Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Grant Applications

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Grant Applications from “Safety-net” Nonprofits and Small Businesses 
May 13, 2020- Nevada City, CA –The Nevada County Relief Fund seeks grant applications from “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County providing a life-line to our neighbors most in need, and small businesses throughout the County hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Nonprofit “Safety-net” Grants Range from $5,000 – $20,000
The Relief Fund seeks applications from nonprofits focused on the rapid deployment of services for seniors, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, youth who are at-risk, families or individuals struggling to find access to food, shelter, childcare, and other critical needs. Together with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, which serves eastern Nevada County, these efforts boost nonprofit capacity and strengthen the “safety-net” for the region’s most vulnerable citizens.
“Not only will the Relief Fund help address many of the basic needs we’re seeing, but it can also mitigate some of the mental-health impacts of COVID-19 including social isolation, increased depression, and possible increases in family violence,” said Nevada County Behavioral Health Director Phebe Bell, who chairs one of the grants making teams.  
Small Business “Micro-Grants” up to $5,000 Per Applicant Available 
The Relief Fund will also award micro-grants for small business owners and nonprofits countywide struggling to survive until they can reopen or resume normal operation. These grants will be managed by the Sierra Business Council, who will also provide awardees with one-on-one business counseling through its Small Business Development Center. 
“From the hundreds of entrepreneurs our Small Business Development Center has talked with, most of them just need some cash to help restock inventory, hire back employees and catch up on bills. We hope this grant can help take a bit of stress and pressure off an owner’s mind so they can focus on getting back to business,” said Kristin York, Vice President of the Sierra Business Council. 
The first $200,000 raised will be split approximately 50/50 between the two funds, with half going to “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County, and half going to small businesses countywide. Additional grant cycles will occur every time the Relief Fund raises another $100,000.

About the Nevada County Relief Fund
The Nevada County Relief Fund was created through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (SNMH Foundation), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), and the Sierra Business Council (SBC) in consultation with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL) and the Economic Resource Council (ERC). In conjunction with TTCF’s Emergency Response Fund, the purpose of this effort is to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors, and support our small, rural businesses. For more information, please visit, 

Telethon Benefiting NCTV Oct 13

Friends of NCTV presents…

Saturday, October 13 • 1-5 pm
Grass Valley City Hall

Entertainment, proclamations, community folks and on-air pledging to support NCTV operations and bring the studio back to full strength! Your gift to NCTV supports community media, including local parades, sports, music and more.

Special guest appearance by Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, and Duane Strawser, Mayor of Nevada City, during the 3:00 o’clock hour.  Mayor Strawser will read a proclamation issued by the Nevada City City Council.

Tune in to NCTV’s first live telethon on Comcast Channel 11, Suddenlink Channel 16, or

For more information contact Gil Dominguez at 530-263-2482 or

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Help Needed for Fair Booth!

The Chamber is still looking for help with our Hamburger Booth at the Nevada County Fair!

Shifts we need help with are:
Thursday, Aug 9 • 8pm-11pm • Need 7 people
Sunday, Aug 12 • 5pm-8pm • Need 4 people
Sunday, Aug 12 • 8pm-11pm • Need 4 people

All Volunteers helping with the booth receive FREE entry to the Fair ($9 value), a FREE Cheeseburger & Soda ($8.50 value) and a FREE Root Beer Float ($3.50 value) from the Chamber’s Hamburger Booth.

Your help is GREATLY appreciated!

Please call Cathy at the Chamber office to volunteer, 265-2692.


ERC Survey

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members:

The Nevada Economic Resource Council Board of Directors needs your help and support in gathering critical information about the current business climate in our community.

As a valued member of our business community, your time and attention to the attached survey will be instrumental in deepening our understanding of how we can best serve you. It will take only ten minutes to complete and we will share the results with you.

The survey asks questions about the challenges – both past and current – you have had doing business in Nevada County. Our goal is to gather a significant number of responses and review them so the NCERC Board can assess where there are common issues. We will select 2-3 that we can focus on and will work with community partners to find solutions.

Thank you in advance for your participation. We ask you to complete the survey by July 23rd.

Take the survey

We will be reporting on the results at our next board meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2012 and hope you will join us at the meeting to hear the results. Please feel free to call Jon at (530) 274-8455 if you have questions.

Kimberly Parker – Chair
Judy Hess  – Committee Chair
Jon Blinder – Executive Director
Nevada County Economic Resource Council