COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund

Supporting Local Communities Affected by Coronavirus

About the Fund

EBCF established the COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund in March 2020. The Fund initially prioritized resources to organizations serving extremely vulnerable populations who are unlikely to receive state or federal support, including undocumented immigrants, unsheltered individuals, those employed via cash economy (e.g. day laborers, domestic workers), uninsured and under-insured, youth, victims of domestic violence, low-income seniors, and the formerly incarcerated. The Fund supported direct financial assistance, frontline service delivery, and COVID-related community organizing and advocacy. Subsequent rounds of funding further focused on de-incarceration efforts, the unsheltered, and mental health for BIPOC led and reaching communities. In honor of Black History Month, a final round of grants to be awarded in February and March 2021 will support Black-led and Black reaching organizations for staff wellness, mental health services, and direct financial assistance.


The COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund is no longer accepting funding inquiries

Funding Categories

Direct financial assistance to individuals and families experiencing extreme economic hardship

Frontline organizations providing essential services to priority populations General Operating Support to existing grantees to support their operations and related impacts during the crisis Organizing and Systems Change



For EBCF fundholders who wish to make a grant from their Donor Advised Fund, please log into Donor Central and follow the instructions on the home page.

For interested donors who do not have a fund at EBCF, please check our Frequently Asked Questions Page to learn how you may donate.

In consultation with community partners working on the frontlines, public agencies, local officials, and our financial supporters, EBCF will proactively identify grant recipients and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

On April 23, 2020, EBCF held a Virtual Town Hall to share updates on the progress of our COVID-19: Just East Bay Response Fund, our related grant-making to local organizations, and offer insight into the impact and anticipated needs of communities moving forward. View the recording.


    • Organizations who work with the priority populations listed above and would like to inquire about the Fund, email our Community Investment and Partnerships team at
    • Interested donors and general inquiries about the Fund, contact Alexandra Aquino-Fike, Vice President of Development at
    • Corporate and Institutional Partners should contact Sachi Yoshii, Vice President of Strategy & External Relations
    • For media inquiries, please contact Erin Talbert-Brust, Senior Communications Officer, at
    • To make a donation by check or other assets, contact May Leong, Director of Donor Services at


For additional information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Resources for Nonprofits

Below are links to other resources for nonprofits being impacted by COVID-19:

COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund

EBCF is also partnered with the COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund to raise resources for immediate health-related needs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The lead organizations selected for our two counties, Community Initiatives and Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation, have identified organizations and strategies that are responding to the emerging impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in their respective counties. We encourage you all to give to the SVCF COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund to help our two counties, and the Bay Area, fight COVID-19.


Click here to view a list of grantees funded by EBCF’s COVID-19: A Just East Bay Fund.

For information about health, safety, and other resources related to COVID-19,  visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.