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Resources for Non-Profits


From arts to social services, community-based organizations are being hit especially hard by the impact of COVID-19. They are experiencing loss of income from event and venue closures, increases in the demand for services, and challenges with a lack of access to equipment and technology. 

While times may be uncertain, one thing that remains certain is the City of San Jose’s commitment to its nonprofit community partners. We understand that you may have many questions – from the status of current grants to where to turn for information. City staff is working across departments to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on community based organizations. We will be periodically updating this page as new information becomes available. 

Current Grantees 

If you have a current grant from the City of San José for a project whose scope and/or deliverables have been impacted due to COVID-19, please rest assured we will work with you to find the best solutions. You will not be penalized. Contact your grant manager early to advise them of your situation. 

Financial Support 

As part of the community’s response to COVID-19, the City of San José and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation have established the Silicon Valley Strong Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to leverage donations to alleviate the economic impacts of COVID-19 on residents, businesses, and community based organizations. Donations are currently being accepted. Please stay tuned as we look forward to sharing more information soon. 

Also, remember, non-profits are small businesses. Your organization may qualify for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Find more information about eligibility and loan terms on the SBA website.


As employers and employees, community based organizations should be aware that the State of California’s Employment Development Department has programs to help both employers and employees deal with the costs of illness, caring for ill family members, shorter hours and closures. Local workforce development boards like work2future can guide employers and employees and facilitate their access to EDD services. Extensions on payroll reports and payroll taxes are also available. 

California's Labor & Workforce Development Agency has developed a helpful matrix of benefits to reduce some of the confusion for both employees and employers. Also, please review the COVID-19 Guidance for Employers, Workers, and Businesses on the page above for additional information and resources related to workforce and business operations.

Additional Resources 

The following are some additional resources to help you navigate through this challenging time: 


For questions about City resources and referrals for CBOs and other not-for-profit organizations, email

For questions relating to other types of businesses, email