Grants to nonprofits are one of the ways we help people in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

Grants to Nonprofits

Grants from the Community Foundation come from two general sources. The majority of our annual grants come from individuals, families and businesses with funds here. The smaller amount from funds made at the discretion of our board.  

In 2016, with help from our donors, we've awarded nearly $7 million in grants. Of this total, about $1.2 million was made through a competitive open application process for our Community Grants, as well as grants from the Diversity Partnership and Rydell Visual Arts Fund.


Learn about the first round of competitive grants available through our Community Grants program.