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

Overview of the Nonprofit Grants Program

The immediate goal of the Nonprofit Grants Program is to direct vital resources to organizations that support our most vulnerable neighbors in western Nevada County.  The Relief Fund initially will focus on the rapid deployment of safety-net services to vulnerable populations including seniors, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, youth who are at-risk, families or individuals struggling to find access to food, shelter, childcare, and other critical needs.  In addition, grants may support people who have recently become unemployed and are now at risk for losing their housing or can no longer afford food.  The Relief Fund also may support other community needs as it raises additional funds.  

The Nonprofit Grants Program will strive to get resources to safety-net nonprofits as quickly as possible. While the initial cycles will focus on safety-net services, future cycles may include support for a greater diversity of nonprofits.  

Grants are expected to range between $5,000 and $20,000.  

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to have a Google account in order to apply. You can create a new account here.

Criteria for Nonprofit Grants Program Requests

In the initial rounds of funding, the Relief Fund will consider grant requests servicing western Nevada County (defined as West of the Highway 20-80 interchange) for the purpose of: 

  • Serving vulnerable populations as defined above, who have been impacted by the hardships associated with COVID-19 and shelter-in-place restrictions by providing such things as food, housing, living expenses, transportation, and other basic needs. 
  • Mitigating the mental-health impacts of COVID-19 and shelter-in-place restrictions including social isolation, increased depression and suicidal thoughts, and possible increases in family violence.   

Funding priorities for the Nonprofit Grants Program include: 

  • Provision of direct services such as food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare, and other critical needs to vulnerable populations and to those recently unemployed.  
  • Support for these organizations to address staffing, volunteer, fiscal and other resource deficiencies that have resulted from shelter-in-place and distancing requirements.  Examples might include one-time gaps in fundraising income or costs to expand staffing to meet increased demand. 
  • Investments in these safety-net organizations that promote the resiliency and capacity of these organizations to meet the long-term needs of the community.  Examples may include one-time costs for infrastructure needs including technology, vehicles, or items that improve the efficiency or reach of the program. 
  • Demonstration of creative, collaborative or innovative approaches to addressing the current situation.  Examples may include unusual partnerships such as a hunger relief organization and local restaurant working together to provide meals, or a new model of service delivery that utilizes technology in a creative way.   

Other critical scoring criteria for applications will include impact of the project and number of people served; capacity of the project to reach vulnerable residents; and cost effectiveness of the grant.  View the grant Scoring Rubric here.  

Please note that only nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply for funds. 

All applications must be complete and contain all supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Applications will stay “active” for 90 days from grant submission date and will be rolled over as new grant cycles occur within the active period. New applications may be submitted after expiration of 90 days or a new grant proposal submitted in lieu of an active application from the same organization. 

Applicants may apply to either the Nonprofit “safety-net” fund or the Small Business fund but not both. If you have any questions about which grant to apply for, please contact us at 

The Nevada County Relief Fund does not discriminate in its practices in any way, including discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Download a copy of the application in PDF format to use as a reference guide when filling out your application
  • Gather the referenced financial documents you will need to submit.
  • Once you have started the application, you will need to finish without closing your browser - there is no option to save your application and return to it.
  • Applications are ONLY available to be submitted online. We are NOT able to accept applications by mail or email.

Thank you for applying.  This grant application period is now closed.