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Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Environmental Preservation and Restoration Projects

Field-of-Interest Funds - Environmental Fund - Charles F. Flinn and Walker B. Tilley Fund for Sustainable Forestry


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Mendocino County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,500 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for environmental preservation and restoration projects. The purpose of the program is to help forest owners work forests and range lands while maintaining environmental, social, and economic values. Eligible projects benefit Mendocino County.

The primary purpose of the Charles F. Flinn and Walker B. Tilley Fund for Sustainable Forestry is to make grants that assist public and small private (non-industrial) forest owners to maintain and enhance the economic, social, and environmental values of Mendocino County’s working forests and rangelands.

Key activities that will be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and demonstration (including re-measurement of plots).
  • Public and youth education and outreach directed to learning about using the forests for economic production, not conservation.
  • Education (best management practices).
  • Restoration of forests and watersheds, with a preference for projects related to forest restoration over stream restoration.
  • Removal of invasive species.
  • Mitigation of the impact of forest roads.
  • Fire management (including Tan-Oak management).
  • Fish and wildlife habitat protection and enhancement.

The Environmental Fund is comprised of several funds including the Charles F. Flinn and Walker B. Tilley Fund for Sustainable Forestry. The goal of the Environmental Fund is to educate youth and the general public about the importance and wonder of nature as well as to encourage the appreciation, conservation, and responsible use of the natural environment. Funding priorities include but are not limited to Educational and Youth Projects, Conservation Projects, and Forest and Rangeland Projects. For further details on each of these three priorities, see pp. 9-10 of the Field of Interest Guidelines, or the Environmental Field of Interest Fund Priorities, in Supporting Documents below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that are assisting public and small private (non-industrial) forest owners to maintain and enhance the values of Mendocino County’s working forests and rangelands.

City and county entities will be considered on a request-by-request basis. All other applicant organizations must:
• Serve residents of Mendocino County or 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.
• Have one year of operational history after receiving charitable status.
• Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

The Community Foundation allows community groups to apply using a fiscal sponsor.

Applicants may not use grants for:
• Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying.
• Influencing the outcome of or participate in any public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive.
• Purposes other than those which are religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 170 (c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code.
• Purposes other than those stated in the grant award.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Program Team will be holding two technical assistance workshops on Zoom for those who would like more information about the online application process.

- Application Workshop with simultaneous Spanish translation:
August 10, 2023 from 12:00-1:00 PM
Please note that this workshop will be recorded and posted to thewebsite.

- Application Workshop for Native/Indigenous Communities:
August 11, 2023 from 12:00-1:00 PM

You may request the registration link by emailing Hayley Moore at

This year the Community Foundation will also hold their Lunch and Learn Nonprofit Training Series. The first one will cover, “The How, When, and Why of Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing”
- On September 7, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center; and
- September 8, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Mendocino Coast Clinics

Other topics will include: Understanding nonprofit governance; soliciting major gifts; marketing, fundraising, and movement building; operations; human resources for small organizations; nonprofit finance and budgeting; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); unconscious bias and engaging with clients/ community; and strategic planning.

Pre-Application Information
Program Deadline: September 18, 2023, by 5:00 pm

Grants recipients will be notified of an award by November 17, 2023.

Checks will be processed and mailed out by the new calendar year.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least five days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen internet connectivity issues.

If an applicant would like to receive feedback on their draft application, they must request an appointment and have the draft application available by September 8th.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors would like to acknowledge and celebrate awardees at regional grantee celebrations in April and May 2024. Recipients are encouraged to have staff and board members attend the appropriate check reception for your region.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant range: $1,000-$7,500

Term of Contract
Timeline should begin near the award date for the program the applicant is applying to and conclude no later than one year from the award date.

Projects and/or activities supported by a field of interest grant should be concluded by November 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions about the guidelines or to receive feedback on individual proposals applicants may call Meredith DeLucia, Senior Program Officer, at (707) 468-9882 ext. 103 or email

For technical assistance and application questions, contact Hayley Moore, Program Associate, at (707) 468-9882 ext. 110 or email

Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 South Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-9882

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