The Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund

In response to significant community need, Mayor Michael Tubbs secured $2 million in private philanthropic and in-kind donations to launch a Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund to help Stockton residents during this public health and economic crisis. 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 for the community’s benefit.
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. 
    • 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.

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 call 2-1-1.

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

        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

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