Just weeks after its official launch, the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund has awarded six grants of $10,000 each to organizations considered critical safety net providers for high-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund, organized by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance, has also begun “Round 2” of its fundraising campaign, with a matching-grant donation of $25,000 from local philanthropists John Sutton, CFO of The Wine Group, and Marti Sutton, past chairperson of the Las Positas College Foundation board of directors.

Receiving grants in the “Round 1” distributions were Axis Community Health, CityServe of the Tri-Valley, Open Heart Kitchen, Senior Support Services of the Tri-Valley, Spectrum Community Services (Meals on Wheels), and Tri-Valley Haven. The organizations were identified as critical by the human services departments of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton.

The grants came from $30,000 in community donations and $30,000 from the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund’s matching-grant program, including $20,000 in seed money from the Community Health & Education Foundation and $10,000 from Hacienda Helping Hands, an ongoing community campaign of the Hacienda Business Park.

“We know COVID-19 has impacted everyone in our region to some extent,” said Kathy Young, Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance chief executive. “It’s comforting to know the idea of ‘wrapping a blanket of services’ around the shoulders of our neighbors most impacted has really resonated.”

Community donations have been strong since the outset, according to Young, who said $20,000 was raised in just the first two weeks, and $30,000 in the first month. Contributions to the Matching Funds Program have also been strong, with commitments now exceeding $90,000.

Round 2 of the distributions will come as the fund receives community donations to take advantage of the Matching Funds Program. “Each round of funding is just as important as the first round,” said fund consultant Susan Hayes. “We know residents will continue to face economic challenges for months to come, even as our communities start to reopen.”

Donations may be made online at www.chefgivingcommunity.org/tvnf or http://tvnpa.org/tvnf. The fund is being administered by CHEF, which is also absorbing administrative costs and processing fees so 100% of the donations go to the targeted organizations. For information about becoming a Matching Funds Program partner, open to businesses and organizations for a minimum donation of $1,000, contact Young at (925) 699-7323 or kathy@tvnpa.org.