The Fund will focus on three priority areas: food, housing and homelessness, and economic security. We will be prioritizing assistance for those who live or work in Northern Sonoma County (Windsor to Cloverdale) and providing assistance for winery and restaurant employees from all across Sonoma County.
In order to apply you must live or work in Sonoma County, California and your total household income must be below 120% of Area Median Income. Please see the below chart to determine eligibility. Only one application per family is allowed.
For an individual, your total annual income must be below $78,350,
For a couple, your total household annual income must be below $89,950,
For a family of three, your total household annual income must be below $100,750,
For a family of four, your total household annual income must be below $111,950, and
For a family of five, your total household annual income must be below $120,900.
What type of assistance is being provided?
Food: We are committed to distributing food to our most vulnerable community members, including seniors, children and low-income individuals and families. The Fund will ensure that those hit hardest by the effects of the virus, including those who suffer loss of work, can count on support to feed themselves and their families. We will be providing groceries, meals and food gift cards in partnership with Redwood Empire Food Bank, Farm to Fight Hunger, Farm to Pantry, Sonoma Family Meal and Feed Sonoma.
Housing and Preventing Homelessness: Anticipated widespread job losses threaten to worsen housing insecurity and homelessness in our area. The Fund will deploy resources to individuals to maintain shelter. Funds can be used for rental/mortgage payments, deposit assistance and utility bill assistance.
Economic Security: We know the economic impact of COVID-19 is hitting small businesses and workers quickly. The Fund will support residents who have lost income or their employment due to COVID-19 and prioritize those who are unable to access unemployment benefits.
How much assistance is available?
We launched the Unity and Community Fund for COVID-19 response on March 23, 2020. Since then, we have received a huge response from our community of generous supporters. It is our sincere hope that individuals and foundations continue to give so that we can provide assistance in the weeks and months ahead. There is a tremendous need in the community and we will be reviewing the applications in cycles every two weeks, in order to prioritize those who have the greatest need. Therefore, not every application will receive the same amount of funding. It is not certain how much will be available, but we estimate the grants will range in size from $100 to $1,000. Unfortunately, not every application will receive assistance.
What documents do I need for the application?
In order to prevent identity theft or fraud, you will need to provide a photo or scan of: three recent pay stubs, a photo ID, and a document that proves your address, such as a utility bill, lease or piece of mail. If you are seeking assistance for a bill, you will need to provide a scan or photo of the bill. If you are seeking assistance for rent, you will need to include a copy of your lease, indicating the name and address of your landlord.
I already applied, how long will it take to receive funds?
Applications will be reviewed every two weeks and you should receive a response to your application within three weeks. Funds will be mailed out in the form of a check or gift card. Please be sure to put an accurate mailing address on your application. If you have questions about your application you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We kindly ask that you do not call our office to check on the status of your application until four weeks after the day you submit. Please check your mail regularly to ensure your check is not lost or stolen.