The Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund

In response to significant community need, Mayor Michael Tubbs has secured $2 million in private philanthropic and in-kind donations to launch a Stockton COVID-19 Response Fund to help Stockton residents during this public health and economic crisis. With these donations, Mayor Tubbs is launching the Stockton Strong Fund in concert with the Stockton Strong coalition. The Fund, held at the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, will leverage public-private partnerships, use relevant data, and provide flexible funding resources to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
Nonprofit Letter of Interest

About the Stockton Strong Fund

  • The Stockton Strong Fund will partner with trusted community organizations to address a host of challenges, and it is focused on issues that fall into two key buckets: being a good neighbor and empowering small businesses. 
    • We define “being a good neighbor” as supporting our low-income, food insecure and unhoused families who are most severely affected — in partnership with the nonprofit partners that serve them. 
    • <span”>Empowering “small businesses” means supporting our highly impacted small businesses and their workforces, which will be adversely impacted by having to shut down or minimize.</span”>

The Stockton Strong Fund in Action

Current Donors (Direct Contribution & In-Kind)

  • Financial Center Credit Union
  • California Community Foundation
  • Abbott Fund
  • Cooks Venture
  • California Healthcare Foundation
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • California Healthcare Foundation
  • Vanguard
  • Edible Schoolyard Project (In-Kind)
  • KIND Bar (In-Kind)
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Michael P. Duffy Family Fund
  • Prologis Management
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Gurdwara Sahib Stockton Community (In-Kind)
  • San Francisco Foundation

Nourish Stockton: Enabling Emergency Food Access

  • The Stockton Strong Fund has launched Nourish Stockton, a partnership with Edible Schoolyard Project to provide locally sourced fresh, organic produce to Stockton’s seniors (65+). 
  • So far, Nourish Stockton has delivered thousands of pounds of food to hundreds of seniors. Community members will continue to deliver more than 2,000 pounds of food to vulnerable individuals and families each week, particularly seniors. 
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, please fill out this food survey or call 209-252-0423.

Being a Good Neighbor

Status: Thank you for your interest in our Stockton Grant Application. Due to high demand, we are no longer accepting applications.

  • The Stockton Strong Fund aims to support nonprofits that need help providing services to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The Stockton Strong Fund has begun accepting Letters of Interest from nonprofits that need help providing services to vulnerable residents during COVID-19. Please note: Letters of Interest are not considered applications for funding. 
    • To be eligible for Fund support, nonprofits’ primary service population should be located within Stockton city limits. Organizations must be 501(c)(3) organizations including faith-based organizations, and demonstrate a track record of robust programming and services for Stockton residents.
      • Letters of Interest for the first and second round of grants have been accepted. Those nonprofits that are extended an invitation to apply for the first round should receive funding disbursements by the end of April. Any follow-on rounds will disburse after. Note: due to the high number of applications received, disbursements will occur one to two weeks later than originally planned. 
      • We expect the average grant to range in size from $5,000 to $10,000, for those nonprofits that are extended an invitation to apply. Exact amounts will depend on resources available and the collective need in the community.
        • For nonprofits to access the Letter of Interest, please login – or create an account if necessary – on the CFOSJ website
          • Select “Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund”

        Empowering Small Businesses

        Status: Thank you for your interest in our Stockton Grant Application. Due to high demand, we are no longer accepting applications. 

        • The Stockton Small Business Relief Program is intended to provide financial assistance and temporary relief for local small businesses and entrepreneurs that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. For-profit businesses may qualify for a $3,000 grant that can be used for inventory, working capital (e.g. rent, payroll, utilities), and/or equipment. Grants will be issued to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis, until all funds have been provided to businesses within the city of Stockton.

         

        Stockton Strong Fund Recipients

         

        Nonprofit Recipients

        • Restore the Delta, to facilitate the Stockton Sewing Circle for COVID-19 masks

        • Lord’s Gym of Stockton, to support with community food distribution

        • United Sikh Movement, to sustain a community food pantry

        • PUENTES, to support the establishment of home gardens

        • Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, to provide emergency assistance to former foster youth pursuing higher education

        • Victory in Praise Church, to give direct microgrants to community members to aid in meeting food, housing, and other needs; to sustain youth programming

        • Tuleburg Press, to pivot to online creative writing programs

        • Bread of Life, to expand free supplemental food program

        • San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber Foundation, to launch a Virtual Business Resource Center

        • Children’s Museum of Stockton, to fund a re-launch of the Children’s Museum when it is safe to do so

        • El Concilio, to create a Homeless Prevention fund and distribute food baskets to food-insecure stakeholders

        • Mexican Heritage Center, to cover core operating costs and keep the Center open in the absence of regular fundraising events

        • Stockton2020, to fund the Print to Protect Coalition mask 3D printing efforts

        • Gospel Center Rescue Mission, to implement additional training and support for staff members to comply with best practices in the time of COVID-19

        • A Tavola Together Foundation / Stockton Community Kitchen, to produce and deliver 300 hot meals every work day

        • HIS RAFT, to purchase a new truck to continue distributing food to smaller food pantries

        • Jene Wah, Inc, to provide healthy meals to Chinese-American Senior Citizens

        • Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, to continue food distribution programs

        In addition, thanks to the generosity of Financial Center Credit Union and the Duffy Family Fund, a total of 25 organizations received $1,000 grants. For a full list of grantees, please inquire at info@stocktonstrong.org.

