Nevada County steps up to support our most vulnerable neighbors and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FAQs

I am a nonprofit in Nevada County. What are my options for relief? 
The Nevada County Relief Fund is currently offering two grant pathways: Nonprofit Safety-Net Services up to $20,000, and Small Business and Nonprofit Grants of up to $5,000. You can apply to one but not both funds. Please review the grant criteria to see which is the best option for your organization.
I am a small business owner in Nevada County. What are my options for relief? 
 
Small Business and Nonprofit Micro-Grants are available for up to $5,000 per applicant. Please review the grant criteria to se​e if you qualify.

 

How do I donate to the Nevada County Relief Fund?

You may donate online here with a credit card or by check. Please make checks payable to: Nevada County Relief Fund c/o SNMH Foundation P.O. Box 1810 Grass Valley, CA 95945.

For other ways to give, such as stock or other gifts, please contact Kimberly Parker at SNMH Foundation at (530) 477-9700 or kimberly.parker1@dignityhealth.org 

 

How do I donate to TTCF’s Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund?

We are proud to partner with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), who is leading the philanthropic response in eastern Nevada County. TTCF’s Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund is focused on nonprofit organizations that serve Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. TTCF is a 22-year-old community foundation whose mission is to connect people and opportunities to generate resources for a caring, creative and effective community.

Learn more at https://www.ttcf.net  

 

How will the Nevada County Relief Fund make a difference?

Community-raised relief funds are only one response to an unprecedented local, national, and global emergency. Providing gap relief for many of our nonprofits and small businesses that have had to close due to this pandemic helps ease the burden. We hope to continue to raise funding in the months ahead, and that our gap relief can be augmented by federal and state relief programs, as well as through other sources.  

 

Why donate to the Nevada County Relief Fund?

Unlike more segmented relief efforts, the Nevada County Relief Fund is a comprehensive community support network employing microgrants and safety net grants to meet community needs across a wide variety of sectors. Grassroots donations such as yours are vital to our effort to keep this community alive. 

 

Who will qualify for grants from the Nevada County Relief Fund?

You will need to be a Nevada County-based nonprofit or small business to qualify. More details will be available on the Apply page when the application process opens. To receive updates please provide your email here

 

How does the Nevada County Relief Fund grant application process work?

We will solicit a first round of applications when we raise $200,000 and open a new round each time we raise an additional $100,000. Our hope is to have multiple rounds of grantmaking for as long as there are funds to disburse, as we know the need will be great. Applications will be available online.

If you have further questions, please email us and a representative will be in touch.

 

Is my donation to the Nevada County Relief Fund tax-deductible?

Yes, your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The fiscal sponsor for the Nevada County Relief Fund is Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. All activities associated with the Nevada County Relief Fund must comply with the requirements of its nonprofit status. If you have concerns, it is advisable you check with a tax professional for your specific needs. 

 

What is the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation's Tax ID?

Tax ID: 68-0005939

 

Who will manage the donations for the Nevada County Relief Fund?

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation is collecting and managing donations. SNMH Foundation shall only take reimbursement for credit card fees and direct expenses of the Nevada County Relief Fund. SNMH Foundation is also seeking in-kind donations to cover expenses where possible. A separate Relief Fund bank account has been established at River Valley Community Bank.

We’ve set up two ad hoc teams to manage the grantmaking process and make recommendations to the Community Advisory Committee; one for grantmaking to nonprofits serving western Nevada County, and the other for micro-grants to small businesses countywide. If you have further questions, please email us and a representative will be in touch.

 

Will the funds be restricted in use?

Donations will be 100% restricted to the Nevada County Relief Fund and will not be comingled or used in any way by the County of Nevada, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation or SNMH Foundation.

 

How much can I expect to receive if I apply for a grant?

The nonprofit “Safety Net” Program will grant awards ranging from $5,000 - $20,000. The Business Microgrant Program will award grants of up to $5,000. 

 

Who is behind the Nevada County Relief Fund?

The Nevada County Relief Fund was established in April 2020 through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (SNMH Foundation), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), the Sierra Business Council (SBC), Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL), and the Economic Resource Council (ERC). By partnering with these established community organizations, newly-raised funds will be streamlined, flexible, and able to address business and community needs. 

 

What is the Community Advisory Council?

The Relief Fund’s founding group (the County CEO’s Office, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (SNMH Foundation), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), Sierra Business Council (SBC), Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL), and the Economic Resource Council (ERC)), recruited up to twelve well-respected community volunteers to serve on the Nevada County Relief Fund’s “Community Advisory Council” (CAC).

The CAC members will work to engage partners, articulate community needs, and lead high-level fundraising efforts in support of a County-wide response to this emergency. Their insights will inform strategy for both the “Nevada County Relief Fund” and TTCF’s “Tahoe Truckee Emergency Fund”.

(Please note that the CAC will have no governance or fiduciary role with either SNMH Foundation or TTCF. Ultimate oversight and approval are a governance role for SNMH Foundation and TTCF, who are fiduciaries of the respective funds.)

The CAC will oversee the work and recommendations of the Nevada County Relief Fund Working Group and its’ ad hoc teams in addressing the urgent needs of the nonprofit organizations providing safety-net services to our most vulnerable residents in western Nevada County and to small businesses countywide. The ad hoc grants teams will review, score, and make grant recommendations to the CAC, who will have final approval before submitting them to SNMH Foundation as fiscal sponsor.