COVID-19 Response Grants

The Federation has established two priorities for our COVID-19 emergency response:

Priority 1: Address urgent needs of populations most acutely impacted by the crisis

Priority 2: Address short-term needs to help stabilize our Jewish ecosystem

To determine these priorities, the Federation conducted an in-depth needs assessment survey of each core ecosystem sector and the organizations within, followed by 1:1 conversations with leadership of 34 organizations. We also consulted numerous national sources local foundations, and Federations in other communities

Grants to Address Needs to Stabilize Our Jewish Ecosystem

COVID-19 Response Fund ($1.39 million) and Unrestricted Endowment ($1 million): $2.39 million (Approved on 5/7)

Bridge and Reopening Grants to Jewish Institutions

Support organizations impacted by lost revenue, facilitate a safe and healthy re-opening and assist with startup costs to adjust or resume operations. 

Jewish Overnight Camp Bridge Fund

To provide refunds to families, alternative summer programming and/or incentives to encourage families to donate or defer/credit their camp fees.

Organization Amount
Camp Be’chol Lashon $15,000
Camp Ramah Northern California* $75,000
Camp Tawonga $110,000
Eden Village West $50,000
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp* $50,000
URJ Camp Newman* $100,000
TOTAL $400,000

*Eligible for 50% matching funds from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, totaling $167,500.

Resilience Fund for Synagogue Communities

Will provide clergy with up to $500 emergency funding per individual/family to be matched by clergy discretionary funds or other congregational sources, to provide assistance with daily living, rent/utilities, medical expenses, food, and other basic needs, and up to $1,000 in match funding for projects and volunteer mobilizations providing community aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. ($175,000 Initial Investment)

Emergency Scholarship Funds

To leverage significantly more funding to support individuals and families in financial distress over the long tail of this crisis.

Jewish Day School Emergency Scholarship Fund To award supplementary day school scholarships to families facing financial hardship during the pandemic. Scholarship dollars raised would be awarded on a rolling basis to support retention and new enrollment at 11 Bay Area Jewish day schools, addressing the growing need for tuition assistance. Matched by an additional $100,000 from the Heller Day School Scholarship Fund, plus $100,000 from Laura and Gary Lauder. $450,000
Jewish Overnight Camp Emergency Scholarship Fund To help families afford camp when our 6 local camps re-open in summer 2021. Complements the $400,000 in grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund to camps to mitigate losses from widely anticipated summer closures. Matched by $100,000 from Laura and Gary Lauder. $225,000
Jewish Preschool Emergency Scholarship Fund To support supplemental scholarships for families impacted by the COVID crisis. Matched by an additional $200,000 from the Heller Preschool Scholarship Fund plus $100,000 from Laura and Gary Lauder. $225,000
TOTAL $900,000
(Plus $600,000 in initial matches)

Grants to Support Urgent Human Service and Economic Needs for Affected Populations 

The first round of grantmaking will expand the capacity of front-line organizations to respond immediately with essential safety-net services for priority populations including seniors, economically disadvantaged, recently unemployed, at-risk due to social isolation, or COVID-19 illness. 

With a $4 million goal and over 25% raised to date, grants will be made on a rolling basis, with grantees reporting on outcomes. Additionally, currently, $2.2 million has been approved for emergency grantmaking from the Federation’s unrestricted endowment. (Approved on 4/6)

To meet the needs of most affected populations and miti Stagate the financial impact on our Jewish ecosystem.

Organization Need Amount
Alameda County Community Food Bank  Increased distribution to incorporate new sites serving 20% of Alameda County residents, including production of Emergency Food Bags for seniors and families, and food-service to nine school districts. $15,000
Bay Area Jewish Healing Center Spiritual care for home-bound including elderly and infirm; positioning for increased demands for end of life spiritual care related to COVID-19. $20,000

San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living

Preparations for surge of COVID-19 cases, transformation of beds for short-term acute care, increased staffing expense, supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE). $150,000

