ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 16, 2020) — The nonprofit Anaheim Community Foundation is issuing $1.1 million in city-funded grants on Friday to 18 local nonprofits to help kids, families, seniors and others struggling amid the coronavirus crisis.
The $1.1 million in rapid response grants are part of the city of Anaheim’s emergency economic recovery plan, adopted by the City Council on March 26.
The grants make up the first wave of $2 million in city funding allocated to the Anaheim Community Foundation to help some of the neediest in our community.
Funding will start going to nonprofits Friday. Anaheim Community Foundation will continue with rapid response grants for the next few weeks, followed by a recovery grant program in the summer.
“This funding means food, masks and household needs for seniors, meals and pantry staples for families and support and services for kids,” Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “This is one of the most important things we can do to help our community right now. We are in this together and will get through this together.”
“These grants by the nonprofit community will help people right when they need it the most,” said Ed Munson, chairman of the Anaheim Community Foundation. “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.”
Here is an overview of the grants by category, with overlaps in funding for seniors, families, youth and homeless. Find a full list of grants, nonprofits and uses below.
Anaheim emergency economic recovery plan
The nonprofit grants are part of $15 million in spending called for under Anaheim’s emergency economic recovery plan.
The biggest portion of funding, $8 million, will go toward community needs including help for seniors, families, kids and those living in homelessness. That includes the $2 million being distributed by the Anaheim Community Foundation.
The remainder, $7 million, goes toward business and tourism recovery, including $6.5 million for Visit Anaheim, which markets and books events at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Visit Anaheim funding, which comes from the Anaheim Convention Center budget reserves, keeps the group in place amid a sharp drop in its funding from hotels and the layoff of half of its staff.
The funding will go toward rescheduling events and bringing new ones to the Anaheim Convention Center, when it is safe to do so.
Ultimately, this will help the entire Anaheim community. Hotel and other revenue from convention center visitors helps fund police, fire and community services in Anaheim.
The remainder of the business funding, $500,000, goes toward city marketing to encourage people to shop and buy from Anaheim businesses.
For regular updates on coronavirus, please see Anaheim.net/coronavirus.