CARES Act Funding for Organizations Engaging in Food Security & Access During COVID- 19


    The California Community Foundation (CCF) is administering a competitive grant program on behalf of the County of Los Angeles for nonprofits aiding in alleviating food insecurity in response to COVID-19. Please NOTE that if your organization has received other CARES Act funding from Los Angeles County, you will not be eligible to receive this funding.

    The portal is officially open and all applications must be submitted through the following link: California Community Foundation – CARES Act Funding for Food Security. Applications will be due October 31, 2020 by 11:59 pm PST.

    DOWNLOAD THE RFP PRE-PACKET for additional information.



    For any questions or concerns, please email: caresforfoodsecurity [@] calfund [.] org


    The Los Angeles County Food Security Branch (“LACFSB”) was allocated approximately $20,000,000 (“Program Funds”) in Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“CRF”) to support food-related programs and services implemented  in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program Funds may be used to provide grants to nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, local education agencies, and public (not-for-profit) post-secondary institutions (“Grant Recipients”), to provide food and food-related services and supports to populations experiencing high levels of food insecurity and/or barriers to food access as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during the period between March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020 (“Covered Period”) resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The California Community Foundation (CCF) will administer and deploy grants to qualified organizations in one round of funding. CCF projects to administer as many as 40 grants in Los Angeles County, although the total number of grants may increase upon mutual agreement by LACFSB and CCF. All grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis to Grant Recipients following submission of approved documentation supporting eligible CARES Act program expenditures.

    CCF and LAFSB reserve the right to adjust the number of awards and the funding allocations based on service category, needs of priority populations, and geographical areas of need.

    1. Must be a nonprofit organization, community-based organization, faith-based organization, local education agency, and/or public (not-for-profit) post-secondary institution with tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. Grant funding may not be used for religious purposes.
    2. Must provide, or have provided, eligible food or food-related services to one or more priority populations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during the Covered Period. See description of priority populations below.
    3. Must demonstrate capacity to provide the proposed service during the Covered Period.

    Priority populations were identified through review and analysis of publicly available local and national data, including the USC Understanding Coronavirus in America Study an assessment of service gaps in existing programs; and consultation with various subject matter experts in the field. They include:

    1. Populations that are known to experience a high prevalence of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic and disconnection from formal services and supports, including, but not limited to, very low income individuals and families, un/underemployed individuals, people with disabilities, and communities of color.
    2. Populations that face barriers to utilizing major sources of governmental food assistance during the pandemic, including, but not limited to people experiencing homelessness and immigrant communities.
    3. Populations that face barriers to utilizing traditional sources of food during the pandemic due to COVID-19 risk, including, but not limited to older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions.

    Grant funds may be used to cover unbudgeted expenses associated with COVID-19-related food services that were incurred during the Covered Period.  Grant funding may not be re-granted to another recipient or used for any purpose or expense which the Grant Recipient has been or will be reimbursed under any other state or federal program. Grant funds may also not be used to “take the place of” or replace state or federal funding, regardless of whether state or federal reimbursement was, or will be sought for eligible purposes or expenses.

    Eligible new and expanded food-related services may include, but are not limited to:

    1. Preparation of meals
    2. Purchase of meals/groceries
    3. Packing of grocery kits/boxes
    4. Meal/grocery distribution
    5. Meal/grocery delivery
    6. Outreach, promotion, and assisting eligible individuals/families with enrollment in food- related resource programs, including government benefit programs to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19
    7. Purchase/repair of equipment, such as refrigerators, dehydrators, SNAP/EBT equipment and processors, etc.
    8. Enhanced safety measures, including sanitation and personal protective equipment
    9. Vouchers for food provided to populations in need
    10. Unbudgeted staffing costs associated with eligible COVID-19 related food services

    All uses of grant funding are subject to approval, regardless of inclusion in this or any other listing of eligible services.



    Applications will be made available by the California Community Foundation (CCF) through an online portal for a two-week period. Upon the closure of the submission period, applications will be reviewed by a team comprised of CCF staff. There will only be one round of application and awards. CCF will notify all applicants of award or declination via email. All grant agreements must be completed before November 30, 2020.


    • October 19 – 31: Grant Application Window – Application Portal launched
    • November 2-13: Application Review
    • November 16 – 20: Grant Decisions Finalized / County Confirms Recommended Grantees Are Not Receiving CARES Act Dollars from Other County Programs/Notification to all Applicants of Status
      *Dependent upon final approval from the County
    • November 20-30: Grant Agreements are Signed


    A weighted scoring methodology will be utilized. Scoring categories include: (1.) Organizational Mission Fit; (2.) Proposal Strength; (3.) Track Record of Program/Service Success; (4.) Community Engagement; (5.) Evidence-Supported Model; (6.) Cost Effectiveness; and (6.) High Needs Area and/or Population.

    Strong submissions will thoroughly address all questions and prompts; include all required documentation; demonstrate a clear link between the program/service and positive outcomes; utilize an asset-based approach; and, where applicable, employ a comprehensive strategy to alleviate food insecurity among one or more priority population(s). The maximum score possible is 25; submissions scored at 16 and above will be considered for funding.

    DOWNLOAD THE RFP PRE-PACKET for additional information


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