Grant Opportunities

Our Donors’ Generosity Leads to Opportunity and Impact

Since 1982, we have had the privilege of stewarding charitable gifts from generous locals who wanted to see our community thrive. Together with our donors, we’ve awarded a total of $223 million to community organizations to date.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values drive our actions

Our Mission

To bring together people, ideas, and resources to inspire philanthropy and accomplish great things.

Our Vision

To make Santa Cruz County thrive for all who call it home, now and in the future.

Our Values

Accelerating Solutions. Building Trust. Advancing Opportunities.

Our Grantmaking Overview

Our Grantmaking is guided by a set of eight principles we apply in awarding funds. Our approach is to provide flexible funding to organizations addressing pressing local issues and creating lasting positive impact. We prefer making grants to support the general operations of nonprofits. We continue to work with leaders of color to make sure that our grant funds are addressing historic and current inequities. You can view our 2022 Community Grant awardees below.

2023 Community Grants

We have a commitment to trust-based grantmaking and general operating support grants for nonprofit partners addressing our priority funding areas. In April 2022, we awarded $1.7 million through our Community Grants cycle. The majority of these funds are restricted to children, youth, and seniors and are focused on education, end-of-life care, youth development, historic preservation, and human services. Our 2023 Community Grants cycle dates to note:

Feb. 13: Begin accepting applications from eligible nonprofits

Mar. 14: Applications due

May 5: Funding decisions announced

Congratulations to our 2022 Community Grant Partners

Alzheimer's Association
Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Asian American Pacific Islander Collective, Santa Cruz
Association of Faith Communities of Santa Cruz County
Black Surf Santa Cruz
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
CASA of Santa Cruz County
Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey County
Central Coast YMCA
Communities Organized for Recreational Power in Action
Community Action Board
Community Bridges
Dientes Community Dental
Digital NEST
El Sistema
Encompass Community Services -Si Se Puede
Esperanza del Valle
Families in Transition
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
Food What?!
Girls Inc. of the Central Coast
Grey Bears
Health Projects Center
Housing Matters
Juneteenth/ Friends of Parks and Recreation
Life Lab Science Program
Live Oak Cradle to Career
Monarch Services
Mountains 2 Sea
NAMI Santa Cruz County
Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Positive Discipline Community Resources
PVUSD Raising a Reader
Salud y Cariño
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Santa Cruz Art League
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
Santa Cruz Community Health
Santa Cruz Community Ventures
Santa Cruz County Black Health Matters Initiative
Save the Music Foundation
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
Senior Citizens Legal Services
Senior Network Services
Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center
Teen Kitchen Project
The 418 Project
Valley Churches United Missions
Vets 4 Vets Santa Cruz
Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center
Watsonville Film Festival
Watsonville Law Center & Immigrant Legal Services of the Central Coast
Watsonville Wetlands Watch
White Hawk Indian Council
YWCA of Watsonville

Borina Special Places 2022

Corralitos Woman's Club
Mid-County Senior Center
Pajaro Valley Arts
Pajaro Valley Historical Association
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation

Compassionate Care 2022

Coastal Kids Home Care
Hospice of Santa Cruz County
Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Association

Diversity Partnership 2022

Birds of a Feather
Diversity Center
Queer Youth Task Force
Santa Cruz Pride
School GSA clubs (18)

Greatest Needs and More

The CALI Project (Community Alliance for Lifelong Independence)
Equal Access Santa Cruz County
Juneteenth Santa Cruz
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

Impact Profile

Impact Profile

We work actively to bridge donors’ interests and local nonprofits’ work to address our county’s needs. To stay accessible year-round and help make everyone’s work efficient, we offer a tool to share a profile of your organization’s impact with us and our donors.

Completing an Impact Profile is a chance to provide our donors the answers they're most curious to learn. To create one for your organization, first download the Impact Profile Instructional Worksheet.

After reviewing the worksheet, visit our grants portal to access the Impact Profile form. Don't have a login to our portal? Sign up here. Your responses will be collected in our online form and made available to donors as they consider grants from their donor-advised fund. We accept them on a rolling basis. If you submitted a Community Grant proposal in March, that will serve as your Impact Profile and no further action is needed.

Click the link to view our Impact Profile FAQs.

Learn more about our recent grantmaking:

Rise Together 2022

Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT)
Aztecas Youth Soccer
Black Surf Club Santa Cruz
Campesina Womb Justice
CA Film & Cultural Center
Community Action Board Santa Cruz County
Digital NEST
Speak for Change Podcast & Everyone's Music School
Housing Santa Cruz County
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Estrellas de Esperanza & Esperanza del Valle
Santa Cruz County Black Health Matters Initiative
Santa Cruz Local
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
UC Santa Cruz University Library
Watsonville Film Festival
Watsonville Campesino Appreciation Caravan
Healing Events
La Alianza Del Valle Pájaro
BBQueer Fest
London Nelson Legacy Project
SC Equity Collaboration
Watsonville is in the Heart

Here to Help

Kevin Heuer


Contact our Director of Engagement & Impact Kevin Heuer at 831.662.2030 or

Grantee Partners

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