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May Newsletter: 74 New Grants Awarded in Response to COVID-19

15 COVID-19 Relief Grants Awarded

When the COVID-19 crisis began, we surveyed our partners and had candid conversations to determine how to best support them during this challenging time. In response, REDF awarded 15 COVID-19 Relief Grants to social enterprise partners across the country. These $30,000 general operating grants and technical assistance will provide our partners the support they need to plan, pivot, and respond in this radically changed environment. Read the press release.


REDF Helps LA County Make 59 Relief Grants

REDF partnered with the County of Los Angeles to launch the state of California’s first Employer Assistance Grant Fund. We are proud to announce that 59 small businesses including 13 social enterprises across the county of Los Angeles have received grants from the fund. Funding will support these businesses to retain employees and continue to serve the community. Meet the grantees.


Support Social Enterprise – Shop From Home

Staying safe and staying home? Shop our guide of unique, handmade products and support small businesses who are keeping people employed and serving our communities! Shop our Gift Guide.



Stories of Resilience – Updates from the Field

From sewing face masks and isolation gowns for healthcare workers to delivering food to homeless shelters – social enterprises across the country are adjusting their businesses to keep their employees working while supporting their local communities. Read their inspiring stories of resilience here.


Partnerships that Work

Across California, thousands of employees of REDF partner social enterprises Chrysalis and Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) work with Caltrans to keep roadways clean and safe. When COVID-19 made that impossible, we banded together with these social enterprises to negotiate with Caltrans and the State of California so their workers could keep their jobs and paychecks while participating in virtual training. They will return to the crew with new skills making them even more valuable employees.

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