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On August 4, 2020, the Riverside City Council approved the revised Expenditure Plan for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding from the State of California totaling $27,991,888 for all programs, services and equipment. A portion of that funding has been allocated to assist food pantry and nonprofit organizations with COVID-19 related expenditures. Food pantry organizations may receive up to $8,000 in aid and nonprofit organizations may receive $1,500 to $24,000 in aid. Applications are due September 28, 2020!

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds

Learn how you can apply for relief funds under the CARES Act.

Loan Application Assistance Program – Inland Empire Community Collaborative and Caravanserai Project

The Loan Application Assistance Program aims to provide supply to non-profit organizations as they are navigating the CARES Act provisions and explore their options for financial aid. The LAAP is an initiative developed by the Inland Empire Community Collaborative and Caravanserai Project.

Paycheck Protection Program

To access the Paycheck Protection Application form: the emergency funding applications are available at the SBA and directly from the US Treasury.

Guidance that is being sent out by the AICPA (certified public accountants) is to immediately access payroll related needs and submit applications sooner than later.

COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

Here are some resources from the sector on how nonprofits can navigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their staff, finances, and the clients and communities they serve.


Academy GO

Academy for Grassroots Organizations was formed in the year 2000 to meet the needs of a growing Inland Empire Region by coalescing and strengthening its nonprofit and community-benefit sector. Today, with a mission to Convene, Equip, and Guide Community Leaders, “AcademyGO” provides a variety of resources and learning opportunities throughout the region and serves a network of more than 3,000.

Caravanserai Project

Caravanserai Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which positions itself as a crucible where ideas and experiences are brought together, exchanged and developed in order to promote social innovation and encourage progress. The goal is to work both with social innovators and change makers – regardless of the stage they are at (explorers as well as more advanced mission driven entrepreneurs) – and support them along their journeys.

Inland Empire Community Collaborative

The Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC) is the result of two years of 31 non-profit agencies working together to strengthen our organizations and improve outcomes for individuals and communities throughout San Bernardino County.

Inland Empire Non-Profits Resources

A centralized hub that connects nonprofit professionals, volunteers and organizations to resources – including funding, jobs, training, local events, networks and more throughout Inland Southern California.