Emergency Funding

Opportunities for Emergency Funding 

To help you find and receive financial assistance, we’ve compiled a list of emergency scholarships and pandemic unemployment assistance information below.

Check back often as we will add more opportunities as they become available. 

Emergency Scholarships

In this section, you’ll find opportunities to receive emergency scholarships. Please read the description to learn more about the scholarships.

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HACER stands for Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources. Your generation is making the world a better place, and McDonald’s® wants Hispanic students to be front and center in that transformation. That’s why we’re giving you and your community more opportunities to make a difference.

Check out the requirements below to find out if the McDonald’s® HACER® National Scholarship is right for you:
You’re a high school senior
You’re a legal U.S. resident
You’re younger than 21 years old
You carry a minimum 2.8 GPA
You’re eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full-time course of study
You’ll disclose other scholarship programs that you’ve applied for
You’ll enroll and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after your selection (verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools)
You have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage

Apply for the McDonald’s Hacer Scholarship!

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need.

The foundation has two scholarships available to students headed to accredited, four-year universities, both up to $40,000 per year. 

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

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Edquity is a smart-phone application for students struggling with day-to-day financial issues. The team behind the app is connecting students with sources of emergency funds throughout the pandemic.

The application allows you to monitor your financial health, discover emergency resources, and receive emergency aid. 

If you have a smart phone, download the mobile application to search for an acquire sources of emergency funds.  

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This emergency aid program is for workers in the service industry affected by the pandemic.

The One Fair Wage emergency fund provides “cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.”

If you or someone you know is a service worker, apply for the emergency funds by clicking here. 

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Students willing to share their stories of struggle and triumph throughout this phase of your educational journey, Get Schooled is offering you a chance to win a $1,000.00 as part of their #WeBelongInCollege Challenge Scholarship. 

If you are currently or are planning to attend a postsecondary college before December 31, 2020:

  1. Write or record your story describing how you’re coping with the current health crisis and managing to continue to work towards your educational goals;
  2. Post it on social media with the hashtag #WeBelongInCollege;
  3. Click the link above to fill out an easy-to-complete form and submit your application. 

The deadline for the next round of scholarships is AUGUST 31, 2020.

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Students being displaced from their residence due to the pandemic are being offered emergency financial assistance.

If you have been displaced from your residence, are experiencing homelessness, or need help with housing expenses, Together We Rise is accepting applications for assistance from students.  

Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the form. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Services in Riverside County and San Bernardino County are offering financial assistance to individuals effected by the pandemic.

The Employment Development Department is adjusting unemployment payment guidelines to help more individuals receive financial assistance to supplement lost income as a result of reduced work hours or terminated employment. Please read the description to determine if the new guidelines apply to you.

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The Employment Development Department is responding to support gig workers effected by the pandemic. If you work in the gig economy and lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID19, you now may be eligible for unemployment benefits. 

Eligibility requirements: 

  • You chose to contribute to UI Elective Coverage and paid the required contributions to be considered potentially eligible for benefits.
  • Your past employer made contributions on your behalf over the past 5 to 18 months.
  • You may have been misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee.

If you do not fit these requirements, check out the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance tab below for expanded elibility requirements.

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EDD is offering Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if you are not eligible to receive regular state UI benefits. The EDD will begin accepting applications for this new, federally funded program on Tuesday, April 28.

If you are self-employed, an independent contractor or business owner, you can receive up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic. 

You may be eligible to receive an additional $600 to each Pandemic Unemployment Assistance weekly benefit amount as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.

Read more about eligibility requirements, benefit payments, and when and how to file a claim.

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“During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is still providing services for qualifying residents.

Services will include:

  • Emergency and Non-Emergency
  • Utility Assistance
  • Temporary Housing Assistance
  • Emergency and Non-Emergency Food Assistance
  • Tax Preparation Services”
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“Emergency COVID-19 funding will help provide supportive services for jobseekers enrolled in the agency’s various workforce assistance programs.

Eligible jobseekers will be eligible for up to $800 in financial support for:

  • Housing assistance
  • Utility assistance
  • Telework equipment and internet access
  • Childcare assistance
  • Transportation assistance

Jobseekers who suffered a permanent job loss due to economic impacts of COVID-19 will be prioritized for assistance.

For more information on the supportive service program, please call 951-955-9742 or contact us via email at [email protected]

Additional Information 

We’ve also added a spreadsheet of information to help you find financial assistance or reduce living costs.

You’ll find most of this information is organized across pages on this website. 

Click the link to download a two-page spreadsheet of Supplementary Student-Income Resources.