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 $251 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 2023 Community Grant awardees below.

Grant Opportunity for Prevention, Early Intervention, Harm Reduction and Treatment of Opioid Related Harm

The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency Behavioral Health Division has contracted with Community Foundation Santa Cruz County to make grants for the prevention, early intervention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery of opioid related disorders and harm. A total of $810,000 will be distributed in Fiscal Year 2024/2025. Awards will be granted up to $400,000 and grantees will have a grant performance period of up to 2 years to spend the grant funds; funds must be expended by 6/30/2026.

Nonprofit organizations with service delivery in Santa Cruz County are eligible to apply. Click for more details.


  • May 14 – Application period opens, Foundation staff available to answer questions here
  • July 10 – 11:59pm- Requests due in the grant portal
  • August – Funding decisions announced and grant payments issued
  • June 30, 2026 – Funds must be expended

How to Apply

Login to our grant portal. If your organization does not yet have an organizational profile, create one. From the Applicant Dashboard, navigate to the ‘Apply’ button in the header. Next, click the ‘Apply’ button within the Opioid Related Harm, Treatment & Prevention opportunity. Review our FAQs and ask a new question here. Submit your proposal before 11:59pm on July 10.

Opioid Grant Information

Community Grant Program

This May we awarded nearly $2 million through our Community Grants cycle. The majority of these funds are restricted to benefiting children and seniors and are focused on education, youth development, end-of-life care, historic preservation, and human services. Find a list of our grantee-partners below.

Congratulations to our 2024 Community Grant Partners

Agricultural History Project
Amah Mutsun Land Trust
Association of Faith Communities of Santa Cruz County
Aztecas Youth Soccer Academy
Big Brothers Big Sisters 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
Central Coast -Watsonville YMCA
Coastal Watershed Council
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action
Community Action Board
Community Bridges
County Park Friends
Cradle to Career Santa Cruz County
Dientes Community Dental Care
Digital NEST
El Sistema Santa Cruz
Esperanza Community Farms
Esperanza del Valle
Families in Transition, Inc.
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
Food What?!
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast
Grey Bears, Inc.
Health Projects Center
Homeless Garden Project
Housing Matters
Housing Santa Cruz County
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Life Lab Science Program
Martha's Kitchen
Mar Vista Elementary Field / PVUSD
Mid-County Senior Center
Monarch Services
Motion Pacific Dance
Mountains 2 Sea
NAMI Santa Cruz County
O'Neill Sea Odyssey
Pajaro Valley Arts
Pajaro Valley Historical Association
Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA)
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Regeneración/Regeneration - Pajaro Valley Climate Action
Reggie Stephens Foundation
Salud y Cariño
San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
Santa Cruz Black
Santa Cruz Community Health
Santa Cruz County Black Health Matters Initiative
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation
Santa Cruz Local, Inc.
Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Santa Cruz Symphony
Santa Cruz Welcoming Network
Save Our Shores
Second Harvest Food Bank
Senior Citizens Organization of the San Lorenzo Valley
Senior Legal Services of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Siena House
Tandy Beal
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
The 418 Project
Vets 4 Vets Santa Cruz
Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center
Watsonville Film Festival
Watsonville Law Center
White Hawk Indian Council

Borina Special Places 2024

Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Teen Kitchen Project
Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Diversity Partnership 2024

Birds of a Feather
Diversity Center
GSA LGBTQ+ Club Grants (12)
Pajaro Valley Pride
Queer Youth Task Force
Santa Cruz Pride

Compassionate Care 2024

Coastal Kids Home Care
Hospice of Santa Cruz County
Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services
2024 Community Grant Awards List

Rise Together (Nov. 2023)

Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT)
Aztecas Youth Soccer
Black Surf Club Santa Cruz
CA Film & Cultural Center
Campesina Womb Justice
Community Action Board Santa Cruz County (CAB)
Estrellas de Esperanza
Housing Santa Cruz County
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Santa Cruz Community Health Centers
Santa Cruz County Black Health Matters Initiative
Santa Cruz Local
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
UC Santa Cruz University Library – Community Archives Program
Watsonville Film Festival

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 not a grant request. But its 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 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.

Here to Help

Kevin Heuer


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

Grantee Partners

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