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COVID Resources for SF Bay Area Residents & Workers

Updated: Aug 23, 2023 08:20
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Find a Vaccine in CA

When it’s your turn, get your vaccine!  It’s free, and it will be your future passport to live events, travel, and health!  Everyone is eligible starting April 15th in California.  If you work in the health or service industries or you are over the age of 50, you can get an appointment before the 15th.

Vaccine Appointments here:

Health Departments By Bay Area County

Each county has it’s own Health Department, and it’s own dashboard for displaying medical data.  Here are the 6 different Bay Area health departments and their ‘COVID’ specific pages.  If you are interested in tracking cases in your area, testing information, and general health department info, start here:

San Francisco County: 
Santa Clara County: 
San Mateo County:
Alameda County:
Marin County:
Contra Costa County:

National & International COVID Map

COVID TESTING for Workers in SF


Appointment-only COVID-19 testing sites for any San Francisco resident or worker with symptoms.

SF Face Covering Law

You are required to wear something to cover your face when shopping, taking transit, or getting healthcare.

You must wear a face covering when you are:

  • Waiting in line to go inside a store
  • Shopping at a store
  • On public transportation (or waiting for it)
  • In a taxi or rideshare vehicle
  • Seeking healthcare
  • Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like government buildings
  • Working an essential job that interacts with the public

Alameda county Face Covering Order

Contra Costa county Face covering order

Marin county Face covering order

San Mateo County Face covering order

Santa Clara County Face covering order

CDC: How to Use a Mask properly

How to make your own mask


Tenant Rights Resource: SF TenantsUnion

a volunteer-led, donation and membership-supported nonprofit that knows practically EVERYTHING about tenants rights in San Francisco.

SF Eviction Moratorium

Article by SF Tenant Rights Attorney:
Why You Can’t Be Evicted During COVID & What To Do If You Can’t Pay Rent

Homeless During COVID

SF Resources for Homeless Services During COVID-19

Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing

LinkSF: Connect with Critical and Life-Saving Resources:

Get Food Resources

How to Access Benefits during COVID-19 

San Francisco Human Services Agency Coronavirus Alert:

Help with Getting Stimulus Checks:

SF GOV Homeless Resource Page:

Unemployement During COVID:

Employment Development Department (EDD)

Self employed unemployment, Independent Contractors, Business owners (PUA)

The EDD will begin accepting online applications for this program on Tuesday, April 28.

SF Arts & Artists Relief Fund


Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Entertainment Assistance Program for support.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Provides interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.


Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund

The $1 million So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund will provide general support grants between April and September 2020 to support the sustainability and vibrancy of Oakland’s racial justice movement ecosystem during the pandemic.


Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant

This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.


Artist Relief

A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative, Artist Relief, that will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.


Artists’ Fellowship Financial Aid

Provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.


Artists Now

$500 grants for artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+.


ArtsFund COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Immediate relief grants for arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Arts Loan Fund COVID-19 Emergency Loans

Loan can cover any emergency need identified by the borrower to help the organization stay solvent until Federal/State/County restrictions on social gatherings are lifted and events and programming can be resumed.


ASJA Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work.


Authors League Fund

Helps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.


The Blues Foundation HART Fund

For blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.


California Jazz Foundation

Financial assistance for jazz musicians.


CARES Act Grant Program

The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible nonprofit organizations including arts organizations, local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment and this program.


Center for Cultural Innovation SF Arts & Artists Relief Fund

The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts.


CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund

Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding.


Comedy Gives Back Emergency Relief Fund

Small grants of up to $500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to comedians who have lost gigs and income due to recent shutdowns.


The Creator Fund

Providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you have medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs, you can apply for assistance.


Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Providing financial assistance to musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Facebook Small Business Grant Program

Offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

For those seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition.


Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund

If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply for temporary assistance.


The Haven Foundation

Offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises.


Music Health Alliance COVID-19 Relief Resources

Emergency financial assistance is available for music professionals who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (health insurance/food/health care) over the next two months.


MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Musicians Foundation

Gives grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies.


PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund

Providing small grants for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis.


The Photographer Fund

A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. Self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardships are invited to apply for assistance of up to $500 per person.


Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.


The Safety Net Fund

The Safety Net Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis.


San Francisco OEWD COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

Allows impacted small business owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent.


SOZE Foundation Artist + Activist Relief Fund

Supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.


Sweet Relief COVID-19 Relief Fund

Funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.


Theatre Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

A resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.


UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund

Qualifications for the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund include financial assistance for freelance, hourly, and wage working artists vulnerable to the economic standstill. Funds of $250 per member of household will be distributed by the &Art& team in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.


USBG Foundation

Grocery Store Safety Information





SF Small Business Grants & Loans Private & Public


LISC and Verizon are accepting applications for the second round of the Small Business Relief Grant Program, which will make grants of up to $10,000 to small business owners impacted by COVID-19. Priority will be given to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses. Applications are due by Tuesday, April 28 at 11:59 PM (EDT). Learn more here, and apply here.

Facebook is offering Small Business Grants of $2,500 to impacted small businesses, plus up to $1,500 in Facebook ad credits, and the application process has opened in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 6 at 11:59 PM (EDT). Click here to check your eligibility and access the application.

