Jewish Federation of Orange County is committed to providing essential financial resources for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Jewish Federation established an Emergency Assistance Fund, supported by gifts from our community. Qualified applicants may be eligible for assistance through two grant programs: Jewish Federation COVID-19 Emergency Assistance or Jewish Federation Lifelines. Both assistance programs are accessible through a single online application.

If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please email

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Assistance Available: Up to $1,800 per household inclusive of food, housing and health care support as follows:

  • Food: Grocery gift cards of $100 per person per family ($100 for a single person, $400 for a family of 4, etc.)
  • Housing: Up to $1,000 total for rent (payable to a landlord), mortgage (payable to a bank), and/or utility assistance (payable to a utility company).  Checks cannot be issued directly to the applicant.   
  • Health Care: CVS gift cards for prescriptions or over the counter health needs; health insurance premiums or deductibles payable directly to a third party.

Can I Reapply?

Grantees may apply more than once; priority is given to first-time grantees and additional awards require advance approval of Grants and Allocations Committee. If you have already received COVID-19 grant support from Jewish Federation and need additional help, email regarding your continuing need. First-time applicants, please use the form linked below.


Who's Eligible: Jewish residents of Orange County, CA who have a temporary financial emergency and a clear, documented plan for financial sustainability in the month after support is provided.


Assistance Available:
Up to $1,000 in grant support and/or up to $200 in gift cards, within a 12-month period:

  • Food: Gift cards for grocery stores or retail stores that sell both groceries and household necessities (e.g. Target)
  • Housing: Grant payable to a landlord, bank, moving company, or utility company. Checks cannot be issued directly to the applicant. 
  • Health Care: Gift cards for CVS or Target, bills for medical costs as determined through discussion with Case Manager. 
  • Other: Gift cards for gasoline to support transportation costs; Grant payable to mortuary/cemetery for a portion of Jewish burial costs.


Can I Reapply?

If your emergency reoccurs, you can be considered for additional support after 12 months have elapsed since last maximum support from Jewish Federation Lifelines.


  • Step 1: After carefully reading the guidelines above, click the link below to complete the Jewish Federation Emergency Assistance Application
  • Step 2: Email clear, readable scans or photos of the following to
    • Proof of identity/OC residency (a CA driver's license satisfies both)
    • Proof of COVID-19-related income  loss/reduction (for COVID applicants only; Lifelines applicants skip to Step 3):
      • If employed by others: Employer's letter/email noting job termination or reduction in hours due to COVID-19 and/or EDD unemployment insurance verification
      • If self-employed: Contact us at to request a self-certification statement template.
  • Step 3: We will email you to confirm acceptance of the above; to make arrangements for gift card distribution*; and to request additional documents based on your needs. Please be prepared to provide clear, readable scans or photos of current bills, including payment stub, for all areas of support.


*Gift cards are distributed confidentially in person by appointment only at our office, 1 Federation Way on the Samueli Jewish Campus, Irvine.


Click here to access the grant application