Community Grants

For local nonprofits serving residents of Santa Cruz County.

Welcome Nonprofit Partners and Grantseekers! Thanks to your feedback, our community grants program has a fresh look (view our guidelines here). and we are here to help you understand changes we’ve made to our funding opportunities and what they may mean for your organization. 

  

Principles as a Grantmaker

WHAT GUIDES OUR WORK

To be an effective partner in creating solutions, we commit to the following principles as a grantmaker. These changes are rooted in feedback from our nonprofit partners and guidance from our board of directors. 

  • Fund for Impact: Fund organizations that measure progress against impactful and defined goals.
  • Fund Sufficiently: Leverage and consolidate funds, and co-invest over multiple years for long-term success.
  • Fund for Organizational Effectiveness: Support requests that move organizations forward with their operating goals.
  • Be a Partner: Create open, collaborative relationships and respond to requests without excessive requirements or bureaucracy.
  • Reward Success: Fund trusted performers who continually show measurable impact in the community.
  • Support Innovation: Welcome creative solvers who have new approaches to existing issues.
  • Demonstrate Flexibility: Adjust to changing conditions and respond to disasters with support for rapid responders.

 


Our 2019 Community Grants Program

Important Info for Applicants

Information about our Community Grant program including funding priorities, application process, and timelines can be found in our guidelines. We hosted an information session in late February to share our grantmaking plans in 2019. The slides from that presentation contain a running list of our answers to questions posed by grantseekers. We look forward to reviewing proposals for funding this spring and throughout the year.

PREVIEW GRANT APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Before you log in to our online system to apply for a grant, you can preview the questions we'll ask and uploads we'll request here

CONTACT US

Still have questions? Send us an email at grants@cfscc.org so someone from our team can respond. 

 

Beyond Grants: Other Ways We Can Help

 

WAYS WE CAN WORK TOGETHER

Beyond the opportunity to apply for grants, there's lots of ways we hope to work with your organization:


 

Grants Awarded

2018

 

2017

2016

2015

  • Summer round of Community Grants [PDF 205 KB] awarded to local nonprofits working in our interest areas of arts, history and culture and environment.
  • Spring round of Community Grants [PDF 299 KB] awarded to local nonprofits working in our interest areas of community development, education/youth development, health and human services.

2014

  • Summer round of Community Grants [PDF 117 KB] awarded to local nonprofits working in our interest areas of arts, history and culture and environment.
  • Spring round of Community Grants [PDF 220 KB] awarded to local nonprofits working in our interest areas of community development, education/youth development, health and human services.

2013

  • Fall round of Community Grants [PDF 124 KB] awarded to local nonprofits working in our interest areas of arts, history and culture and environment.
  • Spring round of Community Grants [PDF 58 KB] awarded to local nonprofits working in our interest areas of community development, education/youth development, health and human services.