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Your help is essential. 

The COVID-19 Relief fund helps northern Nevadan medical professionals and nonprofits adapting to offer services during the pandemic that strengthen our community or serve 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

Initial grants were intended to help front line healthcare workers and their families in our area as they deal with stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. The subsequent grant rounds focused on supporting nonprofits serving those who are most vulnerable in our community. Grants have been made to organizations responding to community needs directly attributed to the pandemic and to nonprofits adapting to continue offering their programs in modified ways.

COVID-19 Grants through July 20:

$15,000 to English Language Learners In-Home Program.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ELL In-Home Program’s English teaching community volunteer tutors are now assisting their learners via online programs and/or by telephone. ELL In-Home will use the grant to purchase laptops for learners who do not have the equipment to continue their lessons.

$6,000 to Feeding Pets of the Homeless
It has been a struggle for staff to find hospitals for clients with ill or injured pets. Feeding Pets of the Homeless is receiving $6,000 to cover approximately 15 emergency veterinary cases in Northern NV and to help cover the costs of sponsoring Wellness Clinic in Northern NV.

$5,000 to Great Basin National Park Foundation
The Great Basin Observatory is operated remotely from desktop computers, and students can continue research during school closures. GBO needs to raise $55,000 in 2020 to support the Reach for the Stars Education at Outreach program, including the development of a GBO web-based learning platform, Junior Ranger books and badges, 2 summer Park astronomy interns, and partial support of GBO’s Program Manager. This $5,000 grant supports the Reach for the Stars Education and Outreach program.

$5,000 to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
KTMB postponed all cleanup events through April and May to help prevent the spread of the virus, including KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup which typically engages 800+ volunteers. KTMB is now coordinating small cleanups with updated safety protocols. Due to increased incidents of illegal dumping during the COVID shutdown, there is an increased need for cleanup coordination and blight removal. $30,000 is needed for site logistics including volunteer recruitment and coordination, trash removal, and dumpster rentals. KTMB received $5,000 for this purpose.

$5,000 to Nevada Outdoor School
Nevada Outdoor School will still be offering a series of summer camp programs for K-10th grades in rural northern Nevada. Because many funding requests and grant applications are either on hold or have been denied due to COVID -19 concerns or restrictions, Nevada Outdoor School is currently working to secure $50,000 in financial resources to support summer camp expenses such as additional personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and sanitizing supplies to keep staff and campers safe and healthy, prepackaged snack foods, travel expenses, and staff and AmeriCorps Members time. Nevada Outdoor School received $5,000 for summer camp needs.

$15,000 to Northern Nevada Literacy Council
Northern Nevada Literacy Council (NNLC ) continues to provide Adult Basic Education classes both remotely and in-person at 50% capacity for those challenged with a lack of technology or computer skills to access classes remotely.  NNLC was granted $15,000 for a technology scholarship fund that will award tablets and laptops to those seeking to complete their education, enter into post-secondary education/training, and move into the workforce.

$5,000 to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation has moved its programs virtual in an effort to help improve the community’s mental and physical health during this stressful time. They were granted $5,000 to provide at-home kits for kids and families.

$5,000 to ALS Association
ALS patients are highly at risk due to the respiratory issues associated with COVID-19, so it is important to provide resources and services directly to their homes.$5,000 was granted to the ALS Association to help offset their $20,000 fundraising deficit due to having to hold the Reno/Sparks Walk to Defeat ALS virtually. Funds will be used to provide services and support in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Gardnerville.

$1,000 to Bristlecone Family Resources
This $1,000 grant purchased alcohol free hand sanitizer and a continued supply of masks for Bristlecone Family Resources residential and outpatient services.

$10,000 to Community Services Agency
CHA is currently providing direct emergency assistance (rental, energy, work-related), in-home child education, limited workforce services (dependent upon employer availability), and employee advance skills training (virtual). This $10,000 grant provides additional technology to customers as well as direct emergency assistance.

$10,000 to the Hart Foundation
This grant helps continue caregiving services for clients, qualifying Veterans, and other seniors.

$5,000 to the Women & Children’s Center of the Sierra
Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra (WACCS) has enhanced its basic needs distribution, developed, updated, and distributed COVID-19 information packets, implemented assistance with signing up families for safety net programs, and helps people overcome barriers keeping them from accessing other services. The $5,000 grant helps to alleviate shortfalls due to the cancellation of its annual fundraising event.

$3,000 to Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce
$3,000 grant added to their payroll budget for two Chamber staff.

$5,000 to Arts for All Nevada
Arts for All Nevada is posting free art activities, weekly, on their website, and it is working to move classes to Zoom (remote learning). $5,000 will support program modifications.

$5,000 to Carson Valley Arts Council
$5,000 is given to the Carson Valley Arts Council for general operating support to help offset a $10,000 deficit from having to cancel concerts, events, and educational programs.

$1,000 to David J. Drakulich Foundation
The David J. Drakulich Foundation is continuing to employ veterans. $1,000 supports the program transition from arts and healing projects to making face masks.

$50,000 to Delivery with Dignity
Delivery with Dignity is providing meals to families in need. The program has a “4 pillars” model:
1. Restaurants/catering companies are paid $6/meal to help them keep their doors open/staff employed;

2.local nonprofits, coordinated by United Way of Northern Nevada, who identify clients who meet the Delivering with Dignity “triple threat” criteria to receive meals;

3.Volunteers who pick up meals and deliver them to the doorsteps of identified families; and

4. Mobile application to provide the restaurants with the number of meals they are required to make each day and with the number of volunteer drivers needed, as well as providing route sheets and driving directions to the volunteer drivers.

$10,000 to Arbors Memory Care
$10,000 provides PPE for staff and cleaning supplies to protect the staff and patients at Arbors Memory Care in Spark. Because facilities such as Arbors Memory Care are not considered a skilled nursing facility, they are not eligible to receive federal funds from the federal funds designated for COVID-19 support from the Department of Health and Human Services.

$5,000 to Lakeside Health and Wellness Suites
This grant pays for PPE and increased sanitary measures and cleaning for the staff, facility and patients at Lakeside Health and Wellness Suites.

$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.