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Grants to California Nonprofits to Enhance
the Quality of Life in Local Communities

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Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 5:00 PM Pacific Time


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Grants averaging up to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible areas to enhance the quality of life in local communities. Focus areas include providing assistance to needy women and children, those suffering from mental or physical illness or substance abuse, victims of domestic abuse, and wheelchair users. Eligible organizations must operate in Riverside and/or San Bernardino Counties.

The mission of Inland Empire Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities that the Foundation serves. This is accomplished through building permanent endowments, making prudent grants for charitable causes, being a catalyst to solve community concerns, and strengthening nonprofit organizations.

Field of Interest funds are restricted to a specific program area or geographic area. Those restrictions are made by the fund donors. The size of the grants varies based on the asset size of each fund. When a field of interest fund benefits a specific community, a local advisory committee may be asked to review grant proposals and make funding recommendations.

The current Field of Interest funds are:

  • Irene S. Rockwell Fund - Benefits the residents of the city of Perris. 
  • Seraphim Fund - Aids women and children, including the economically disadvantaged, victims of domestic abuse, and those suffering from physical or mental illness or substance abuse. 
  • Fred and Eva V. Stebler Fund - Provides funds for the treatment and care of indigent children in Riverside County, with a strong emphasis on children with special needs.
  • James Bernard and Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund - Benefits wheelchair users (ADA compliance projects are eligible).

Grant-making Objectives

  • Maximize resources and efficiency through collaboration
  • Promote values of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency
  • Increase community involvement and volunteerism
  • Support early intervention and prevention of social problems

Funding Priorities

Organizations that:

  • Demonstrate strong, community-based boards and sound financial practices.
  • Have a proven ability to carry out programs consistent with its mission and a history of successful overall operations.
  • Collaborate or partner with other nonprofit entities resulting in greater community impact and positive outcomes that improve, enhance, and enrich the quality of life in the two-county area, as appropriate.

Preference is given to projects that:

  • Are perceived as a high need in the community being served.
  • Fill a gap in service.
  • Benefit a large number of residents.
  • Enhance collaboration and/or make the delivery of services more effective and efficient.
  • Have clear objectives and can document successful outcomes.
  • Expand successful programs to serve additional residents or new geographic areas.
  • Serve remote areas or areas that have received little IECF funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173482

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Irene S. Rockwell Fund: Average grant is $2,000.
- Seraphim Fund: Average grant is $10,000.
- Fred and Eva V. Stebler Fund: Average grant is $10,000.
- James Bernard and Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund: Average grant is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is for one year, starting November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nonprofit, public benefit corporations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation. Public agencies (in limited circumstances) may apply.
- Nonprofit organizations that can document ongoing operations in Riverside and/or San Bernardino Counties and have nonprofit status per above for at least three years.
- Past grantees must be in good standing and have fulfilled all previous grant obligations.

IECF will not fund:
- Debt
- Endowment
- Fundraising Events
- Individuals
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Government entities for basic services
- Projects that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or any veteran status.
- Activities that occurred prior to the beginning date of the grant.

These types of expenses are not eligible for funding:
- Ongoing operating expenses
- Retroactive funding for costs already incurred
- Capital projects (construction of buildings)
- Direct support of individuals
- Research or development activities
- Event sponsorships
- Paying off deficits or existing obligations
- Endowment, capital, or annual fund appeals
- Sectarian programs or fraternal organizations
- School/college-based extracurricular activities
- Partisan activities
- Re-granting purposes

Pre-Application Information:

Opening Date: June 15, 2020, 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Closing Date: July 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

All applicants will be notified of the results in writing no later than October 31, 2020.


Contact Information:

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

Irene S. Rockwell Fund Online Grant Application:

Seraphim Fund Online Grant Application:

Fred Stebler & Eva V. Stebler Foundation Fund Online Grant Application:

James Bernard & Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund Online Grant Application:

Any questions regarding the online application can be sent to

Inland Empire Community Foundation
3700 Sixth Street, Suite 200
Riverside, California 92501

Phone: 951.241.7777

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