Implementation & Impacts Achieved

PCF has awarded grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund nearly every week since it was launched on March 15, 2020. Over $150,000 in charitable dollars have been mobilized according to PCF’s response framework. All programs and services being funded support community needs within one or more of PCF’s  focus areas.

 

Grantmaking

Resources from the COVID-19 Response Fund are strategically deployed according to PCF’s knowledge and expertise for maximizing charitable impact. This considers the amount of charitable dollars available, opportunities to leverage resources across the system, and what the priority needs are at any given time. These decisions are made by PCF’s Grants Committee, comprised of experts across the fields of public health, finance, business, law, and government, and are informed by PCF’s needs assessment process.

The rapid pace grantmaking process is built upon PCF’s deep understanding and long history of working with safety net providers across the region. This foundation enables the grantmaking team to quickly and confidently make funding decisions for the COVID-19 response without needing a lengthy grant application process.

Focus Areas

PCF’s emergency response addresses the immediate and long-term community impacts of COVID-19 by focusing support across seven key areas.

  1. Food: Improvements to and scaling of infrastructure for managing food distribution to agencies throughout the region. Also includes the purchase of food to meet increased demand.
  2. Seniors: Providing critical services for at-risk and homebound seniors including reliable food and medication delivery.
  3. Youth: Assisting underserved youth with needed technology, essential supplies, and programming to continue their learning and social connections.
  4. Essential workforce: Increasing local supply of personal protection equipment and other provisions for workers on the front lines.
  5. Housing: Addressing the supply of affordable housing options and tenant security considering widespread employment and economic impacts.
  6. Mental health: Supporting a swift transition to HIPPA compliant tele-therapy among counseling providers serving at-risk and underserved populations.
  7. Census: Outreach to hard-to-count populations to promote and encourage participation in the 2020 Census so that state and local programming and services are commensurate to meet the needs of underserved families.

 

Grants

Generous contributions from individuals across the community have enabled PCF to make a steady stream of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund. Below are all the grant recipients to-date. Click on the organization name to learn more about the grant and the community needs being addressed. 

Placer Food Bank - $50,000

Purpose:

$50,000 was granted to the Placer Food Bank to assist with improvements to and scaling of infrastructure for managing food distribution to 60 partner agencies throughout the region. Grant funds also supported resources for “free farmers market” distribution events, helping meet a surge in demand.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Seniors
Impact:

Following the grant award in late March 2020, Placer Food Bank reported a 100% increase in demand for Free Farmer’s Market events. Fund dollars helped make it possible to process and deliver food for an average of 300 families per event.

Placer Food Bank Program Manager directs clients through the mobile distribution event on April 24, 2020 at Johnson Springview Park in Rocklin. Approximately 475 families were served during the two-hour event.

 

Seniors First - $30,000

Purpose:

Two grants have been provided to Seniors First to support food delivery to homebound seniors. The first was $10,000 for purchase of shelf stable meals and the second was $20,000 to support a volunteer coordinator. 

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Seniors
Impact:

Funds have enabled the organization to supply meals to all eligible seniors, which involved doubling the number of routes, eliminating a wait list of 145 people, and hiring additional staff to handle volunteer coordination needs.

Auburn Interfaith Food Closet - $5,000

Purpose:

$5,000 was granted to Auburn Interfaith Food Closet for purchasing additional food.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food

Impact:

Funds support food supply necessary to maintain “standard packages of food” to a growing 670 families in need.

Salvation Army - $15,000

Purpose:

Two $7,500 grants were sent to Salvation Army sites ($15,000 total) to support underserved youth across South and Mid Placer areas spanning Colfax to Roseville.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Youth

Impact:

Funds support programs that provide underserved and economically-disadvantaged youth from single-parent households with food boxes and sack lunches, as well as activity bags. 

Giving Hearts - $1,800

Purpose:

$1,800 grant was sent to Foresthill Residents for Responsible Growth as fiscal agent to Giving Hearts, to deliver needed supplies to widowed, disabled, and shut-in seniors and underserved youth.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Seniors
  • Youth

Impact:

The grant helped support a COVID-19 emergency care package event that included a drive-thru giveaway at Foresthill High School and package delivery to homebound seniors and families. Foresthill Residents for Responsible Growth partnered with Giving Hearts, Foresthill Community Development Council, Foresthill VFW Auxiliary, Foresthill High School, and the faith-based community to help safely distribute the giveaway items, which included shelf-stable food, toiletries, school supplies, and gift cards to local food vendors.

Boys & Girls Club of Placer County - $8,000

Purpose:

$8,000 grant provided 30 low-income households in the Auburn area with several months of prepaid WiFi to support distance learning.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Youth

Impact:

This need was fulfilled by the Boys & Girls Club because of their knowledge and connections with families in need so that wireless hotspots could be delivered quickly and efficiently. This allowed students to continue their coursework remotely as well as access the virtual programming provided by the Club.

Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center - $15,000

Purpose:

$15,000 grant to equip and train Lighthouse counseling staff to quickly transition to a virtual counseling format.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Mental Health

Impact:

Funding supports Lighthouse to help address critical mental health services as low-income families experience additional hardships from loss of income, social connections, and other stressors. 

