COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Guidelines

About this Grant ProgramPhase Two of PCF’s 3-phase 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.

Based on the results of our assessment and ongoing conversations with community leaders, we will continue to prioritize serving vulnerable populations with immediate needs, including food insecurity.

At this time, community-based organizations serving families and individuals suffering disproportionately from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis have been invited to submit grant proposals. PCF has identified and reached out to local organizations with a history of successful engagement with these vulnerable groups, including food distribution and meal delivery organizations, and social service providers focused on seniors, people experiencing homelessness, at-risk student populations, low-income families with school-age children and others.

PCF recognizes the dire needs and difficult choices facing so many nonprofit organizations in this unprecedented time, and our hearts go out to every one of you.

We crafted our COVID-19 response plan through research, collaboration, and thoughtful discussion, always bearing in mind the Foundation’s mission to improve and enrich the lives of Pasadena’s people. At this point in the pandemic, meeting basic needs for food, shelter, and support for our most vulnerable neighbors is our highest priority. At this time, we cannot provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that are no longer providing programs and seeking funding to retain staff.

Note on Future plans – Phase Three

As we deploy the resources committed to our COVID-19 response fund, we are considering the rest of 2020, including PCF’s existing grant cycles, and planning to repurpose additional available funds. As the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts continue to evolve, we will distribute a third phase of grants with updated guidelines.

Guidelines — Before applying, check to make sure that your organization is eligible and your request falls within our focus areas. The PCF Covid-19 Response Fund was created to maintain and increase services and support for people at a time of extreme need. If you meet these guidelines, we invite you to apply:

The PCF COVID- 19 Response Fund will provide grants to community nonprofits who:

  • Provide services in the PUSD footprint, including Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.
  • Serve low income and vulnerable populations. Specifically, homebound seniors, families with school age children and individuals in crisis due to the pandemic.
  • Are keeping their doors open and maintaining services during this pandemic.
  • Meeting basic needs with an emphasis on addressing food insecurity.

Deadline for Applications — Applications for PCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund Grants – Phase 2 are due on Wednesday April 15, 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 Grants – Phase 2 grant requests must be between $5,000 – $25,000.

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.
  • 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.