The City of Sacramento is inviting nonprofit organizations to apply for a grant from the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund.
More than $150,000 is available for nonprofits that provide direct aid and assistance to people in need.
“The memorial fund was established in 1914 to assist and provide for the basic human needs of the destitute men, women and children of the City of Sacramento,” said Janelle Oishi, support staff to the memorial fund commission.
Only nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that have an office or facility within city limits and help underserved residents are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply for the grant is 4 p.m. Sept. 30.
The Sacramento City Council appoints community members to the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund Commission to review grant applications and award grants to qualified nonprofit organizations.
Commission members determine annual funding priorities through a comprehensive, data-driven review with feedback from various stakeholders including City staff, community health needs assessments and previous recipients.
Funding priorities for 2023 are food and housing, with a focus on wrap-around services.
The Ann Land Memorial Fund was established in 1914 by former Sacramento Mayor William Land as a memorial to his mother. In 1952, Bertha Henschel gifted the City $275,000 to establish a fund in her name. Additional contributions to these funds have been made by Emma Hotfilter, Annie Zacariah and Warren Reed.
Each year, interest earnings on these bequests and contributions are distributed to nonprofit organizations through grants. On average, the Commission awards between 20 to 30 grants annually.