Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the San Mateo County Strong Fund?


The San Mateo County Strong Fund (SMC Strong) was established by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on March 24, 2020 to assist individuals, families, non-profits and small businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.




How can I donate to the fund?


Donations can be made by clicking here. Donations are accepted via PayPal and credit card.




Will all the funds be distributed in San Mateo County?


Yes. All donations will go to assist residents of San Mateo County, non-profits that assist County residents and small businesses located in San Mateo County.




Did San Mateo County contribute to the SMC Strong Fund?


Yes. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a $3 million contribution of Measure K funds to the SMC Strong Fund on March 24, 2020.




How is the fund managed?


The San Mateo County Strong fund is managed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Foundation is charging a 1% management fee, a reduced rate from their usual 5% management fee.




Are contributions to the fund tax-deductible?


All contributions to the fund are treated as gifts to a public charity and are generally tax deductible, subject to individual limitations. We recommend consulting a tax professional if you have questions about the deductibility of your gift to the fund.




Who will decide how the funds are distributed?


The Board of Supervisors will approve a distribution plan for each recipient group, individuals and families, non-profits and small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.




How can donors be sure their contributions are going to help people in need, non-profits or small businesses adversely affected by COVID?


As noted above, the County Board of Supervisors is approving distribution plans for all contributions to SMC Strong. For example, plans will require non-profit grantees to report on how awards are spent including number of people assisted and how grant funds are being applied to operating expenses. That information will be reported back to the Board on a monthly basis. See details on assistance for individuals and families below which includes documentation requirements for income and need along with payments for expenses to vendors, not cash payments to applicants. The details on the small business distribution program are still being developed, but the same type of fraud prevention measures will be included in that program too.





Assistance for Individuals and Families Affected by COVID

What is the San Mateo County Strong Fund?


The San Mateo County Strong Fund (SMC Strong) was established by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on March 24, 2020 to assist individuals, families, non-profits and small businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.




How can I donate to the fund?


Donations can be made by clicking here. Donations are accepted via PayPal and credit card.




Will all the funds be distributed in San Mateo County?


Yes. All donations will go to assist residents of San Mateo County, non-profits that assist County residents and small businesses located in San Mateo County.




Did San Mateo County contribute to the SMC Strong Fund?


Yes. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a $3 million contribution of Measure K funds to the SMC Strong Fund on March 24, 2020.




How is the fund managed?


The San Mateo County Strong fund is managed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Foundation is charging a 1% management fee, a reduced rate from their usual 5% management fee.




Are contributions to the fund tax-deductible?


All contributions to the fund are treated as gifts to a public charity and are generally tax deductible, subject to individual limitations. We recommend consulting a tax professional if you have questions about the deductibility of your gift to the fund.




Who will decide how the funds are distributed?


The Board of Supervisors will approve a distribution plan for each recipient group, individuals and families, non-profits and small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.




How can donors be sure their contributions are going to help people in need, non-profits or small businesses adversely affected by COVID?


As noted above, the County Board of Supervisors is approving distribution plans for all contributions to SMC Strong. For example, plans will require non-profit grantees to report on how awards are spent including number of people assisted and how grant funds are being applied to operating expenses. That information will be reported back to the Board on a monthly basis. See details on assistance for individuals and families below which includes documentation requirements for income and need along with payments for expenses to vendors, not cash payments to applicants. The details on the small business distribution program are still being developed, but the same type of fraud prevention measures will be included in that program too.





Small Business Grant Program

Are non-profit grants still available?


This grant opportunity is now closed,. There are more than 150 agencies that will be placed on a waiting list until additional funding is received. For future opportunities, please check back on this website. You may also visit www.philanthropyca.org/covid-19-response for information on non-profit emergency grant opportunities.




Are there other programs are offering grants to non-profit agencies?


Yes. You may also want to consider applying for the Regional Non-Profit Emergency Fund program through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. We also suggest you research additional grant opportunities.





Non-Profit Grant Program

Are non-profit grants still available?


This grant opportunity is now closed,. There are more than 150 agencies that will be placed on a waiting list until additional funding is received. For future opportunities, please check back on this website. You may also visit www.philanthropyca.org/covid-19-response for information on non-profit emergency grant opportunities.




Are there other programs are offering grants to non-profit agencies?


Yes. You may also want to consider applying for the Regional Non-Profit Emergency Fund program through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. We also suggest you research additional grant opportunities.





In challenging times like these, it’s more important than ever that we all pull together.
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Help the County of San Mateo combat the COVID-19 pandemic by donating to the San Mateo County Strong Fund. Your tax-deductible donation goes towards outbreak response efforts, including providing assistance to individuals, families, small businesses, and non-profits in San Mateo County. 
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Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to charitable activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Financial information about Silicon Valley Community Foundation can be obtained by contacting us at 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, California 94040-1498, 650.450.5444.

SMCU Community Fund is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization - Tax ID #85-0663372.
All Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Contact: SMCU Community Fund, ATTN: Support Services, 350 Convention Way , Redwood, City, CA 94063.