City and County of San Francisco COVID-19 Response

Critical care for medically and economically vulnerable, those facing economic hardship or a housing crisis related to COVID-19, and local businesses and nonprofits in San Francisco. $20,000
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano  Ramping up efforts to secure more non-perishables and expand warehouse space to meet increased demand; mobilizing staff and volunteers with attention to new health/safety protocols to assemble boxes for distribution. $15,000
HealthRight 360 Increased safety needs, personal protective equipment, and increased staffing costs at clinics in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Contra Costa County. $20,000
Institute on Aging Training and equipment to allow home care aides to maintain support for isolated and home-bound seniors, compliant with CDC and Department of Public Health requirements during the COVID-19 crisis.  $20,000
Jewish Community Free Clinic - Sonoma Implementation of HIPPA-compliant telehealth system and personal protective equipment for staff in clinic. $15,000
Jewish Family and Community Services – East Bay Realignment of senior services and mental health support during shelter-in-place, increasing demand for direct financial assistance for economically vulnerable clients. $75,000
Jewish Family and Children’s Services – San Francisco Increased demand for all services to vulnerable populations, including direct financial assistance for individuals to meet urgent basic needs, food for delivery or pick up at five food pantries, support for home-bound seniors, domestic violence and mental health counseling. $150,000
Jewish Vocational Services Preparation for a surge in unemployment services, due to massive layoffs and furloughs Bay Area-wide. $25,000
Jews of Color Field Building Initiative The Jews of Color Initiative COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will provide direct financial support People of Color in the Bay Area Jewish community experiencing financial hardships resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Direct support to individuals will range from $250-$2500, and must be used for a) rent or mortgage payment, b) transportation to work or medical, c) utilities, d) groceries, e) medical bills, or f) burial expenses. Eligibility includes people who identify as Jewish, are employed by or otherwise affiliated with Jewish organizations. $50,000
Project Open Hand Anticipating doubling of demand in Sonoma and north counties from people facing COVID-related food insecurity; activating emergency response including temporary distribution outposts in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg. $15,000
Redwood Empire Food Bank Shift food provision model for coronavirus safety: preparation of frozen meal packs, home delivery and meal service to 7 SROs in San Francisco, onboarding additional registered dieticians to meet surging need for medically tailored meals for COVID-19 patients and other clients. $15,000
The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living To support operations in line with increased health and safety standards due to COVID for seniors in residential facilities. $25,000
RotaCare Bay Area Continuation of medical care for uninsured and economically vulnerable throughout the pandemic, including personal protective equipment for in-person visits, and telehealth services. $25,000
Samaritan House Mobile meals to home-bound seniors, free clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City, telephone counseling, and “Food Pharmacies” for community members facing food insecurity. $15,000
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Pop-up food pantries, extra shelf-stable food resources, home delivery for vulnerable, increase focus on food safety. $15,000
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Increased demand in food from newly unemployed and disadvantaged populations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, currently serving over 250,000 people per month. Adapting to new CDC and DPH guidelines for food safety related to COVID-19. $15,000
Shalom Bayit Increased demand for support services due to the safety needs of at-risk women sheltering-in-place coupled with revenue loss from canceled fundraising event. $25,000
Sinai Memorial Chapel Preparation for a surge in COVID-19 funerals beginning by end of April; sliding pay scale, including no-cost funerals for the indigent. $25,000
Urban Adamah Implementation of new delivery of farm-grown produce to home-bound seniors and disabled. $15,000
  TOTAL $775,000

Hebrew Free Loan Pooled Recoverable Grant

Donors with assets in donor-advised funds and supporting foundations managed by the Federation can make a grant recommendation, which is pooled with others into a recoverable grant for a 5-year term.

When the 5-year term ends and the funds are returned, donors can recommend grants for other charitable purposes.  

organization need amount
Hebrew Free Loan Association of San Francisco

To meet the unprecedented demand for zero-interest loans, requested by community members facing lost wages, reduced small business income, increased childcare costs, and food or housing insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis.

To learn more, contact Tanya Shadoan, Director of Philanthropy Operations and Impact Investing.

  TOTAL $5,800,000

Grants for Urgent Human Service Needs in Israel  

With funding provided through endowed funds designated for Israel support, we were able to respond swiftly to meet emergency human needs. (Approved on 4/6)

These grants complement our local emergency response, while also carrying out the legacy intentions of our donors.

organization Need amount
Ashoka Formed “Aging IL,” a coalition of government and municipal representatives, CEOs of businesses, and leading Israeli insurance funds mapping the current main challenges for older adults during the COVID‐19 crisis. They are collaborating to develop immediate solutions to combat loneliness, ensure access to healthcare, digital literacy, and self‐positioning. $20,000

Ahava Children and Youth Village

Emergency plan to provide for emotional, developmental, and physical needs of 200 children staying in apartments with foster parents during COVID‐19. $20,000
Eretz‐Ir (The Brigade) Organizing a network of young volunteers to make phone calls to alleviate the loneliness of Russian senior citizens living in public housing, and providing lectures to new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union about Israeli politics and society in Corona times and beyond. $15,000
ITIM Seeks to help immigrants navigate State‐administered matters of Jewish life. Assistance Center will counsel them on holding weddings and funerals, using mikvehs, and more based on health regulations, and through work with social welfare organizations, government authorities, and the rabbinic establishment. $15,000

