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pro­gram, which was specif­i­cally cre­ated to sup­port non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tions adapt to chal­leng­ing eco­nomic times.

“Our top pri­or­ity is to serve vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties and the or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­port them. Un­der our ini­tial COVID-19 re­sponse, we cur­rently es­ti­mate this to in­clude seniors; low-in­come fam­i­lies and youth; low-ac­cess res­i­dents; in­di­vid­u­als with un­der­ly­ing phys­i­cal, emo­tional, or in­tel­lec­tual con­di­tions; dis­abled; home­less or hous­ing in­se­cure; Na­tive Amer­i­cans and com­mu­ni­ties of color; veter­ans; un­doc­u­mented mi­grants; and ser­vice work­ers,” states the foun­da­tion’s web­site.

The multi- sec­tor ap­proach helps fo­cus the COVID-19 re­lief aid to in­di­vid­ual as­sis­tance, food re­lief and non­profit sup­port, Bell said. “We’ve taken into con­sid­er­a­tion re­gional pop­u­la­tions and an eq­uity frame­work. The coast makes up roughly 28 per­cent of our county’s pop­u­la­tion and, to date, has re­ceived 39 per­cent of the sup­port we have sent out.”

The Men­do­cino County Coast has been al­lo­cated over $100,000 for coastal spe­cific aid, in­clud­ing $25,000 to North Coast Op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­ual as­sis­tance for coastal res­i­dents. NCO’s ap­pli­ca­tion pool has al­ready devel­oped a queue of coastal res­i­dents.

The West Business De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter be­gan tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions June 19 for its first round of re­siliency grants for small busi­nesses.

The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion hopes to raise an­other 100,000 dol­lars for a third round of ap­pli­cants.

The West Business De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter is a non­profit business de­vel­op­ment cen­ter that pro­vides no cost, con­fi­den­tial coun­sel­ing and rel­e­vant train­ing pro­grams to en­trepreneur­s in Men­do­cino and Lake County.

While the first round’s dead­line has al­ready passed, Bell said there will be an­other round of ap­pli­ca­tions, start­ing Aug. 21 through Sept. 4.

The funds granted to the West Business De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter must be used for sus­tain­able tools that sup­port growth, like business soft­ware and web­sites for e- com­merce. Among other re­quire­ments, ap­pli­cants must “demon­strate a press­ing need to re-tool and adapt business op­er­a­tions within the next 2- 6 months.”

The cen­ter will also pro­vide grant re­cip­i­ents with in­di­vid­ual ad­vis­ing, along with par­tic­i­pa­tion in group train­ing.

“We be­lieve there are many in­no­va­tive small business own­ers in our county who have a press­ing need to re-tool or adapt their business op­er­a­tions but need some fi­nan­cial help to ac­com­plish it,” said Me­gan Bar­ber Al­lende, CEO of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. “We are so grateful to those com­mu­nity mem­bers who contribute­d gen­er­ously to sup­port this ef­fort.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the cri­te­ria to ap­ply is avail­able at www.west­cen­, and with the Men­do­cino County Cham­bers of Com­merce. The fund will still be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions through Sept. 1.

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