In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County has established a multi-sector COVID-19 Relief Program that encompasses support for individuals and families, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in Mendocino County. Our communities rely on the many non-profit organizations for basic needs, arts and cultural opportunities, caring for the environment, and so much more. However, these critical organizations are already experiencing financial and programmatic impacts due to the pandemic and correlating financial crisis. The Community Foundation aims to help non-profits adapt and to pivot to the changing social and economic conditions through COVID-19 Non-Profit Relief Grants, a component of the Foundation’s Non-Profit Relief Program.
The Non-Profit Relief Grant program is now open and accepting applications. Applications for the first round of funding will be due on August 28, 2020. Grants will be made to eligible Mendocino County 501c3 organizations in the following three areas: adaptation, operations, and preservation.
Adaptation grants will assist organizations to adopt new technology or to pivot programs to adjust to new demands. This could include, but is not limited to, equipment, technology, or software to change program delivery methods; improvements in physical plants to accommodate social distancing requirements; pilot projects that pioneer new methods or programs in response to current circumstances; training for staff in utilizing new technologies or protocols; or personal protective equipment for staff or clients.
Operations grants will assist organizations with fixed operational costs impacted by COVID-19 related facility closures.
Preservation grants will assist organizations of social, cultural, or historical importance to preserve their legacy into the future. Grants could include, but are not limited to, archiving records or organizational history; consultants to support key board or staff transitions; supporting new methods of volunteer recruitment; or, assistance for merging or closing organizations to ensure that the legacy of the work is maintained.
The Non-Profit Relief Program provides: non-profit relief grants to mitigate some of the unique difficulties faced by the non-profit sector in Mendocino County as a result of the pandemic; Technical Assistance mini-grants for Zoom licensing; Community Conversations to convene the non-profit sector on pandemic-related issues; and an interactive webinar series through the Community Foundation’s Executive Director Leadership Institute on non-profit leadership.
To learn more about Non-Profit Relief Grants, or to apply, visit:
To learn more about all elements of the Non-Profit Relief Program, visit:
To learn more about The Community Foundation of Mendocino County’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.communityfound.org/COVID19/
To stay apprised of the latest information on the virus, we recommend following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of the disease. While we still do not know all the facts about COVID-19, the CDC has collected frequently asked questions on their website which may answer many of your questions.
To stay informed of developments in Mendocino County, we recommend following the County of Mendocino updates.