$1 Million Raised for Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund


Nick Eismann

Medical worker exits the Long Beach VA hospital after a shift

In the wake of many businesses being shut down and many workers finding themselves without work, the City of Long Beach in partnership with the Long Beach Community Foundation started a Coronavirus Relief Fund. The money raised is going to assist low income workers, small businesses, and those immediately in need. 

The Coronavirus fund began accepting donations on March 18, 2020 and since then the fund has raised over 1 million dollars as announced by City officials on Monday morning, April 13. “We are seeing unprecedented levels of compassion during this crisis and I am so proud of the work that is being done through the non-profits to support our community,” Mayer Robert Garcia said in a Monday morning announcement. 

According to a statement from City Officials, about half of the money donated ($475,000) has been dished out to 31 non-profit organizations, many of those organizations serve to feed and house those in need during this crisis. 

The City of Long Beach said nonprofits with a valid 501(c)3 are able to request a grant for up to $20,000. Eligible organizations include those who:

  • Aid low-income individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis pay for critical expenses 
  • Provide microloans and / or funds to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Provide emergency funds for workers laid off
  • Assist individuals experiencing homelessness for sheltering, food, sanitization supplies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the community 
  • Provide food and critical supplies to those who are home-bound
  • Assist community hospitals in gathering medical supplies and regulating patient flow. 
  • Support existing mental health and domestic violence services 

Larger grants may be given to nonprofits who serve an exceptional amount of individuals.

While there are many other funds setup at both the federal and state level, this fund puts the people of Long Beach first in the list for receiving much needed aid. 

There are many ways to donate:

Text: Text “SupportLB” to 501-55 and follow instructions to donate

PayPal: Use PayPal online or on a mobile device and donate to @SupportLB

Credit Card: Visit https://longbeachcf.org/ and fill out a secure online form

Check: Mail a check donation to the Long Beach Community Foundation, 400 Oceangate, Suite 800, Long beach, CA 90802. Be sure to add Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund in the memo section of your check