Community grants for program serving Latinx, seniors, homeless

Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Elizabeth Brown opens new funding source for underserved populations.|

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Sonoma County’s Latinx population with almost 80 percent of all cases and 98 percent of cases in the under 18 age range. Older adults in the county, particularly those on fixed incomes that may not have social support, are also over-represented in COVID cases, especially in death rates. A third population, those who are experiencing homelessness, have an increased risk of contracting COVID as well.

Community Foundation Sonoma County is launching a competitive grants program to bring more resources to these three populations—Latinx communities, seniors and the homeless.

The funds will support nonprofits directly serving these populations in the hopes of creating a more equitable recovery from the pandemic.

Grant applications opened on Monday, Aug. 10 and are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. Grant recipients will be notified the week of Oct. 5.

To determine whether a community program is a fit for the new grants program, review the funding priorities, eligibility criteria and timeline at

Grant workshops will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.

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