Diversity Partnership Grants

Creating Opportunities and Impact

In 1997, the Foundation initiated a grants program specifically for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. The grants awarded and impact achieved led to the establishment of the Diversity Partnership Fund, a permanent endowment field of interest fund. This endowment was made possible by the generosity of local donors and community leaders committed to creating a lasting impact on the well-being and quality of life for Santa Cruz County’s LGBTQ+ community.

Grant Program Goal

The Diversity Partnership was established to strengthen alliances, promote respect, and enhance services for Santa Cruz County’s LGBTQ+ community. The grant program seeks to sustain, enhance or expand programs and/or projects designed to serve the LGBTQ+ community.

Funding Priorities

Requests for funding should address one of the following priorities:

  • Ensure access to welcoming and affirming services and programs that promote LGBTQ+ health and well-being.
  • Create safe and welcoming places for the growth and development of LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Support and strengthen Latino families to increase acceptance of LGBTQ+ family members.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, a project under the fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit, or a public agency.
  • Benefit residents in Santa Cruz County, the Summit, or the Pájaro Valley.
  • Adhere to a Board-approved nondiscrimination policy regarding employment, governance, and service.
  • We do not fund partisan political activities.

Examples of Support (not limited to these examples)

Funding is available to support a specific project, sustain general operations, or boost organizational effectiveness.

  • Training, planning, assessment, capacity building, or general operations for LGBTQ+ organizations already working towards Diversity Partnership funding priorities.
  • Youth-led education on LGBTQ+ and gender issues in K-12 schools for students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Activities to ensure access to services for LGBTQ+ seniors.
  • Evaluation of the implementation of LGBTQ+ policies in a healthcare setting.
  • Programs that use evidence-based models that have proven effective with Latino families.


Information about our next Diversity Partnership grant opportunities will be announced in early 2022.

Current Grantees

Diversity Center
Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County
Safe Schools Project Santa Cruz County
Aptos Junior High
Aptos High School
Branciforte Small Schools
Delta High School
EA Hall Middle School
Lakeview Middle School
Mission Hill Middle School
Mount Madonna School
Pajaro Middle School
Rolling Hills Middle School
Scotts Valley High School
Soquel High School
Watsonville High School

Contact Director of Engagement & Impact Kevin Heuer at 831.662.2030 or kheuer@cfscc.org