We are writing to let you know about Healdsburg Forever’s grantmaking plans for the next six months. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to generate new and unanticipated challenges for our community.
As a result, the Healdsburg Forever board has decided to continue making targeted grants from the Community Impact Fund similar to those announced in February 2021. There will not be an open competitive grants cycle in fall 2021.
Healdsburg Forever will begin to review and prioritize current community needs in November. Selected organizations will be invited to apply for funding in January 2022.
Healdsburg and Geyserville are built around our greatest treasures: the beauty of the environment, agriculture and those who farm the land, wine, food and hospitality, our cultural heritage and diversity. COVID-19 and successive years of wildfires have hit our communities hard. With grapes left unharvested and restaurants, hotels, wineries and shops sitting empty, people who live and work here are struggling to afford food and housing, are juggling childcare shortages and home-based learning, and are facing a health crisis unlike anything we have seen before.
In the fall of 2020, we launched the Healdsburg Forever Community Impact Fund to support our communities through the current crises. Heartfelt thanks to you, our caring community of donors, who stepped up to the challenge, maximized the generous $150,000 matching grant from the Community Foundation Sonoma County, and enabled us to exceed our 2020 year-end fundraising goal.
In January the Healdsburg Forever Grants Committee and Board partnered with local nonprofits, community leaders and front-line workers to identify the most critical needs facing our community heading into 2021. We are now thrilled to award $300,000 in much-needed funds to support the most vulnerable in our communities. Thank you for your kind and generous gifts and for trusting us to identify and support the most critical community needs.
1 in 3 people in our community face food insecurity
Job loss has led to housing uncertainty, mental health challenges and food insecurity
Loss of health insurance inhibits people from seeking medical care
School closures create uncertainties around childcare, school lunches and internet access required for virtual learning
The demand for services from local nonprofits continues to grow exponentially. COVID, the economic recession and the fires all weigh most heavily on the same population groups. New community needs continue to emerge.
A gift of:
$10,000 would provide a month of temporary housing for 6 or more families
$5,000 would cover the cost of care for 20 uninsured health care visits
$500 would provide nutritious fruits & vegetables for 1,600 individuals
Join us, together we create hope, we cultivate connections, and we nurture and sustain a more equitable community.
Give by mail by sending a check to:
Community Foundation Sonoma County
120 Stony Point Road, Suite 220
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Please enter: “Healdsburg Forever Impact Fund” in the memo line
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