Community Service, Education and Research Fund (CSERF) - $5,500

Purpose:

$5,500 grant supporting the production of face shields to be distributed to health care providers and nonprofits in Placer County.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Essential Workforce

Impact:

A month in to the project, over 15,000 face shields were produced. The City of Rocklin has allowed use of their Community Center adjacent to Johnson-Springview Park for operations. It is a clean and controlled environment for safely cleaning and producing shields.

Latino Leadership Council - $5,000

Purpose:

$5,000 grant providing support to Latino families in the form of food boxes, rent assistance, and online programming, including the Comadres crafting program, cooking, gardening.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Mental Health

Impact:

Addresses the multiple stressors placed upon underserved individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis by offering relief from economic hardship, essential supplies and peer support.

Health Education Council - $20,000

Purpose:

$20,000 grant is seeding a pilot Family Meal Roseville program, a collaborative project spearheaded by the City of Roseville to help address food distribution to those in need and the local economy.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Essential Workforce

Impact:

 By mobilizing independent restaurants as micro-commissaries to create meals, the project helps both small businesses and local farmers and purveyors. Health Education Council took on the project as an extension of the five-year Invest Health partnership with the City of Roseville to supply meals to families in low-income neighborhoods.

My Mother's Voice - $2,500

Purpose:

$2,500 grant supports meals for families in need in the Roseville area through a coordinated effort with Title One schools.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Essential Workforce

Impact:

Funding supports the provision of meals for economically-disadvantaged students in Placer County.  Partnering with an award-winning restaurant in Roseville, My Mother’s Voice is delivering meal boxes with fresh nutritious foods to serve 4 per box.

Placer County Office of Education - $3,500

Purpose:

$3,500 grant supports school supplies and resources for homeless students. 

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Youth

Impact:

Funding supports helping homeless students and their families prepare for the upcoming school year.  This includes age-appropriate school supplies/backpacks, books, hygiene products, clothes, and food, to be distributed in a socially distant manner.

Local Media Foundation - $1,000

Purpose:

$1,000 grant supports Gold Country Media to publish six area newspapers to keep the public informed.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Essential Workforce

Impact:

Funding supports Gold Country Media to continue to bring the community accurate, trusted news to keep people informed during crucial stay at home orders and quarantine.

Placer Food Bank - $1,000

Purpose:

$1,000 was granted to the Placer Food Bank for food assistance

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food
  • Seniors
Impact:

Following the grant award in late March 2020, Placer Food Bank reported a 100% increase in demand for Free Farmer’s Market events. Fund dollars helped make it possible to process and deliver food for an average of 300 families per event.

 

Seniors First - $500

Purpose:

$500 grant supports food delivery to home bound seniors.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Seniors
  • Food

Impact:

Funds have enabled the organization to supply meals to all eligible seniors.

Kids First - $1,500

Purpose:

$1,500 grant is for emergency support needs.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Housing

Impact:

Emergency support needs such as help with utility payments or support toward rent, hotel vouchers.

Sierra Native Alliance - $1,000

Purpose:

$1,000 grant is for economic and social support needs of Placer families meeting gaps in finances to maintain family housing, transportation, and communication resources.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Housing

Impact:

Support will provide assistance in the amount of $200-$800 per family with the potential for aiding more families in need.

Salvation Army Auburn - $2,882.00

Purpose:

$2,882 grant is to be used to help community members in need of food, rental assistance, utilities assistance, Youth Activity bags, lunches for families and homeless.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food

Impact:

Support will provide assistance to help alleviate the hardship of COVID-19 on families and individuals

Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center - $1,500

Purpose:

$1,500 grant is to be used for telehealth services

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Mental Health

Impact:

Support will provide mental health services for those at risk families in Placer County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kids First - $5,000

Purpose:

$5,000 grant is for emergency support needs.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Housing

Impact:

Emergency support needs such as help with utility payments or support toward rent, hotel vouchers.

Sierra Native Alliance - $4,000

Purpose:

$4,000 grant is for economic and social support needs of Placer families meeting gaps in finances to maintain family housing, transportation, and communication resources.

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Housing

Impact:

Support will provide assistance in the amount of $200-$800 per family with the potential for aiding more families in need.

Sierra Native Alliance - $2,500

Purpose:

$2,500 grant is to provide resources for meeting the wellness needs of youth and children. 

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Youth

Impact:

The funds will be used to adapt summer wellness activities for youth to online digital formats, providing emotional support for children whose social and academic routines have been disrupted by COVID-19. The focus is on building resilience and adaptability for youth and caregivers. 

Foresthill Residents for Responsible Growth - $7,800

Purpose:
Grant is for the Giving Hearts group during the COVID-19 pandemic.

$1,800 from the Ralph E. and Rose A. Hoeper Endowment
$1,000 from the Nancy and Kenneth Kahn Family Fund
$6,000 from the COVID19 Response Fund

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Food

Impact:

Support will provide assistance at an event that will serve 500+ Foresthill residents with food and critical supplies.

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