India Currents Foundation was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in May.
The grant will fund India Currents’ general operations to support its storytelling and community engagement efforts, Publisher Vandana Kumar said. The Silicon Valley CommunityFoundation is an organization that supports philanthropy within the Silicon Valley by helping to connect organizations in need of funding to donors.
“This was our first grant win in 2021 and also a validation that a funder found the work we do at India Currents to be valuable to the community,” Kumar said.
She said she was “ecstatic” upon hearing the news of the grant win and said this type of funding is essential for organizations like India Currents to continue serving the Bay Area community.
“India Currents is in a moment of transition – historically, we have been supported by ad revenue,” she said. “With the collapse of the advertising model, we are turning to our readers to support community journalism. Every donation makes our hearts sing! We are working on making this a major part of our revenue base.”
The grant is one of multiple that India Currents has won in the past year from organizations like United Way Bay Area, Ethnic Media Services, and the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism.
Srishti Prabha, India Currents’ Managing Editor, said India Currents serves as a crucial source of information for minority communities in the Bay Area.
“Ethnic media battles to provide unencumbered reporting, and grant funding allows for us to tell the unusual, unique stories you wouldn’t find in mainstream media,” they said.
She said the grant funding will allow India Currents to maintain its position as a space for Desi people in the Bay Area, United States, and across the globe.
“We rely heavily on grant funding to sustain our grassroots work and so getting this grant feels like a life source,” Prabha said. “We live another day to tell the stories that matter to our community.”
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A new Shelter-in-Place Order for Santa Clara County residents went into effect on Monday, May 4, 2020, extending the shelter-in-place timeline from May 4, 2020 to May 31, 2020 but allowing certain businesses and activities to resume.
“We have successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19,” said Assemblyman Ash Kalra (A-27), in a statement released May 8.
The updated order from the county’s Health Officer allows some workplaces to go back to work so long as those organizations comply with certain safety protocols
That includes all construction projects and real estate transactions, as well as nurseries, landscaping, and agriculture businesses that normally operated outdoors prior to the shelter in place mandate.
Educational and recreational programs that provide childcare for people who are allowed to work outside of their homes are also eligible to resume services.
However, the order requires that all businesses in the County update or create a Social Distancing Protocol based on local or state restrictions, and to follow whichever guideline is stricter, as they transition into Stage 2 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced new changes to California’s four-stage Pandemic Roadmap, that will allow some Lower Risk Workplaces such as modified school programs and childcare the opportunity to adapt and re-open in some counties.
The framework also provides Industrial guidance that will drive the reopening of businesses in the retail, manufacturing, and logistics sectors, as long as they meet criteria for risk assessment, screenings, physical distancing and disinfecting protocols.
Santa Clara County Resource Initiatives
Santa Clara County is creating access to resources that its residents may need as they gear up for staggered re-openings within their county and across the state.
In San Jose, the city’s work2future program will work with local restaurants to provide on-the-job training for adults, and work experience funding opportunities for older youth.
The California DMV will reopen select field offices across the state on Friday, May 8, to a field office during the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Jose Driver License Processing Center will reopen to assist customers with appointments and transactions that require in-person visits. Online and expanded virtual services will still be available to complete driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals, and other transactions.
California State Pandemic Response
At the state level, Governor Newsome is creating several new initiatives to help Californians contend with the pandemic.
They include the Great Plates Delivered Program which will provide meals to high-risk seniors, and support for local restaurants and other food providers that are struggling to remain open during the pandemic. Another groundbreaking statewide initiative, High Road Kitchens will provide grants and subsidies to independent restaurants which commit to equitable wages, re-hire employees and re-purpose themselves as community kitchens as they reopen; training on compliance with COVID-19-related physical distancing orders is also on offer.
Childcare for Essential Workers
Parents can find affordable childcare from a list of open licensed childcare programsthrough a state subsidized portal of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies. By entering their location and type of care they need, they will receive instantly receive a list of local center-based and family childcare programs.
Financial Relief for Students and Homeowners Additional relief measures announced by Governor Newsome include assistance for more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans, temporary cash aid and assistance to eligible families to in find and keep jobs through CalWORKsand a Forbearance option – a temporary pause or reduction in monthly mortgage payments – for families facing financial hardships. New guidance is also available for people who have exhausted all benefits, EDD debit cards, or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
Small Businesses Relief Programs
Covered California will protect small businesses seeking to keep their employees covered by reducing premiums and deferring payments during the pandemic. Governor Newsom also has extended the tax filing deadline for taxpayers have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19
Residents can check the status of their Economic Impact Payment at the Get My Payment portal and confirm whether the money is arriving via direct deposit or paper check.