California COVID-19 Relief Grant for Nonprofits Guide

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Congratulations to the more than 6,000 California nonprofits that have already received approximately $78 million this year from the California Relief Grant program (that's a lot!). It's been an honor and inspiring for us at CalNonprofits to to talk and assist so many grassroots nonprofits with the application process!

There will be two NEW application windows for nonprofits and small businesses with $1.5 billion in new funding available.

 


Three Funding Rounds

The Office of the Small Business Advocate has announced new funding rounds for grants of $5,000 – $25,000:

Round 7: August 3 – September 16
For processing applications already on the waitlist; no new applications accepted.

EXTENDED  Round 8: August 27 – September 30 
For qualifying arts and cultural organizations not already funded in other rounds.
Application open now: crgacnpo.mylendistry.com

Round 9: September 9 – September 30
For new applicants and those denied for applying on the wrong form previously. Those waitlisted do not need to reapply, your application will be reviewed in this round. Round 8 applicants should also apply in Round 9 using a different email address.
Application open now: calnonprofits.mylendistry.com

 


Upcoming Webinars

All webinars are recorded. Links and resources will be sent to registrants a few days after the webinar.

How to Apply for the California Relief Grant Program (Rounds 8 and 9)
Join us as we answer your questions about the program, and go through the application process with an emphasis on how nonprofits can fit into the application form.

Speakers from CalNonprofits:
Sue Sigler, CSBG Program Manager
Jan Masaoka, CEO
Lucy Salcido Carter, Public Policy Director

➔  Monday, September 27 — 11am to 12pm
Register (if you can't attend live, register anyway and you'll get the recording!)

Co-hosted with SELA Collaborative

Recorded Webinars

Tuesday, August 17
Wednesday, September 1
Wednesday, September 8
Grabación en Español
Thursday, September 16
Monday, September 20

Upcoming webinars from our partners

Asian Pacific Community Fund
➔  Tuesday, September 21 — 1pm
Register

Arts and cultural organizations!
Californians for the Arts is providing a series of arts-focused webinars

Round 9
➔  Monday, September 27 @ 1pm
 
Register


FAQs

CalNonprofits continues to provide application assistance and advocacy to help nonprofit organizations access the CA Relief Grant for small businesses and nonprofits. Since the end of last year, we’ve helped thousands of applicants to apply and to work through the program requirements. We continue to hear your issues and present them to our partners at the state and at Lendistry. And we’re overjoyed each time we hear about another of the thousands of nonprofits who have gotten critical funding to continue their work.

For more answers to your questions, see our FAQs.

Should I reapply if I’m on the waitlist?
Waitlisted applications will be considered in Rounds 7 and 9. There’s no need to reapply.

Can I get another grant in a different round?
You can only receive one grant from the program regardless of which round you applied.

How can I check my application status?
Applicants can log back into their applications to check the status message.

Who has gotten funding?
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has released a report on grants for Rounds 1–6.

 


Contact

For questions about the content of your application:

Sue Sigler, CalNonprofits CSBG Program Manager
(415) 535-0738
sues@calnonprofits.org

You can schedule an appointment with Sue today!
Appointments are in 15 minute increments

For technical questions related to website functioning or application status:

Lendistry
(888) 612-4370, M–F, 7am–7pm
careliefgrant@lendistry.com

Please note: CalNonprofits has no control over the Lendistry application website. Check back here for frequent updates and to read our FAQ.

 


Help Other Nonprofits

toolkit iconThere are thousands of nonprofits – especially smaller ones, rural ones, and ones in low-income and/or communities of color – that either haven't heard of this grant program or got confused by the process in the first rounds. Take a minute to think of organizations like an all-volunteer food pantry, dance troupe, soccer league, drill team, or other organizations you can share this information with – and encourage them to apply.

The California legislature authorized $1.5 billion in additional financial relief for nonprofits and small businesses – and created two new rounds of funding – meaning there is much more reason to apply than ever before.

Check out our Community Partners Communications Toolkit and help us get the word out to nonprofits in your community!

AcademyGO
ASCEND Bolstering Black-Led Organizations (BLO)
Asian Pacific Community Fun
Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
El Concilio
Ethnic Media Services
Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC)
OneOC
Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN)
Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative
The Chicano Federation
The Nonprofit Partnership
Thrive Alliance of Nonprofits in San Mateo County
True North Organizing Network

 


Watch Out for Scammers

Information and support for this program are FREE! Do not pay for help completing or submitting this application and DO NOT visit careliefgrantS.org - this is a fraudulent site. The correct site is careliefgrant.com. (No “s” at the end of “grant” and different extension.) If you provided personal information to the fraudulent site, change your bank passwords and freeze your credit immediately.

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Arts and cultural nonprofit organizations with qualifying venues can apply for up to $25,000 grants. We will help you through the process.
COVID-19 resources for California Nonprofits
In our efforts to support nonprofits and their staff, we have compiled this list of resources. More to come as we find them!
our upcoming events
The Road Ahead: CalNonprofits Policy Convention
Tuesday–Thursday, November 16–18
Save the date! This year's policy convention will continue to expand on the themes and conversations nonprofits need in order to advocate for ourselves and our communities.
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