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Community Enrichment Grants

Grants to Mendocino County, California Nonprofits, School
Districts, and Tribes for Programs that Benefit the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/06/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 to Mendocino County, California nonprofits, school districts, tribes, and special districts for programs that benefit local residents. Funding is intended for programs, capital projects, capacity-building projects and administrative grants, and equipment and technology projects.

Priority will be given to projects that fit the applicant’s mission, expertise, and long-term goals; advance the Community Foundation vision; benefit the general public, or a significant subgroup of the population; or bring the applicant organization to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity positioning it to more effectively and/or efficiently fulfill its mission in the future. 

Proposals that advance the vision of the Community Foundation may include projects in one of the following funding areas. Percentages of total available funding are from the past six years and not indicative of future funding. Not all program areas, or regions are funded equally or every year.

  • Sense of place: Including but not limited to community centers, community-enhancing projects, and the preservation of community heritage and history.
  • Environment: Including but not limited to land conservation, open space, and environmental education.
  • Healthy Communities: Including but not limited to health and safety, volunteer emergency services, senior programs and services, youth activities, garden projects, parks and trails, poverty programs, and alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention.
  • Education: Including but not limited to libraries and education programs in schools and community settings.
  • Arts and Humanities: Including but not limited to art in public places, programs that encourage art in community institutions (community centers and schools), and “art for art’s sake.”

Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • The degree of potential benefit to the general public or a broad sub-population (e.g., youth, elderly);
  • The ability to innovatively respond to community needs without duplicating other efforts;
  • The energy and organizational capacity of the organization to achieve the program’s/project’s expected results and to obtain continued funding to have a sustainable, long-term influence in the community;
  • The level of additional funds, resources, and volunteer support associated with theprogram/project and needed for timely completion; and
  • The impact of the funding request on the success of the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163059

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Range of individual grant awards: $3,000 – $8,000

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Community Enrichment grant should be concluded by April 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must:
- Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
- Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor;
- Two full fiscal years of operational history;
- Be governed by a volunteer board of directors that is representative of the community and comprised of at least three unrelated members with diverse areas of expertise, unless formed by election or appointment;
- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation;
- Have submitted required final reports for all prior Community Enrichment grants from the Community Foundation;
- Not have an active Community Enrichment Grant. An exception may be made in small school districts, tribes, and special districts, as well as for organizations that serve as the umbrella for multiple programs and acquiring separate 501(c)(3) status for each program would be impractical. These organizations may submit one application each year as long as it is not for the same program/school. To clarify whether this exception applies to your organization, please contact the Program Officer, Allison Findley

Applicants may not use grants for:
- Influencing legislation and/or elections; promoting voter registration; political candidates and/or political campaigns; organizations whose primary purpose is to influence elections/legislation;
- Litigation;
- Federated appeals or organizations that collect funds for redistribution to other nonprofit groups;
- Religious organizations for religious purposes;
- Sports team travel, class trips, and similar expenses;
- Non-specific requests for large capital projects (proposals for specific portions of capital campaigns are welcome);
- Normal operating expenses or purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions;
- Animal welfare projects that do not include a human welfare component;
- Sponsorship of school assemblies and other one-day events (unless clear long-term impact);
- Trips and/or conference attendance (including college readiness programs);
- Individuals, including scholarships for individuals; and/or
- Underwriting/sponsorship of performances or fundraising events.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Workshops

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Community Enrichment Grant Information Workshops. Program Officer, Allison Findley, will offer an interactive opportunity to learn about the new online grant platform and answer questions. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops.

- Ukiah: Friday, October 18, 12:00-1:30 (brown-bag lunches welcome), Community Foundation of Mendocino County Community Room, 204 S. Oak Street, Ukiah

- South Coast: Tuesday October 22, 12:00-1:30 (brown-bag lunches welcome), Garcia Guild, 43970 Crispin Rd, Manchester

- North Coast: Friday, October 25, 12:00-1:30 (brown-bag lunches welcome) Mendocino Coast Clinics, 205 South Street, Fort Bragg

- Willits: Wednesday, October 30, 12:00-1:30 (brown-bag lunches welcome), Willits Center for the Arts, 71 E. Commercial Street, Willits

Workshops are offered at no cost to participants. RSVP appreciated, but not required.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant proposal submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on December 6, 2019. Notification and awards will be made by March 9, 2020.

Applicants with uncompetitive proposals after the initial round of review will be notified no later than February 3, 2020. Those who make it to the second round of review may expect a site visit in late January or early February by members of the Community Enrichment Grant Advisory Committee, Regional Advisor Committee, or staff of the Community Foundation. A site visit is in no way a guarantee of funding. The Community Foundation Board of Directors makes the final awards and is under no obligation to award all of the funds available, or requested.

Community Enrichment Grant applications are submitted online through the 2020 Community Enrichment Grant Application link on the Foundation's website.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 5 days in advance of the December 6, 2019 deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen Internet connectivity issues.

Please note the following special requirements for equipment grants. An organizational match is required on a tiered basis:
- 5% for equipment purchases $3,000 - $3,999;
- 15% for $4,000 - $5,999;
- 25% for equipment projects $6,000 - $8,000.

In-kind donation of labor for the equipment installation does not satisfy the match criteria. Additionally, product specifications and cost estimates as they are known at the time of the application are required.

Community Foundation Board of Directors will present award checks at regional check receptions. If awarded, recipients should be prepared for appropriate staff and board members to attend the check reception for your region. Dates are as follows, locations to be announced:
- Round Valley: May 1, 12:00 p.m.
- South Coast: May 5, 12:00 p.m.
- Willits/Laytonville: May 7, 5:00 p.m. in Laytonville
- Ukiah Area: May 12, 5:00 p.m.
- North Coast: May 20, 5:00 p.m.
- Anderson Valley: May 22, 5:00 p.m

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Allison Findley, Program Officer
707-468-9882 x 103

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 S. Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Mendocino County