COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Guidelines

At the onset of the pandemic, PCF responded rapidly in providing resources to organizations supporting vulnerable populations in our local communityThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread economic damage and isolated families in unprecedented ways. Nonprofits and community organizations continue to respond to the immediate and emerging needs of Pasadena’s most vulnerable residents. PCF will continue to listen and respond to the most pressing immediate needs.  

Please note: PCF is partnering with the City of Pasadena on their Pasadena Food pantry Program; therefore, organizations who are participating in that program will not be eligible for additional grants.  

2021 PCF COVID-19 Response Grant Guidelines  

This phase of PCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund Grants will continue to be invite only, primarily with a focus on Health and Human Services for the next six months.  

PCF is focusing on projects identified as emerging needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as:  

  • To provide accurate, accessible information about vaccine options 
  • Child care for essential workers 
  • Mental-health related services 
  • Projects identified as a need to help vulnerable populations 

Target Populations: 

Vulnerable populations including populations of color and those disproportionately affected by the pandemic such as: 

  • At-risk student populations 
  • Essential workers 
  • Low-income families with school-age children
  • Populations with special challenges including foster youth, those in recovery, the disabled and those suffering from mental illness, abuse or neglect 

Applications will be considered for either program or capital support.  

The Foundation does not make grants from its discretionary funds to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. 

Deadline for Applications Applications for this phase of PCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund Grants are being administered on a rolling basis

Online application system — PCF’s online application system is available by clicking here.

Grant Amount — Grant requests must be between $5,000-$10,000.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

  • Grants may be made only to tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or 170(c)(1) or (2)(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. None shall be made to Private Foundations under Section 509(1) of the Code.
  • An organization must have been in existence for at least two years (based on date of IRS determination letter) and have achieved a record of effective service and sustainability.

The Foundation Will Not Make COVID-19 Response Grants For or To: 

  • Direct aid to individuals.
  • Retirement of debt or costs of capital items already acquired.
  • Influencing legislation or elections.
  • Individual public schools or their support and activity groups. This includes, but is not limited to PTA/PTO, sports teams, music programs, or booster clubs. PCF only supports PUSD schools through the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF).
  • Private educational institutions, preschool, K-12, college or vocational institutions. PCF will, however, consider funding of non-public schools primarily serving special needs population or a diverse socio-economic or disadvantaged population.
  • Sectarian religious organizations or churches. PCF will, however, consider requests from sectarian religious organizations for support of community social service oriented activities sponsored by such organizations, provided that such activities meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Agencies not engaged in the actual performance of direct services to individuals consistent with PCF purposes.
  • The Foundation does not make grants from its discretionary funds to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
  • Building improvements of leased property. PCF typically will not invest in building improvements to property not owned by the nonprofit applicant organization. Some exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Board to property owned by the city or school district or other public entity or for exceptionally long term lease arrangements.

Grant Report Deadlines and Compliance — Strict reporting requirements must be followed in order to qualify for future grants. Reporting instructions for PCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund Grants will be made available in PCF’s online system at a later time.

Agencies are also required to meet PCF’s Grant Recognition Guidelines.

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