Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofits serving Yolo County residents in good standing with the IRS (or programs fiscally sponsored by such organizations). If the program is part of a larger effort that extends beyond the county, grantee must demonstrate that all funds from this grant are spent for the benefit of Yolo County residents.
Nonprofits must be serving a public purpose or public need.
Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time, however grants to nonprofits that provide direct financial assistance to individuals or businesses can be awarded.
Nonprofits must have (or be willing to create) a financial policy including the following financial controls: 1) Check writing process that includes at least two separate signatures (e.g., one on check and one on check request or two signatures on check), 2) Regular review of bank statements by Finance Committee, Treasurer, or Chair, 3) Regular review of monthly financial statements by Board of Directors, and 4) Approval of annual budget by Board of Directors.
The Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund seeks to support organizations that are addressing critical community needs that have been created or increased by the COVID-19 crisis. Examples might include (but are certainly not limited to) organizations working to ensure our health care workers can work (e.g., by providing PPE or childcare to essential workers), those working to ensure that vulnerable community members have access to health care and health education, those working to address the economic fall-out created by this crisis (e.g., providing food, shelter, or cash assistance), those working to ensure the safety of those sheltering at home (e.g., through mental health programming or domestic violence prevention), and those working to ensure that vulnerable students are able to learn at home.
Grants will be reviewed with the following criteria in mind: 1) Based on our community’s current needs, how critical are the needs this organization is currently addressing? 2) How effectively is this organization addressing those needs? 3) How many Yolo residents are being served by this organization?