COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund

About the Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic was a stunning reminder of the effects of inequities across our community in health care, employment, and education, among other areas. The Black Lives Matter movement built and exercised power in response to increasing attacks on Black people, often at the hands of law enforcement. Between the health crisis, economic fallout, anti-Black racism, and white supremacy that threatened our communities and country we were tested in almost unfathomable ways. And we saw the response of the people in the form of the largest uprisings for social and racial justice in our country’s history.

It was in this context that the East Bay Community Foundation launched and stewarded our COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund in early 2020. Over the year, we raised and distributed resources to organizations addressing the social, emotional, and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, helping to meet the needs of communities and organizations affected by the coronavirus.
The fund provided over $8.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that are providing critical services and addressing effects of the pandemic in the hardest-hit communities. We also supported communities that organized to secure policies and resources to protect essential workers, renters, and families trying to survive on low incomes.

This grantmaking was possible due to the generous support of many donors and philanthropic partners, as well as the deep community connections among organizers and nonprofits in communities around the region. We are grateful for the many ways the East Bay community has helped make this response possible.

In July, 2021, we published a report on the activities and some of the outcomes of the fund.

Click here to download the report.

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

On August 19, 2021, 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. The recording for this will be available shortly. A similar Virtual Town Hall was held on April 23, 2020. To view a recording of the April 23, 2020 Town Hall, click here.

Looking Forward

We hope you join us on this journey as our COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund evolves into the ongoing A Just East Bay Fund at EBCF. This will continue the work to transform systems to bring about a vision of A Just East Bay, and we must learn, grow, and strengthen our own understanding to make this happen. Through this effort we endeavor to:

  • Support communities most harmed by systems of oppression to build power and advance justice. We do this by supporting the community’s own vision, listening and following their lead, and acknowledging they are the experts in what’s best for their families and futures.
  • Transform ourselves and the systems we are part of. We need to gain a deeper understanding of the ways we each participate in systems that perpetuate harm, and take on the work as individuals and an institution to rework our practices. This includes how we do our grantmaking, make investments, and amplify new and inspiring voices.
  • Use the position of power we hold to move others, and cede our power to people and communities that have been historically excluded.