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Ocotillo Wind Imperial Valley Fund Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits and Institutions for Educational,
Health, and Civics Programs for Imperial Valley Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Imperial Valley Community Foundation (IVCF) - Ocotillo Wind Imperial Valley Fund

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 11:59 PM Receipt by Email


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofits and institutions for programs that improve the quality of life for Imperial Valley residents. The funding source supports projects that address health and wellness, disaster recovery and emergency preparedness, civic engagement, economic and workforce development, and youth education, recreation, and safety.

The funding source is receptive to impactful proposals that:
a. Demonstrate relevance and ensure that the project improves the quality of life in the region.
b. Are able to provide measurable results within one year from the commencement of the project, even if part of a multi-year project.
c. Have the potential to be scaled up or expanded.
d. Can be grown and replicated, if a new program.
e. Benefit from and encourage collaborative work, and bring public and private partners together with nonprofit organizations.
f. Demonstrate knowledge of local needs, existing services and trends.
g. Identify target population to be reached and the justification for that focus.
h. Provide clear benchmarks for measuring success/progress.

Grant proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis, using the following criteria:
a. Clarity of project description, project activities, and steps to be taken to achieve desired outcomes.
b. Achievable timeline that corresponds to the key activities.
c. Meaningful benchmarks and indicators of success.
d. Innovative and effective strategy with potential for systems change and adds value to the community and RFP-field.
e. Organizational capacity to implement the project – including staffing and leadership, and operational and fiscal management.
f. Established track record in specific program area or potential to achieve need content expertise.
g. Ability to leverage financial, human and technical resources maximizing the impact of the project and grant.
h. Demonstration and commitment to sustain the project activities, and what significance this grant has in your overall project success.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139356

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum of any single grant award will not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will have twelve months from the date of receiving their grant award to complete their project, depending on the type of grant awarded and scope of the proposed activities. Multi-year commitments will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Eligible applicants include qualified 501c3 organizations and public institutions or other entities (such as schools and school districts) that have a designated charitable purpose.
- Applicants must be Imperial Valley-serving organizations.
- Organizations headquartered outside of Imperial County must demonstrate significant service to the area.
- Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support attempts to address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Guided by the Foundation's core values and bylaws, grants will not be awarded for:
a. Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.
b. Fraternal organizations, unless in support of a specific program open to or benefiting the entire community relevant to this grant.
c. Fundraising events such as annual campaigns, walkathons, tournaments, fashion shows, auctions or dinners, etc.
d. Paying off debts or existing obligations.
e. Endowment funds.
f. Scholarships, fellowships, or travel grants.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, December 1, 2017. Applications must be received electronically by 11:59pm in order to be considered for funding.

Applications must be submitted via the online application portal. IVCF is currently in the process of upgrading and bettering the online application system. The link to the new system will be posted once it is live. The funding source anticipates that this will be by/before Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

See Supporting Documents to download the Request for Proposals (RFP) for full details and instructions. Please note that the RFP as posted shows the original grant application deadline of 11/10/17. A new RFP with the revised deadline will be posted soon.

Applicants may only submit one proposal per grant cycle.

Applications should include information on other sources of funding which have been secured and/or requested to support the proposed project.

Proposals for grants should be submitted via the Foundation’s online application and include a narrative that responds to the information requirement in the RFP.

Supporting documentation (attachments A-G) should be sent to the CEO in Contact Information as a single PDF file.

The announcement and notification of grant awards will take place on or before Friday, December 29, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send completed proposals and requirements electronically in a single PDF file to:
Bobby Brock, IVCF President/CEO
Imperial Valley Community Foundation

Imperial Valley Community Foundation
PO Box 2739
El Centro, CA 92244
(760) 336-0055

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Imperial Valley