Salesforce will soon be offering Salesforce Care Small Business Grants of $10,000 to impacted small businesses. This national application process will be opened in two phases, based on location. California’s application period opens on Monday, April 27 at 8:00 AM and closes on Monday, May 4 at 11:59 PM. Learn more here.

GoFundMe is providing matching grants of $500 to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, start a fundraiser on GoFundMe, and raise $500 from other supporters. Learn more here.

Hello Alice is offering grants of $10,000 to impacted small businesses. Learn more here.

For San Leandro Businesses: The City of San Leandro has launched the Small Business Continuity Grant Program to provide up to $5,000 to small businesses in San Leandro to help them continue operations during the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are due by Monday, April 27 at 5:00 PM. Learn more and apply here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is offering grants of $5,000 to small business owners across the country through the Save Small Business Fund. Learn more and apply here. NOTE: Due to overwhelming interest in this grant program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is not accepting new applications at this time.

For Hayward Businesses: The City of Hayward Economic Development Division has launched a Business Resiliency Grant Program to provide grants of $5,000 to impacted small businesses. Learn more here. NOTE: Due to overwhelming response, the City of Hayward is no longer accepting applications.

For Oakland Businesses: The City of Oakland and Working Solutions are partnering on the Oakland Small Business Emergency Grant Program to provide working capital grants of $5,000 to small businesses in Oakland owned by very low-income individuals who have suffered financial loss due to the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more here. NOTE: The application period is now closed. We will let our community know if applications are reopened.

For Berkeley Businesses: The City of Berkeley is making grants of up to $10,000 available to Berkeley-based small businesses and nonprofits to enable continuity through and/or beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. NOTE: The first round is closed, but a second round is expected. Visit the City of Berkeley website here for updates and to apply.

For San Mateo County Businesses: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has provided $3 million in seed money to launch a fund to provide emergency relief to local individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Learn more here.

For San Francisco Businesses:

Arts Relief Program: This program invests in working artists and arts and cultural organizations financially impacted by COVID-19 through a combination of grants and low-income loans. The application window is now closed, but you can check for updates here.

COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund: This program provides emergency grants for affected microbusinesses (1-5 employees). While currently closed, the program may reopen if additional funding becomes available. Learn more here.


Overview of COVID-19 relief programs offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA):

UPDATE as of April 24: Today, President Trump signed a bill that will make additional funding available for the SBA’s COVID-19 relief programs. Read more below.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Learn more and access the latest information here. If you have already applied for a loan, please check directly with the institution through which you applied for a status update and instructions on next steps. If you have not already applied, click here for options to find an eligible lender.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) with a Loan Advance: When additional funding is available, you will need to apply directly through the SBA. Learn more here. Note that applications that have already been submitted will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

SBA Express Bridge Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. Working Solutions is not currently an SBA Express Lender or an SBA 7(a) Lender. Learn more here.

For San Francisco Businesses: The San Francisco Hardship Emergency Loan Program (SF HELP) is providing small businesses with up to $50,000 in zero interest loans. These loans will have a flexible repayment schedule and the terms will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. Applications are now available online here.

  • or San Francisco Businesses: The City and County of San Francisco has developed this website to share information for small businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19.

  • For Oakland Businesses: The City has launched this website to serve as a portal for all of the local, state, and federal resources available to support small businesses and workers during this crisis.

Tax Filing Extensions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the California Franchise Tax Board have both extended personal tax filing deadlines until July 15.

Due to an executive order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is offering a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. This means that small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns. Learn more here.


SF & Marin popup pantries during COVID:


SF Locations & Times


Bayview Opera House, 10 am – 2 pm
4705 Third St, San Francisco, 94124

SF Ballet, 9 am – 1 pm
333 Fulton Street, San Francisco, 94102


Cesar Chavez Elementary, 9 am – 1 pm
825 Shotwell St, San Francisco, 94110

Mission High School, 9 am – 1 pm
3750 18th St, San Francisco, 94114

Roosevelt Middle School, 9 am – 1 pm
155 Palm Ave, San Francisco 94118


James Denman Middle School, 9 am – 1 pm
241 Oneida St, San Francisco, 94112

Rosa Parks Elementary, 9 am – 1 pm
2 Hollis St, San Francisco, 94115


Bessie Carmichael Elementary, 9 am – 1 pm
375 7th St, San Francisco, 94103

Francisco Middle School, 9 am – 1 pm
2190 Powell St, San Francisco, 94133

Gordon J. Lau Elementary, 9 am – 1 pm
950 Clay Street, San Francisco, 94108


Cow Palace, 11 am – 3 pm
2600 Geneva, Daly City, 94014

Giannini Middle School, 9 am – 1 pm
3151 Ortega Street, San Francisco, 94122

Lincoln High School, 9 am – 1 pm
2162 24th Ave, San Francisco, 94116


Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center, 9 am – 1 pm
650 Capitol Ave, San Francisco, 94112

Alameda county

650 West Ranger Avenue, Alameda
(Bus line 96)


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Noon – 5pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday CLOSED

Contra Costa & Solano Counties Food Bank

Information here

San Mateo County Food Bank

Santa Clara Food Pantries



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