A commitment to social justice, opportunity, and inclusion

Diversity Partnership Fund

Strengthening alliances, promoting respect and enhancing services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Santa Cruz County is vital to creating a more open, welcoming, and diverse county.

About the Fund

In 1997, we became one of the first community foundations in the U.S. to establish a social justice grantmaking and leadership program for LGBTQ+ people. In 2005, we launched a campaign to build a permanent endowment to advance the goals of the partnership.

This permanently endowed fund has reached the $1 million mark thanks to the collective effort of many community partners and donors. We are grateful for the impact that generosity has made on Santa Cruz County. As a member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, more than $1 million in grants have been awarded since 1997, including $42,000 in 2018.

2018 Diversity Partnership Grants

Advocacy, Inc.
Out in Our Faith (Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center)
Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County (Diversity Center)
Santa Cruz Derby Girls
Alianza Charter School
Aptos High School
Cesar E. Chavez Middle School
Cypress High School
Delta Charter High School
Lakeview Middle School
Pacific Collegiate School
Pajaro Valley High School
Soquel High School
Watsonville Charter School of the Arts

LGBTQ+ Grants Available

All nonprofit organizations and fiscally-sponsored groups can apply for a grant to support programs and activities that strengthen alliances, promote respect, and enhance services for the LGBTQ+ community throughout the county. Our next grant cycle will award approximately $48,000 in the fall of 2019 with applications due Sep. 13.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

We are pleased to announce that for a second year, the Diversity Partnership Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Grants are available to school GSA clubs to create a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ youth. The grants range from $250 to $500 and are a non-competitive funding opportunity to support youth. In 2018, a total of $5,000 was awarded to 10 local GSA alliances and clubs. 2019 applications are due by October 31, contact Program Officer Ana Espinoza for more information.

Meet Our Diversity Partnership Advisory Committee:

Pictured Left to Right: Jim Brown, chair; Sandy Skees, Chris Weir, Rabbi Paula Marcus, Erica Murphy, Ami Ebright, Mitch Medina, Damian Maldonado.

"Know that your grant support (for our GSA) will serve a wonderful group of students and their efforts in creating a school community that is inclusive and that celebrates diversity. We are thankful to the Community Foundation and its board of directors for offering us this opportunity and supporting students in our community."

- Dr. Rosa G. Hernández, Principal, Lakeview Middle School

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Questions? Contact our Program Officer, Ana Espinoza, at 831.662.2073 or aespinoza@cfscc.org.