Living in Sonoma County is expensive. The high cost of living makes it challenging for low- income residents to cover their basic human needs—a situation made worse by the compounding effects of the wildfires, Coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent inflation. Families are increasingly forced to choose between paying their rent versus buying food or gas to get to work.
In crises such as these, straightforward, real-time assistance with food, shelter, transportation, or medical expenses can prevent families from losing a job, falling into homelessness, or facing another day without food.
The Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs grant program provides a unique funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations already working with vulnerable populations and in need of funding for critical safety net services.
Funds may be used to provide immediate and direct assistance to secure shelter, emergency food, transportation, and support for urgent medical and dental expenses to people in acute need. Examples of previous safety net services funded through this program include:
Emergency food boxes or grocery store gift cards
Our Julia L. Grant Basic Human Needs Grant Program is meant to address the most essential needs of families and individuals in Sonoma County. When evaluating proposals, we use the following criteria to assess a request for funding:
This grant program was administered by invitation in January 2023 and is now closed. We intend to return to a competitive grant program in early 2024.
|Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians||to provide members with basic unmet needs|
|FISH of the Santa Rosa Area Inc.||to purchase healthy food from Redwood Empire Food Bank for distribution to food-insecure people of Sonoma County|
|On The Move||to support VOICES to prevent homelessness among transition-age youth and address critical basic needs|
|California Human Development||to provide direct financial assistance to low-income farmworkers and other vulnerable populations|
|TLC Child & Family Services||to support the the Transition Age Youth Housing Program youth with emergency basic needs|
|Sonoma Family Meal||to provide delicious, efficient and safe meals to families and seniors facing food insecurity in times of crisis and beyond|
|Sonoma Applied Village Services||to provide nutritious meals to homeless persons living in Sebastopol SAVS Horizon Shine Village and on the street|
|Social Advocates for Youth||to provide food and rental support to vulnerable youth through the SAY Housing Continuum|
|La Familia Sana||to provide direct rental and utilities assistance to families impacted by COVID|
|InterFaith Shelter Network||to provide immediate solutions to community members who have unmet basic needs|
|Cloverdale Senior Multipurpose Center||to provide access to healthy foods, housing, and other fundamental human needs to maintain independence and dignity|
|California Parenting Institute (CPI)||for food assistance, medical expenses, and for diapers and similar household needs for families|
|California Indian Museum & Cultural Center||to provide healthy foods, rental and utility assistance to local Native American elders and families in need|