total in excess of $150,000. These funds will be distributed by the Foundation to established pre-screened nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys that are providing critical services to vulnerable individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19-related economic downturn.

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Groundswell: Rapid Response Fund

During this acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Groundswell has broadened their Rapid Response Fund criteria to support organizing groups to respond to the immediate needs of their communities. A multi-issue fund, our Rapid Response Fund supports organizations on the frontlines, defending the most vulnerable communities with timely, flexible grants with an emphasis on funding in states and communities where women of color, transgender people of color, and low-income women and trans people-led organizing is under-resourced. 2020 grant requests can range from $1,500 to $15,000; averaging between $5,000 – $10,000. On a case-by-case basis, Groundswell may consider requests above $15,000.

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Heising-Simons Foundation Coronavirus Grantee Rapid Response Fund

This rapid response fund is designed to offset unexpected costs incurred for disruptions to operations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Applicants must be current Heising-Simons Foundation grantees that have experienced unexpected costs incurred due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The unexpected costs must be incurred between March 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020. Only grantees that are tax-exempt or fiscally sponsored are eligible to apply.

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Hispanics in Philanthropy: COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is offering philanthropic support to provide emergency mini-grant funds to current, active grantees in our Migration and Forced Displacement Program to help them develop protocols to prepare for and respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rapid Response Migration Fund will award mini-grants to help frontline migrant-serving organizations develop and launch emergency protocols, cover unexpected costs due to office closures or disrupted revenue streams, increase agility in services and advocacy, and address other unforeseen impacts of the ongoing pandemic. HIP is offering mini-grants of between $5,000 and $15,000 to our existing grantee partners based on need, demonstrated cost and impact to the organization, and urgency of the funds requested. The funds can be used to further existing work as agreed to in HIP – grantee partner agreements and for overcoming unexpected costs to continue work.

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Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

The COVID-19 Crisis Fund will support critical needs identified by the City as it responds to the pandemic. The Mayor’s Fund, a 501c3, can quickly take in and disburse funds and is uniquely aligned with the City. The Mayor of Los Angeles has identified the following key priority areas:

  • Support for Families and Small Businesses
  • Relief for Healthcare Workers
  • Critical Healthcare Equipment
  • Services for Our Unhoused Neighbors

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Pasadena Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund

This fund is invitation-only, application-based. Based on the results of our assessment and ongoing conversations with community leaders, the Pasadena Community Foundation will continue to prioritize serving vulnerable populations with immediate needs, including food insecurity. The PCF COVID- 19 Response Fund will provide grants to community nonprofits who:

  • Provide services in the PUSD footprint, including Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.
  • Serve low income and vulnerable populations. Specifically, homebound seniors, families with school age children and individuals in crisis due to the pandemic.
  • Are keeping their doors open and maintaining services during this pandemic.
  • Meeting basic needs with an emphasis on addressing food insecurity.

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The Eisner Foundation: Rapid Response Fund

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, The Eisner Foundation has created a new Rapid Response grant program that will provide Los Angeles County-serving organizations with grants to serve older adults and combat social isolation. Ideally, these grants would invest in technological solutions or other logistical needs so that organizations can adapt quickly now, and have better infrastructure in place for their long-term work. Special consideration will be given to current or recent TEF grantees, and current grant recipients are eligible.

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United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Pandemic Relief Fund

As the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic, United Way of Greater Los Angeles has announced the creation of the Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students, and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.

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Women's Foundation of California: Relief and Resilience Fund

During this time of uncertain impacts on the health, safety and economic security of our communities, the Women’s Foundation of California will offer rapid response funding to current grantee partners through the Relief and Resilience Fund. Relief grants will help off-set costs incurred to maintain operations or adapt to health and financial impacts caused by COVID-19.

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Rapid Response Funds at Philanthropy California Site

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Digital Organizing Tools

Community Change Digital Organizing Toolkit

Social Movement Technologies

Census Digital Outreach Tools and

For more access to a more comprehensive set of resources and access to our organizer’s online drive, please contact:

Additional Non-Profit Resources

Cal Non-Profits COVID-19 Resources

Center for Non-Profit Management COVID-19 Resource Center

The Management Center – Tips on Hiring during COVID

Nonprofit Finance Fund COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

Government Resources

COVID-19 in California (California State Website)

Los Angeles County Public Health Department


Los Angeles City COVID-19

LA Community Resources Guide – COVID-19 (compiled by LA City Staff)

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

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