Silicon Valley Strong Fund

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is already hurting Silicon Valley residents, businesses, and community-based organizations. Particularly hard hit are those families and individuals who can least afford a medical or financial crisis, small businesses whose revenues have fallen off, and nonprofits that are seeing an increased need for services or have had to cancel arts, cultural, or fundraising events. The Silicon Valley Strong Fund–in partnership with lead organizations and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation–will work to address these economic impacts.

Now is the time for residents, businesses, and government to partner together to help. Please give generously!

An FAQ about Silicon Valley Strong is available here.

Who Silicon Valley Strong Helps

Silicon Valley Strong will help three key groups:

  • Residents, with a focus on those who are at the highest risk of displacement due to illness, caregiving, loss of work hours, and loss of income, both individuals and families with children.
  • Businesses, with a focus on small businesses and microbusinesses that are at risk of closure due to loss of clientele or health and safety restrictions.
  • Community-based organizations, including the unique needs of arts and culture organizations and the impacts to the many other nonprofits serving the vast needs of our diverse community.

Silicon Valley Strong Grant-making

Silicon Valley Strong Resident Assistance

  • Silicon Valley Strong is partnering with Destination: Home, Sacred Heart Community Services, and the Homelessness Prevention System to provide funds directly to families who need help with rent and bills due to the COVID-19 crisis. In Phase 1, approximately 4,400 families were helped. As of the end of April, there are 10,000 families on the waiting list.
  • To join the waiting list, go to:

Silicon Valley Strong Small Business Grants

  • Thanks to two major gifts, Silicon Valley Strong will fund a one-time grant program for San José small businesses with fewer than 5 full-time equivalent employees. This grant program will be operated by Opportunity Fund. COMING SOON!
  • Additional donations to Silicon Valley Strong that are designated for small businesses will make low-interest loans available to Santa Clara County small businesses through Opportunity Fund in partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Small Business Response Fund. Information is available at https://www.opportunityfund.org/assistance-for-small-business-owners-affected-by-covid-19/

Silicon Valley Strong Nonprofit Grants

  • To streamline grant-making and simplify the application process for Santa Clara County nonprofits, Silicon Valley Strong is partnering with Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund to fund grants. Information and the application is available at: https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/regional-nonprofit-emergency-fund

We welcome organizations interested in applying for Silicon Valley Strong funding. Please note, organizations that have already received grant funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Nonprofit Emergency Fund will not eligible to apply for SVStrong funding. Thank you for your understanding. It is our hope to be able to reach as many organizations as possible serving our most vulnerable communities. These are challenging times and we appreciate your efforts to support the communities we serve.