        Small Business Grant Recipients

        A wide range of small businesses received $3,000 grants from our Stockton strong COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. For the long list of recipients, click here

        Details of the Stockton Strong Fund

        Fund Oversight

        • The Stockton Strong Fund is a vehicle for individuals and philanthropic partners to invest in solutions that address the impact of the COVID-19 related public health emergency in the City of Stockton. 
        • The Stockton Strong Fund is fiscally sponsored by the Community Foundation of San Joaquin (“CFOSJ”), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. CFOSJ is one of the largest, place-based public charities in San Joaquin County, stewarding more than $17 million in assets. CFOSJ serves as the philanthropic partner to individuals, families, nonprofits, and businesses in San Joaquin County. Its mission is to provide leadership, promote a culture of giving, and create resources that address the needs of our community.
        • CFOSJ (Community Foundation of San Joaquin) will provide due diligence and fiscal oversight of the Stockton Strong Fund based on financial practices that meet National Standards for U.S. Community Foundation set by the Council on Foundations. CFOSJ deposits all donations into the Fund and provides donors with charitable tax documentation. 
        • The Stockton Strong Advisory Committee will provide counsel and additional oversight to the process.

        More information

        • If you’re interested in learning more about the Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund, email info@stocktonstrong.org

        San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources

        The Workforce Development Board of San Joaquin County is offering financial relief for workers during COVID-19. Workers that have been terminated, laid off, had a reduction of hours or are self-employed and unable to work due to COVID-19 are eligible for up to $800 in supportive services. Click Here to learn more, or call 209-468-3660. 
        English Language Learner Grant Program is available to assist assist English Language Learners/Immigrants seeking employment-related skills, and services necessary to overcome barriers to employment, and embark on a career pathway. Click here to learn more, or call 209-468-3109.

        Access the new Supervisorial District Fund

        Each Supervisorial District recently received $3 million each. This new funding can be used to reimburse costs to Health Care partners, small businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other COVID-19 related expenses. This definition may also extend to nonprofits.

        Please connect with your Supervisor via email or phone (click here) so you may learn more about how you can access the dollars: 

        If you live in District 1 – Supervisor Villapudua, mvillapudua@sjgov.org
        If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, kmiller@sjgov.org
        If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, tpatti@sjgov.org
        If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, cwinn@sjgov.org
        If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, belliott@sjgov.org

        If you’re not sure which Supervisorial District you live in, then please use this district lookup tool.

        Update on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

        The IRS has begun sending payments to taxpayers nationwide. Most people won't need to take any action if they are eligible for payment. To check your payment status, visit their site.

        Resources

        Has your employment status changed, or are you working less hours because of COVID?

        If you have lost your job or your employer has reduced your hours because of COVID-19,

        UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own (including because of COVID-19). Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

        If you are an entrepreneur or independent contractor who needs support,

        • You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).The PUA benefits are payable if an individual doesn't qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also does not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. For more details, click here.

        If you are looking for a new job now, 

        • Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit amazon.com/centralvalleyjobs.
        • Stockton Unified (SUSD) is hiring. Take a look at their open roles here.
        • San Joaquin County WorkNet provides great resources for job seekers, including programs specifically designed for getting you back to work. Click here to learn more.
        • CalJOBS is supporting the people of California in getting back to work. Search for job listings in your area here.

        If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19,

        file for Disability Insurance (DI).

        DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

        If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member,

        file for Paid Family Leave (PFL).

        PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

        For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department.

        If you are an immigrant who needs financial assistance, 

        You can apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), a one-time state-funded disaster relief payment for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act federal stimulus payments or from pandemic unemployment benefits. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

        You can begin your application with CRLAF by calling this toll-free number: 877-557-0521.

        If you are concerned about COVID-19 financial scams,

        CRC (California Reinvestment Coalition) has developed a helpful infographic in English and Spanish to alert people on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from scammers and bad actors. Vulnerable communities are disproportionately targeted by financial predators. 

        Avoid COVID-19 Scams [English]

        Avoid COVID-19 Scams [Spanish] 

        If you are a farmer, rancher, producer, or you have a rural-based business, 

        The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide that be can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19. 

        Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?

        For consistent updates, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

        Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors, on the Department of Homeland Security Website

        What's closed?

        • Dine-in restaurants 
        • Bars and nightclubs 
        • Entertainment venues 
        • Gyms and fitness studios 
        • Public events and gatherings 
        • Convention Centers
        • Hair and nail salons 
        • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
        • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
        • Shopping malls
        • Wineries and tasting rooms
        • Movie theaters 
        • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
        • Zoos and museums
        • Cardrooms

        Please click here for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the California State Government in English and in Spanish.

        Want to support #STOCKTONSTRONG?

        Your donation will fund relief programs designed to support
        vulnerable workers, small businesses, and senior residents who are in quarantine.