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Your help is essential. 

The COVID-19 Relief fund helps northern Nevadan healthcare professionals caring for the ill at great personal cost to themselves and supports nonprofits helping our most vulnerable residents. 

Northern Nevada has a history of coming together in tough times. Today, giving locally is especially critical. We embrace this chance to stand with you, and together, demonstrate how we care in times of need. We know this for certain: we will emerge stronger and more connected.

“As the crisis continues, it becomes clear who really needs help. Those who don’t qualify for government support or unemployment are showing up in desperation at nonprofit organizations that offer health care, food, and other basic critical assistance,” said Community Foundation President and CEO, Chris Askin.

Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund online

To contribute by check mail check to Community Foundation of Western Nevada
50 Washington Street, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89503
Please write COVID-19 Relief on the memo line 

Who Your Gift Will Help

Grants are intended to help front line healthcare workers and their families in our area as they deal with stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. Additionally, the Fund will grant to nonprofit organizations helping those who don’t qualify for federal assistance or unemployment, and to those who are most vulnerable in our community.

COVID-19 Grants through May 11:

$5,750 to Nevada Health Centers
$2,000 will be directed toward the purchase of PPE for frontline medical workers and patients for one month. $3,750 will provide food/utility assistance for Nevada Health Center’s Washoe County patients whose income has been disrupted due to COVID-19. 

$10,000 to Community Health Alliance (CHA)
To rent screening tents for the parking lots of their four health centers and pay for equipment and increased cleaning services.

$10,000 to Northern Nevada HOPES
To buy PPE for the staff serving the dramatic increase in patients.

$30,000 to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada
This grant as part of the #GivingTuesdayNow $50,000 matching grant opportunity, will help the Food Bank cope with skyrocketing needs and disrupted distribution channels as they serve more and more individuals and families.

$200 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Will pay for an annual subscription to Zoom to host mental health support group meetings.

$15,600 in restaurant gift cards were given to area hospitals for front-line health workers through the COVID Kindness programs in partnership with Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce, and $5,000 of healthy frozen meals were purchased for REMSA responders.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund’s focus may shift.

As the crisis continues, the Fund Advisory Committee may shift the emphasis to other pressing needs in the community for the next round of grants.

“We are donating to the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s COVID-19 Relief Fund because we know the Foundation is working closely with community officials to identify where funding is most needed and to efficiently distribute funds to meet those needs.”
–Debbie and Eric Struhsacker

Fund Advisory Committee

A fund advisory committee will make grant recommendations to the Community Foundation Board of Trustees. The committee members include:

  • 2 representatives from the City of Reno
  • 2 representatives from the City of Sparks
  • 2 representatives from Washoe County
  • 2 CFWN Board Members
  • 1 representative from each of the following entities:
    • EDAWN
    • Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce
  • Additional members will be added as needed

The COVID-19 Relief Fund does not accept grant requests from organizations, businesses, governmental entities, or individuals.

To address individual’s and families’ basic needs the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra has set up The United Way Emergency Assistance Fund. For more information visit the United Way website at www.uwnns.org.

View a list of Resources to learn more about Northern Nevada’s situation and the organizations working to serve residents during this emergency.


I’m an individual who has been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. The Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund is working to move resources to Washoe County community-based health providers and nonprofits that are directly serving the most vulnerable n our community affected by emerging health, and social impacts. This Fund does not provide grants to individuals. If you are looking for resources please check out our Resource List.

Can my nonprofit apply for a grant?

The COVID-19 Relief Fund is not accepting grant applications at this time.  Nonprofit organizations can apply for a Small Business Administration disaster loan. Learn more

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

All donations to the COVID-19 Relief Fund will initially focus on supporting local Washoe County health care professionals who are likely to come into contact with individuals exposed to the Coronavirus and organizations serving underserved populations. Grants are directed by the COVID-19 Relief Fund Advisory Committee.

Should I give to the COVID-19 Relief Fund instead of making other donations?

The COVID-19 Relief Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather, it facilitates getting targeted resources into the community to benefit healthcare workers on the front lines.  If the COVID-19 Relief Fund priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation. However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we have a greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long term ramifications of the outbreak. As other complementary funds and efforts develop we will be sure to keep you informed.

Is there a geographic focus for the COVID-19 Relief Fund?

The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize healthcare professionals and nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations working in Washoe County.