For Those in Need

Assistance from the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund is available to senior citizens (55+), disabled individuals, veterans, victims of domestic violence, transitioning emancipated foster youth, and low-to-moderate income families with dependent children who have a critical need and who reside in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma. Funds also are distributed to food banks in these counties. Critical needs assistance is provided in the form of grants that are paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord or medical equipment provider.

Assistance also is provided through Bay Area food banks. Individuals do not receive direct grants. In order to receive services, you need to contact the county coordinator in your county. The county coordinator will assist you with the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund application process and determine if you are eligible for services. Please note that all services are provided at the county level.

If you or someone you know needs temporary assistance and might qualify for a grant, please click here for a list of county coordinators and their phone numbers.

The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund does not distribute funds directly to individuals, and we will never ask applicants for their bank or credit card numbers. If you suspect email fraud, please report it at