2019 Grantmaking Plan Update

A Message to our Partners in the Nonprofit Community,  

We know that you are eager to understand how you might apply for funding from the Community Foundation in 2019. Last year, you gave us actionable feedback to improve our grant making process and to meet the changing needs of communities in Santa Cruz County. Your feedback informed important changes we made in the last year. We are now guided by a new mission statement, vision, and values and new principles as a grantmaker. Our community grant program has a fresh look and we look forward to hearing your feedback about it. 

Changes you can expect in 2019 include: 

  • We want to save you time by using a simple, short, and more flexible grant application process and by eliminating the letter of intent. We have also simplified reporting with the elimination of  progress reports. We look forward to talking with you instead.
  • We want to help you succeed by offering flexible grants to meet your operational goals. We will welcome general operating support grants that do not need to be tied to project specific budgets.
  • We understand your need for more substantial funding and we will award larger grants and provide opportunities to renew grants simply whenever possible for multiple years of support. (This does mean that we won’t be able to provide as many grants, a trade-off welcomed by most of our partners).
  • We will support special projects and capital improvements by invitation. If you have a project in the pipeline for 2020, please let us know about it! Invitations for 2019 projects will be offered in late February or early March.
  • We are offering a single joint application process for Arts Council Santa Cruz County and Foundation grantseekers to streamline arts funding.
  • We have also eliminated the 5 year maximum funding rule and the prohibition of multipurpose agencies applying for more than one grant.

Those are some of the new features that align with our commitment to work towards solutions, build trust, and advance opportunity.

Funding available for 2019

The last two months of 2018 saw the lowest market performance since 2008. Some of our biggest grantmaking funds had significant losses. We’re at work looking for every opportunity to maximize grant dollars for community needs and to minimize the effect of the markets on your work. Our Board and staff are taking time in February to make sure we are releasing as much funding as possible in 2019. We will announce how much we have available and invitations to apply and/or RFPs by February 28th. Grant applications will be due March 28th and grant awards will be made by May 10th. We invite you to get full details at our February 28th grant information session.

We welcome any comments and/or questions that you may have.  Please contact Program Officer Ana Espinoza at (831) 662-2073 or aespinoza@cfscc.org.