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Ocotillo Wind Imperial Valley Fund (OWIVF) Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits and Institutions for Educational,
Health, and Economic Development 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 (OWIVF)

Deadline Date:

06/05/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations and institutions for programs that improve the quality of life for Imperial Valley communities and residents. Funding is intended to support projects that address health and wellness, disaster recovery, civic engagement, emergency preparedness, economic development, youth education, and safety.

Some of the fund’s grant awards may be used to leverage other community resources and build partnerships, which provide sustainable, meaningful and measurable outcomes.

Proposals for this grant opportunity must address one or more of the following priorities in order to be considered for funding:
- Civic Engagement
- Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness
- Economic & Workforce Development
- Health and Wellness
- Youth Education, Recreation and Safety

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

In addition, grant proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis, using the following criteria:
- Clarity of project description, project activities, and steps to be taken to achieve desired outcomes.
- Achievable timeline that corresponds to the key activities.
- Meaningful benchmarks and indicators of success.
- Innovative and effective strategy with potential for systems change and adds value to the community and RFP-field.
- Organizational capacity to implement the project – including staffing and leadership, and operational and fiscal management.
- Established track record in specific program area or potential to achieve need content expertise.
- Ability to leverage financial, human and technical resources maximizing the impact of the project and grant.
- 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 12 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 must be 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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Applications and required attachments must be submitted through the online application system.

Applicants may submit only one proposal per grant cycle. Funding will be determined annually and based upon successful application.

Applications should include information on other sources of funding that have been secured and/or requested to support the proposed project. Applicants may receive a site visit, phone call and/or other type of communication from the Foundation as part of the proposal review process.

Responses to common questions will be developed based on those received by the Foundation, and made available on the Foundation’s website:



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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, please contact Bobby Brock at (760) 336-0055 or email

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Imperial Valley