Each day we are seeing amazing stories of our community coming together to help one another through the COVID-19 crisis. The Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) is here to support our nonprofits on the frontlines and address emerging needs in our city.

As part of $2 million in funding approved by Anaheim’s City Council on March 26, ACF launched a Rapid Response Grant Program to provide immediate financial support to nonprofits working on the frontlines to help kids, families, seniors and others struggling amid the coronavirus crisis. Thus far, ACF has awarded funding in the amount $1,452,500 to 40 nonprofits.

  • In the first round of funding, ACF has awarded $1,085,000 in grants to 18 nonprofits
  • In the second round of funding, ACF awarded $312,500 to 17 more nonprofits
  • In the third round, ACF awarded $55,000 to 5 additional nonprofits

With the success of ACF’s Rapid Response Grant program, City Council approved on May 5 an additional $1 million for ACF. These funds, in addition of the remaining funds, will help ACF mobilize more grant opportunities and address needs identified through the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

“Our mission has never been clearer. We know people are struggling with daily needs, job losses and the stress of these challenging times. But they are not alone. These grants and those to come will help Anaheim get through this together,” said Ed Munson, Board Chair of the Anaheim Community Foundation.

Thus far, Rapid Response Grants have funded core needs in our community:

  • Funding for families and youth for groceries, meals, food distribution programs, family support services, gift cards and household supplies, including diapers, soap and other essentials
  • Funding for seniors and those who are homebound to provide meals, groceries, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, face coverings, gloves and other household supplies
  • Funding for those living in homelessness or motels, including for groceries, hygiene kits, gift cards, bus passes and motel vouchers

Round 1 Grants | $1,085,000 | 18 nonprofits

  • $190,000: Meals on Wheels Orange County for senior outreach, meal delivery and drive-up distribution
  • $190,000: Anaheim Family YMCA for 40,000 meals focused on adults
  • $125,000: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress for family meals
  • $100,000: Salvation Army Orange County for household supplies for those who are homebound
  • $100,000: Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County for two Saturday food distribution events at Honda Center
  • $75,000: Community Action Partnership for groceries for needy families in west Anaheim
  • $70,000: Orange County Conservation Corps for food vouchers, gift cards and services for 50 or more families
  • $35,000: Love Anaheim for groceries and other needs at senior mobile home parks; hygiene kits, gift cards, grocery bags for those living in homelessness
  • $30,000: Alzheimer’s Orange County for outreach and household supplies for seniors
  • $30,000: Children’s Bureau of Southern California for family household supplies
  • $30,000: Bracken’s Kitchen for meals and other food services
  • $25,000: Caterina’s Club for meals for kids and families
  • $25,000: StandUp for Kids OC for groceries and support services for youth
  • $20,000: Chrysalis Orange County to help 200 or more people living in homelessness with gift cards, gas cards, bus passes
  • $15,000: Eli Home for help to recovering moms to keep families together
  • $10,000: Project Dignity for services, groceries and other needs among those living in motels
  • $10,000: Sudanese-American Association for meals, groceries and other household needs for Anaheim’s Sudanese-American community
  • $5,000: Renewable Farms for produce and other food for families

Round 2 Grants | $312,500 | 17 nonprofits

  • $45,000: Lutheran Social Services of Southern California for food, clothing, hygiene items, and transportation assistance to low-income families
  • $40,000: Illumination Foundation for food, groceries, baby formula, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to those at risk for homelessness
  • $37,500: Higher Ground for meals and food distribution to low-income families
  • $30,000: Mercy House for food vouchers, household supplies, cleaning products, and transportation assistance
  • $30,000: Grandma’s House of Hope for meals to hungry and at-risk kids and families
  • $30,000: Pathways of Hope for meals, groceries, and transportation assistance
  • $20,000: 2-1-1 Orange County for critical helpline services to Anaheim residents
  • $10,000: Giving Children Hope for meals, hygiene supplies, diapers and formula to low-income families
  • $10,000: Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHIOC) to connect low-income Anaheim residents Medi-Cal and CalFresh programs
  • $10,000: Radiant Health Centers to provide food for those on fixed incomes and managing chronic diseases
  • $10,000: Give for a Smile to connect low-income Anaheim residents to financial assistance, MediCal, and other resources
  • $10,000: Alana Club of Orange County for food and hygiene products to seniors, sober living population, and low-income families
  • $10,000: Jamboree Housing Corporation for food distribution to Anaheim residents with limited access
  • $5,000: Miracles for Kids for groceries and support to families with ill children
  • $5,000: Emilio Nares Foundation to support low-income Anaheim children suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses
  • $5,000: Grace Social & Medical Services for food and care boxes for struggling families
  • $5,000: Mirage Manor Homecare for meals and support for elderly residents

Round 3 Grants | $55,000 | 5 nonprofits

  • $5,000: Breast Cancer Angels to provide meals for individuals suffering from cancer
  • $10,000: Colette’s Children’s Home for food distribution to needy children and families
  • $5,000: Access California Services to provide food vouchers to low-income families
  • $5,000: Santa Ana College Foundation to support for low-income students residing in Anaheim
  • $30,000: Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Anaheim to provide of grocery and meal prep items for 3,000 people weekly over three months in West Anaheim