Coronavirus: Fund for those financially hit hard open in Alameda

ALAMEDA — People can contribute to a relief fund to help the city’s renters, small businesses and nonprofits that have been financially hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

So far, people have donated about $30,000 to Alameda Strong, a partnership between the city and the East Bay Community Foundation, which will distribute the money. Donors can pick which one of the three categories they would like to see their money go toward, or whether generally to all three.

On Tuesday, the City Council will consider a formula for divvying up what people give as a general donation.

Debbie Potter, Alameda’s community development director, is recommending that 60% go to small businesses, 20% to nonprofit organizations, and 20% to Alameda renters.

Grants will be awarded to qualified applicants on a rolling basis as funds are received.

On May 19, the council approved the creation of the Alameda Strong relief fund to provide emergency grants to small businesses, nonprofit organizations and residential renters economically impacted by the pandemic.

It followed the council setting aside $600,000 on April 21 to help small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus. But at the time the council was worried that the demand and need would exceed the funds available, which led to the launch of Alameda Strong.

For information on the public-private partnership, or to make a  donation, go to alamedastrong.org.

Tuesday’s council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. For information on watching and taking part in the meeting, go to www.alamedaca.gov/Home.

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Author: Peter Hegarty

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