Grants of up to $5,000 to California nonprofit organizations, schools, tribes, government agencies, and special districts for the preservation of local history and historical buildings in eligible communities. Projects may include historical signage, marketing materials for tours, and historical exhibits and publications. Eligible proposals are those that serve Mendocino County.
This fund makes grants to community-based projects that involve the public (all ages) in the understanding and appreciation of Mendocino County’s history.
Historical publications and exhibits, marketing materials for historical tours, and historical information/plaques/interactive media
Small projects with large or lasting impact
Cost-sharing as demonstrated by additional funds and resources
Work-sharing as demonstrated by level of volunteer involvement
Historical preservation is aligned with the organization’s mission
Historical signage is fitting for the “sense of place"
Eligible project expenses may include indirect or administration costs.
The Community Foundation welcomes proposals from Mendocino County organizations and public entities for small projects with a large and lasting impact.
If an applicant received a Field-of-Interest Fund Grant in the prior year, their organization may be eligible to apply to this round of funding, provided it is from a different field of interest. Contact the Program Team with any questions about your eligibility. 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 a 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 (see fiscal sponsorship guidelines)
• 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. For information about applying as a community group, see page 2 of the Field of Interest Grant Program Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.
Applicants may not use grants for:
- Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying
- Influencing the outcome of or participation 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
The Community Foundation will hold a Lunch and Learn Nonprofit Training Series.
“The How, When, and Why of Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing”
- September 7, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center
- 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. For more information or to register, https://communityfound.org/announcements/elementor-15702/
The grant proposal submission deadline is 5:00 PM on September 18, 2023.
Awardees will be notified by November 17, 2023
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. Appointments can be made by booking time with Meredith DeLucia.