COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Guidelines

About this Grant Program The current phase of COVID-19 response will be an invitation-only, application-based grant cycle. We will consider grant proposals from all invited applicants but anticipate that we will not be able to make grants to every organization seeking funding.

To be eligible for funding, community nonprofits must provide services in the PUSD footprint, including Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.

PCF has crafted our COVID-19 response plan through research, collaboration, intentional outreach to nonprofit leaders and thoughtful discussion.

Guidelines — This phase of PCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund Grants are invitation only, and organizations that are nominally eligible have been extended that invitation. However, before applying, check to make sure that your organization is eligible and your request falls within our focus areas.

Target Populations:

  • Vulnerable populations including populations of color and those disproportionately affected by the pandemic such as:
  • Low income and homebound seniors,
  • People experiencing homelessness,
  • At-risk student populations,
  • 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.

Program Support:
PCF will fund programs that provide direct COVID-19 related relief including food distribution or delivery, outreach to support virtual learning, telehealth and childcare.

Capital Support:
PCF will fund capital requests related to COVID-19 such as technology required for remote services, PPE and safety equipment, other infrastructure directly related to prevention of the spread of the virus and/or providing services safely.

Priority will be given to organizations that address racial inequities that the pandemic has exposed. 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 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 5:30pm.

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

Grant Amount — PCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund Fall Grant grant requests must be no more than $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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