COVID Relief Grants for Nonprofits

Placer Shares Impact Grants

In November 2020, the Placer County Board of Supervisors allocated $3 million in CARES Act funds for the nonprofit sector with a total of $2,700,000 available for grants net of processing fees. Placer Community Foundation administered a $2,025,000 grant process for western Placer County (Emigrant Gap to Roseville), while Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation administered a $675,000 grant process for eastern Placer County (Soda Springs to the eastern county border). Information on who is eligible, how to apply, and the timeline are provided on this page.

Nonprofit Grants Program Timeline:

This process is now closed.


Eligibility Requirements

Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations must meet the following criteria to apply.

1. Have a physical Placer office address,
2. Provide service on the western slope of Placer County (Emigrant Gap to Roseville),
3. Are in good standing with the IRS, state of California, and County of Placer (or is fiscally sponsored by an agency that is),
4. Demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, AND
5. Provide a safety net program in one or more of the priority areas listed below

  • Applications must be submitted using the online form. No paper applications will be accepted.
  • An organization is limited to one proposal for this grant program but may apply for a grant that supports programming in more than one of the priority areas listed below.
  • Organizations that received a Placer Shares grant in October 2020 are eligible to apply for this funding. Being a prior recipient will not negatively affect an application to this program.

Ineligible Organizations
501(c)(6) Nonprofits, 501(c)(3) Nonprofits not providing a safety net program, Churches, Religious Organizations, Private Schools, Parental Choice (organizations offering fee-based extracurricular youth activities, examples include, but not limited to, sports groups such as swim team, soccer club, little league, cheer, gymnastics, etc.; arts and sciences groups such as dance, music, art, theater, computer science, robotics, etc.) and their supporting foundations, Sports Clubs and Activities (examples include, but not limited to cycling, running, climbing, hiking, pickleball clubs; hobbies such as knitting, sewing, crafting, stamps, coins and other collector groups, etc.), Service Clubs such as Rotary or Kiwanis. No exceptions will be made.

How Grants Were Prioritized and Awarded

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with programs focused on safety-net stabilization for Placer County in one or more of the following areas could apply. Note that programs must address needs resulting from the Covid pandemic.

– Housing Supports: Includes programs that support mortgage, rental assistance and shelters (utility assistance is not eligible)

– Food Security: Excludes holiday drives as grant checks will not be received until December 23 or later.

– Mental & Behavioral Health Services: Proven clinical modalities such as counseling, therapy, etc.

Grant amount: Dependent on organization budget size and capacity, demonstrated need, and proposed program scope. Typical grant size was $20,000 to $100,000.

Eligible and Ineligible Expenses and Reporting Requirements

Placer Community Foundation awarded grants for COVID related needs that aligned with the goals and funding criteria for this grant program.

Eligible Expenses:

Placer Community Foundation will award grants for COVID related needs that align with the goals and funding criteria for this grant program.  Eligible expenses include those costs that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 as described in section 601(d) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the CARES Act.

Examples of eligible expenses include programmatic expenses, infrastructure needs, staff support to build and retain a resilient nonprofit workforce (including basic needs such as childcare), and internal capacity.

Ineligible Expenses

Placer Community Foundation will not award grants to and/or for:

  • Organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to public office
  • Endowment funds and multi year capital campaigns
  • Scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and technical or specialized research
  • Government entities
  • Religious activities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.

Reporting Requirements

Awarded 501(c)(3) organizations expending grant funds as stated in their applications require no further reporting. This is subject to change per Placer County requirements.

More Information

Nonprofit FAQs for the Placer Shares Impact Grants program are here.

Apply for a Placer Shares Grant

This program is now closed, but any future funding will be posted here.

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