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Environment Projects and COVID-19 Assistance

The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation Grant

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The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 - Applications for Environment and COVID-related Programs are accepted until December 1, 2021.


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for projects related to the environment and projects related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Priority will be given to self-help grassroots organizations. Eligible programs must benefit residents of Kern County.

The Foundation will be repeating the funding method begun in 2020 and will focus on a Single Area of interest, with most of the funding going to projects that will directly impact that cause. This year's focus will be on the environment. Any project or program involved with the preservation or conservation of the natural world, or promotes the knowledge of it, will be considered. The Foundation will also continue to designate funding to support programs that are COVID-related.

Small Grant Awards

The Foundation will continue to grant smaller grant awards throughout the year. These grants will be similar to the former Non-Cycle Grant Awards, but will now be called: Small Grants. These Small Grants will be focused on the Foundation's core interests of Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Health & Well-Being, Historical & Cultural causes, and Animal Welfare. If you have a smaller project or program that fits within these core interests, please email the Foundation with a brief description of your funding needs. 

When considering an application, the Foundation looks for: 

  • A clear and specific budget for the project requiring funding, including how the requested funds will be allocated.
  • The projected number of constituents the project will serve.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187941

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Estimated Size of Grant:

These grants can be for almost any amount, from under $1,000 up to $100,000 (and, in some special cases, even beyond) — as well as anywhere in between.

Term of Contract:

Though multi-year grants are occasionally given, the Foundation prefers to fund standalone projects or one-time financial support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation is only able to donate money to organizations that are 501(c)3 nonprofits. Note: If you are not a 501(c)3 but would like to learn how to become one, see the guideline in Supporting Documents.

In addition, the Foundation requires all potential grantees to be registered on This is a free service for all 501(c)3 nonprofits, and a good guide for donors toward learning about a charitable organization.

Funding will not be considered for the following:
- General fundraising events, campaigns, dinners or mass mailings.
- Direct aid to individuals or private foundations.
- Social, labor, political or fraternal organizations or movements.
- Operational or mission-related work of religious organizations. However, Kern County 501(c)3 religious organizations may apply for specific project-related support, such as funding for educational or literacy programs.
- Multi-year grants. Though occasionally given, the Foundation prefers to fund standalone projects or one-time financial support. In addition, the Foundation is unlikely to award funding to an organization that has received a grant award within the past year.
- Kern County-based nonprofits: The Foundation can only donate to nonprofits located in the Kern County region. However, outside nonprofits with projects focused solely on impacting Kern County may also apply.

Pre-Application Information:

There is no set amount for these grant awards, and no real deadline. Once your project is approved, you can apply, and be awarded a grant a short time later. The only deadline is December 1, 2021, as the Foundation's focus will change from Environmental projects and COVID aid, to another cause in 2022.

In order to apply, you must contact the Foundation first. This may entail a few emails back and forth, a phone call, a Zoom meeting, or the like. If your program feels like a good fit, you will be invited to apply via the online Foundation Grant Application.

Foundation directors look for programs that have a variety of financial, participatory, and voluntary support.

Additional Information:

General Application Guidelines:

Copy of the online application:


Contact Information:

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

Online application:

If you have any questions or wonder if your program qualifies for this year's dual focus, please do not hesitate to contact:, or call: (661) 489-5023.

Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation
P.O. Box 11171
Bakersfield, CA 93389

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