JDC Israel

Will train volunteers online who will be paired with older adults to teach them to use mobile phones and computers to stay connected. $34,000

JDC Israel

Providing basic needs services to older adults that are not currently funded by the Government of Israel, including continuing rehabilitation therapy through digital technology, delivery of supplies, essential transportation for individuals and their caregivers, and remote communication and counseling. $120,000
JDC Israel Educational and training materials to reach approximately 1 million new immigrants, caregivers, and vulnerable families in multiple languages (Russian, Amharic, and English) to address topics like handwashing and disinfection practices, digital literacy, recognizing Coronavirus symptoms, the need for social distancing, how to behave under the new guidelines, and more. $10,000
Lehetiv Hotline to provide professional counseling in 5 languages to new emigres to help them navigate the Israeli system to seek financial assistance and other essential services, as well as emotional counseling. About 400 families with the greatest needs will receive rent/bills payment assistance, food packages, help with technology, and more. $15,000
Ma'ase Center  Association Assistance for 60 Ethiopian‐Israeli families of Ma’ase participants and alumni, including food vouchers and other essential products, mentoring, mental support and guidance, and computers so they can continue their training online. $50,000

Moona ‐ A Space for Change

At the invitation of Stanford University’s Schools of Bioengineering and Medicine, Moona is developing a highly-scalable cost‐effective prototype that will enable hundreds of small‐scale ‘cottage’ manufacturers to produce the nanofibrous porous mesh that is the central component of industry-grade N‐95 surgical masks. $15,000
Olim Beyahad Providing alumni with financial and occupational guidance, and planning support to help graduates reintegrate into the workforce after the crisis ends. We are also supporting university students and high school students in continuing their studies by connecting participants to study together. $50,000

OneDay Social Volunteering

OneDay will mobilize its young adult community to distribute 3,000 food packages to elderly and at‐risk youth. $10,000


Accelerating the process of Aliya of the Jewish community in Ethiopia, as individuals in camps are at high risk of exposure to COVID‐19 since the virus has reached Ethiopia. $30,000

Sanad Association

While all the schools in Israel are now teaching online, families in Arab villages in the triangle area have no digital devices or access to the internet. This funding will allow the printing of educational and health materials to be handed out to children in these villages. $10,000

The Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC)

Developing new solutions that are aimed at maintaining the fabric of community life in the current situation, by creating programs that will take care of all parts of society and the community, especially vulnerable populations that need us the most, such as newcomers (Olim), the elderly, those with special needs, etc.  $30,000

The Israeli Civic Leadership Association (Civic Leadership)

Forming an advocacy campaign to urge the Israeli Government to form an emergency fund for Israel’s third sector. Israel’s nonprofit sector has been damaged by delays of critical budgeting decisions due to Israel’s election crisis, and many NGOs are unable to meet the growing need for services due to COVID‐19.     $10,000

 The Jewish Agency for Israel

Provide food for 140 immigrant households in quarantine and for 1,354 elderly from the FSU in Amigour facilities, stipends for 280 single immigrants and 140 families, 300 computers to immigrant children in absorption centers, and will purchase a three‐month supply of disinfectant. $250,000

The Jewish Agency for Israel

Meet the basic nutrition and hygiene needs of the 8,000 vulnerable Jews living in Jewish Agency compounds in Ethiopia waiting to make Aliyah. Over the next 9 months, we aim to provide 2 extra bars of soap per month for 3,150 families to halt the spread of Coronavirus, and to provide emergency food packages to 200 older adults. $50,000

Yeladim Latzafon ‐ Migdal Or

Remote emotional support, information about rights, real-time online guidance and training on various topics, the adaptation of remote functional rehabilitation, and social activities for visually impaired individuals. Throughout this crisis, we expect to manage 100 calls per week, 40 therapy groups, social activities for over 1000 participants, adaptation and implementation of remote functional rehabilitation, and a pilot for 100 service recipients.  $50,000





Additional Support (as of June 10)

Donor-Advised Fund/Supporting Foundation Grants to Organizations and Designated for COVID-19 Response - $4,100,000

Unrestricted Endowment Emergency Funds (Under Consideration) - $1,200,000

Learn more about Federation's COVID-19 Response on and how to help by contacting Roxanne Cohen, Managing Director, Community Impact.