PCF awards $2.6 million in Grants in 2020

Volunteers at Friends in Deed food pantry.

PCF understands that as coronavirus continues, many residents and organizations still struggle with meeting day-to-day needs — that’s why a new series of grants were recently distributed providing $460,000 to a range of organizations that serve disproportionately impacted communities with emergency assistance, such as access to technology, rent support, food, healthcare, and childcare. By the end of this year, PCF will have awarded $2.6 million in pandemic relief response.

“The needs have been increasing,” explains Kate Clavijo, senior program officer at PCF about this latest round of grants. “We conducted interviews with community leaders and through a survey identified nonprofits that have the relationships and ability to deliver important assistance right now.”

Recent funding went to both new grantees and organizations that previously received grants this year but demonstrated the ability to deliver critical services to help with vital needs. Here’s just a few of the 40 organizations that received funding in October. (Click here for a full list of 2020 recipients.)

Friends in Deed has received previous grants for ongoing food distribution at its food pantry; this round of funding provides rental assistance for families financially struggling to stay in their homes.

ChapCare provides a full range of medical services to children and adults.

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAP) Care transformed 9 out of their 14 exam rooms at Fair OaksHealth Center for both telehealth and in-person visits, while also providing 11,000 medical visits to 3,000 low-income and uninsured patients.

Friends Outside in LA County (FOLA) assists recently released incarcerated individuals with job readiness workshops; grant funding supplied workbooks as well as internet connectivity and PPE for FOLA staff.

Adelante Youth Alliance works with youth to help them develop their academic career, leadership and personal potential. The funding supports weekly interactive sessions with students as well as food gift cards and internet connectivity.

Adelante Youth Alliance educates and empowers youth to develop their academic, career, leadership and personal potential.

In all PCF’s prompt and significant support to local organizations was possible because of a strong and generous donor base and endowments that generate ongoing funding for community needs. These endowments, all created by local folks will ensure that we will be prepared to sustain our grantmaking as the pandemic persists into 2021.