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Community Enrichment Grant Program

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC)

Conf. Date:

11/04/21

Deadline Date:

12/02/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $7,500 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to benefit the local community. Focus areas include environment, education, arts and humanities, health, and sense of place. The purpose of this program is to support the enrichment of local communities in Mendocino County.

Priority will be given to projects that fit the applicant’s mission, expertise, and long-term goals; advance the Community Foundation’s 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. 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.”

Types of Funding:

  1. Program proposals
  2. Capacity-building projects/administrative grants
  3. Capital projects
  4. Equipment and technology projects
  5. General Operating Support

For information about the above types of funding, see page 5 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199571

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$200,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Range of individual grant awards: $3,000 – $7,500

Term of Contract:

Timeline should begin near the award date in March 2022 and conclude no later than April 1, 2023.

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; and
- 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 Michelle Rich, Director of Community Impact.

Applicants may not use grant funds for:
- Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying;
- Influencing the outcome of or participating 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; and
- Purposes other than those stated in the grant award

The following types of projects are typically not funded:

- 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);
- 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:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Community Enrichment Grant Information Workshops. There will be two virtual opportunities to learn about the grant program and answer questions in a live Zoom format. A recorded version of a live workshop will also be available for review.

- Grant Workshop #1: Wednesday, November 3rd, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkcuirrTIvHdV0gPXkxBSGsU6EfD_KeDfU

- Grant Workshop #2: Thursday, November 4th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0odeugqDsrHNESjxHs4pe6F2KWqMArZmOJ

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Submission: December 2, 2021 by 5:00 PM

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 5 days in advance of the December 2, 2021 deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen Internet connectivity issues.

Applicants whose proposals are not competitive after the initial round of review will be notified by January 28, 2022. 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 Strategic Grant - Making Committee, Regional Advisor Committee, or staff of the Community Foundation. Site visits may be made by phone or virtually.

Grants recipients will be notified of award by March 14, 2022.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors would like to acknowledge and celebrate awardees at regional check receptions in April and May 2022. Recipients are encouraged to have staff and board members attend the appropriate check reception for your region. Dates and locations will be announced.

A recorded version of the live grant workshop can be viewed here. Community Enrichment Grant Workshop Video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/swuwkcloavygdps/Community%20Enrichment%20Grant%20Program%20Workshop.mp4?dl=0

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=mendocinocountygrants

Direct questions regarding the guidelines, application procedure, and/or individual proposals to:

Michelle Rich, Director of Community Impact
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 S. Oak Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
michelle@communityfound.org
707-468-9882 ext. 105

Technical assistance questions? Contact Caroline Bethel at caroline@communityfound.org or by phone at 707-468-9882 ext.107.

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