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Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs

Field-of-Interest Funds - Community Health Fund- Fraeda Dubin Endowment Fund and Pat Denny Wellness Fund


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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 and government agencies for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs in eligible regions. Funding is intended for programs and projects that benefit youth and adults. Activities must benefit residents of Mendocino County.

Fraeda Dubin truly was a Renaissance woman. An intellectual, an academic, and a world traveler, Fraeda gave generously to her community. She also experienced the sadness that results from watching a loved one’s life become derailed by substance abuse. For this reason, she created an estate plan to provide ongoing grants to programs that address problems of substance abuse.

Pat Denny was a community activist who worked tirelessly for many causes, including the County’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program that established this fund in her honor. The Pat Denny Endowment Fund assists school and community projects that support youth in making healthy choices by mitigating risks related to substance abuse and building “protective” assets.

The goal of the fund is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations and public entities involved in the delivery of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Intervention programs and activities for Mendocino County adults and youth.

Proposals may include:

  • School and community projects that support youth in making healthy choices by mitigating risks related to substance abuse and building “protective” assets; or
  • Support of programs/projects that address problems of substance abuse.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.

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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
This year the Community Foundation will also hold our 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.

Pre-Application Information
Submission Deadline: September 18, 2023 BY 5:00PM

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.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


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

Contact Information
Apply online:

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

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

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