All Stars Helping Kids remains deeply committed to standing with our grantees and communities in this turbulent time.

Our grantees, like many nonprofits, are facing a ‘perfect storm’ with the cancellation of fundraising events, financial uncertainty in the days and weeks ahead, and an increase in demand since the people who are being hit the hardest by this economic disruption are the very families and communities served by our grantees.

This is not the time to step back

To provide our grantees with the breathing room to allow them to focus on their mission in this critical time, All Stars Helping Kids has committed funding to create a Rapid Response Fund to offset unexpected costs and loss of income incurred as a result of the disruptions to commerce, government, schools, businesses, and the local economy.

This fund will rapidly deploy short-term, flexible operating grants to All Stars’ grantees and nonprofit partners to help them manage through this extraordinary time and continue to serve the youth and communities that are already living on the edge.

The All Stars community has always responded in times of crisis. Today is no different. We need your support – every dollar makes an impact. Please join us and stand with our grantees in this critical moment.

On behalf of All Stars, our grantees, and the youth we serve, thank you!

Rapid Response Fund Eligibility & Guidelines

Eligibility: Applicants must be current or former All Stars grantees that have experienced unexpected costs or loss of revenue due to economic disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak. This is designed as a flexible short-term response fund to provide relief for a variety of unexpected costs, loss of revenue due to cancelling fundraising or donor events, or curtailing of program services due to the coronavirus outbreak. We will give special consideration to grantees in highly affected geographies and those experiencing significant cashflow challenges.

Amount: One-time rapid response grants up to $5,000, depending on the need and the amount available in the fund at the time of the grant.

Eligible expenses: Current staff wages or salaries, health insurance premiums, rent and utilities, or standard program-related expenses. Each case is considered on its own merits. Costs must be supported by documentation. Emergency funds are not intended for bonuses, vacation time, technology, program expansion or other non-critical operating or program-related expenses. These funds are for use in the Bay-Area only.

Application Process: Applicants submit a Rapid Response Fund application to the All Stars Helping Kids Program Director, Julie Brown. The All Stars Helping Kids team makes the determination that the organization is eligible for the funds.

Project Reporting: Applicants will provide an update to the All Stars Helping Kids Program Director on the use of the Funds on or before September 1, 2020.

Application forms and final guidelines will be coming in the following days.  In the meantime, please contact Julie Brown, Program Director, All Stars Helping Kids at for additional information.

News & Resources

All Stars is coordinating our response with other efforts underway such as Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s regional fund and San Francisco’s emergency relief effort.  Together we can provide resources and support for those nonprofits and communities that are serving those disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.  Below, please find some additional resources:

Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund – will support lead organizations representing each of the nine Bay Area counties and their immediate efforts in addressing COVID-19 related challenges in their respective counties.

Destination: Home will work with its Homelessness Prevention System partners to provide rapid financial assistance and resources to individuals and households who would be at risk of homelessness if coronavirus-related disruptions worsen.

Community Initiatives will partner with the Alameda County Public Health Department and nonprofit partners involved in efforts to protect the health and economic security of vulnerable populations, particularly homeless communities and individuals and families that experience economic hardship due to COVID-19.

Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation will partner with Contra Costa County Public Health Department and nonprofit partners involved in efforts to protect vulnerable populations, in particular homeless persons and those at imminent risk of homelessness who have been impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 related funding opportunities

The Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund will be administered by community foundations throughout the 10-county Bay Area region. The fund will be used to provide flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations serving one or more of the 10 counties.

The Small Business Relief Fund will provide immediate support to struggling self-employed and small business owners. Silicon Valley Community Foundation will partner with Opportunity Fund, California’s largest nonprofit microlender, to ensure critical capital remains available to these entities throughout this crisis.

Through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the San Francisco Foundation will make capacity building grants ($3,000 – $25,000) to nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties addressing the following four issue areas: worker support, preventing homelessness and providing renter protection/housing security, ensuring food security, and addressing racial bias.

The Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide immediate grants to nonprofit organizations working on the frontlines. The Fund will focus on four priority areas: food, homelessness, community health, and economic security.

Hosted by the East Bay Community Foundation, COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations addressing the economic impact of the broader COVID-19 outbreak, including the immediate needs of communities and organizations affected by coronavirus-related closures. The Fund helps expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

US Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance – low-interest, long-repayment loans of up to $2 million to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact (nonprofits of all sizes are eligible)

California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program & Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (nonprofits are eligible)

Frequently updating compilation of COVID-19 fundraising advice

COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources

National, state and regional community foundation relief funds (click on “Response Funds”)

Local COVID-19 emergency relief funds

City of Oakland

City of Sacramento

City of Berkeley

City of San Francisco