Jewish Federation of Orange County is committed to providing essential financial resources for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In May, we established an Emergency Assistance Fund, supported by gifts from our community.  Qualified applicants may be eligible for up to three grants: the Jewish Federation COVID-19 Grant, the Jewish Federation-United Way Partnership Grant, and the Jewish Federation Lifelines Bridge Grant

 

All three grants are accessible through a single online application. Each grant has its own eligibility requirements and may require different documents or certifications.  Please read the following directions carefully to determine your eligibility and to ensure that you are submitting the correct documentation. Failure to submit proper information or documentation may delay your access to support. If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please email Assist@JFFS.org.

 


Click here to access the grant application

 

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JEWISH FEDERATION COVID-19 GRANT

Who's Eligible: Jewish residents of Orange County, CA who have suffered economic hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically loss or reduction of employment due to your own, or a family member's, COVID-19 diagnosis; or your employer's staffing reductions due to COVID-19.


Assistance Available: Up to $1,800 per household for food, housing/utility and health care support as follows:
 

  • Food Support: Grocery gift cards of $100 per person per family ($100 for a single person, $400 for a family of 4, etc.)
     
  • Housing/Utility Support: 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 Support: CVS or Walgreens gift cards of $25 for prescriptions; health insurance premiums or deductibles payable directly to a third party.
     
  • Other Support: Not applicable
     

Documentation Required to Apply:
 

  • Completed Jewish Federation Emergency Assistance Application.
     
  • Proof of identity and proof of Orange County, CA residency (a CA driver's license with your current address satisfies both).
     
  • Proof of COVID-19-related job loss/reduction, or illness (yours or that of a family member) that has affected your ability to work. This may include:
     
    • If you are employed by others: Employer's letter/email noting job termination or reduction in hours due to COVID-19.
       
    • If you are self-employed: Bank statements before and after March 15, 2020 showing loss of income and emails or letters from clients indicating discontinuation of your service due to COVID-19.
       
  • If you are applying for housing support: rent/mortgage bill; utilities: bill/s
     
  • If you are applying for health care support: health insurance bill/s
     
  • NOTE: all bills must display payee name/address

 

Can I Reapply?
You can reapply after your first request is approved, but priority is given to first-time applicants. Additional awards require advance approval by the Jewish Federation Grants & Allocations Committee.

JEWISH FEDERATION-UNITED WAY PARTNERSHIP

Who's Eligible: Residents of Orange County, CA who have suffered economic hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis due to loss or reduction of employment, or illness; who are in permanent housing (not shelter, emergency or transitional housing); and whose income is 80% or less of Average Median Income based on family size.

 

Assistance Available:
$500 one-time assistance per family unit distributed through an emergency debit card to use for food and other basic needs.

 

Documentation Required to Apply:

  • Completed Jewish Federation Emergency Assistance Application.
  • Proof of identity and proof of Orange County, CA residency (a CA driver's license with your current address satisfies both).
  • Proof of COVID-19-related job loss/reduction, or illness (yours or that of a family member) that has affected your ability to work. This may include:
    • If you are employed by others: Employer's letter/email noting job termination or reduction in hours due to COVID-19.
    • If you are self-employed: Bank statements before and after March 15, 2020 showing loss of income and emails or letters from clients indicating discontinuation of your service due to COVID-19.
  • Rent or mortgage bill to prove stable housing
  • Pay stubs or tax return to verify 80% or less of Average Median Income
     

Can I Reapply?
No - this is a one-time grant.

JEWISH FEDERATION LIFELINES BRIDGE GRANT

Who's Eligible: 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.

 

Documentation Required to Apply:

  • Completed Jewish Federation Emergency Assistance Application.
  • Proof of identity and proof of Orange County, CA residency (a CA driver's license with your current address satisfies both).
  • Housing: rent, mortgage or moving company bill; tility bill/s; Bills for medical equipment or insurance;; Burial: mortuary invoice.
  • NOTE: all bills must display payee name/address.  

 

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

  • Food Support: Gift cards for grocery stores or retail stores that sell both groceries and household necessities (e.g. Target)
     
  • Housing/Utility Support: Grant payable to a landlord, bank, moving company, or utility company. Checks cannot be issued directly to the applicant. 
     
  • Health Care Support: Gift cards for CVS, Walgreens; bills for medical costs such as insurance or other needs that cannot be fulfilled at CVS/Walgreens.
     
  • Other Support: Gift cards for gasoline to support transportation costs; Grant payable to mortuary/cemetery for Jewish burial costs

 

Can I Reapply?
You can be considered for additional support after 12 months have elapsed since last support from Jewish Federation Lifelines, if your emergency reoccurs.

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