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



I've heard the County allocated $1.75 Million in CARES Act monies to relief fund efforts. What is the difference between all of the programs available? 

The Board of Supervisors has directed $250,000 of $1.75 Million in CARES Act funding to the Nevada County Relief Fund, which will be distributed in Round 3 (applications open August 10th and are due on August 21st; see Apply page for more details). 

In addition, the Board approved $1.5 million to support a new program designed to offset COVID-19 related economic hardships and disruptions to our community. These “Economic & Community Resiliency” grants, administered by the County, will range from $50,000 to $500,000. Applications are due by 5:00PM on August 20, 2020 from eligible applicants, which include businesses, nonprofits, and local jurisdictions. The “Request for Application” (RFA) may be found at:


Can I apply for all programs?

Applicants to the County’s “Economic & Community Resiliency” grants are also eligible to apply for Nevada County Relief Fund grants. Please review the grant criteria for each program (nonprofit safety net and small business microgrant) to see which is best suited for your small business or organization. If you have questions, please email us at



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 


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 do I donate to the Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund?

The Nevada County Relief Fund is 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  


How will these funds make a difference?

Community-raised relief funds are only one approach to respond to an unprecedented global, national and local emergency. However, quickly 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 other sources.  


Why donate?

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?

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


I am a nonprofit in Nevada County. What are my options for relief? 

Nonprofits based in western Nevada County may apply for “Safety-Net” grants, which range from $5,000 to $20,000. 

Nonprofits (501c3 and 501c6) based anywhere in Nevada County may also apply for the “Small Business and Nonprofit” Micro-Grants up to $10,000. 

You can apply to one but not both funds in any given round. 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 $10,000 per applicant. Please review the grant criteria to se​e if you qualify.


What if I do not qualify for the Nevada County Relief Fund? 

Please visit the Sierra Business Development Center at 

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), the 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, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council), recruited 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’s 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.