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Avila Beach Community Foundation (ABCF) Grant

Grants to California Organizations to Benefit
Residents and Visitors of the Avila Beach Community

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Avila Beach Community Foundation (ABCF)

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Grants to California organizations to benefit residents and visitors of the Avila Beach community. Funding is intended to support projects that focus on improving the cultural, social, and physical, well-being of those living in or visiting the Avila Beach community. First time and repeat applicants are viewed equally, and the “Foundation” may give more weight to requests for a “matching grant.”

The goal of the Foundation is to finance enhancement projects in one of three ways:

  • Minor Grants: Projects usually requiring funding of less than  $5000.
  • Major Grants: Projects or programs seeking funding of $5,000-plus.
  • Sponsored Grants: The Foundation would provide a matching allocation for this type of project and co-sponsor the project for funding by an external entity.

The Board of Trustees will give favorable consideration to projects that meet all or most of the following criteria in some measure:

  • Improvements in the physical, cultural and social well being of the residents and visitors of the Avila Beach Community.
  • Enhancements beyond the services normally expected to be provided by the government and private agencies.
  • Reflect the history and culture of the Avila Beach Community
  • Have the support of a cross-section of Avila Beach residents and visitors
  • Provide for permanent improvements
  • Pre-existence of all elements of a successful project (e.g. leadership, responsibility, expertise, commitment, organization, etc.)
  • Pre-existence of any governmental support essential to the project
  • Ability and authority to satisfy any conditions established by the Foundation
  • Ability to fully accomplish the project within the proposed funding without expectation of additional funding

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145452

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded on a year-to-year basis only. Projects take place during the ensuing calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations in Avila Beach and interested parties are invited to submit requests.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline is Monday, September 16, 2019

The Foundation accepts applications for the funding of grants each year from July through September for projects to take place during the ensuing calendar year. The Board of Trustees review grant requests and determine recipients each fall. Funding of smaller projects may occur other times throughout the year outside of the grant-making process and calendar.

Important: Five years ago the “Foundation” introduced a new practice designed to help organizations further develop and strengthen their sustainable donor bases by offering a financial incentive. Under this scenario, only new, one-time, or seed money requests may receive 100% of the amount approved by the “Foundation” without a matching gifts requirement. Previous grant recipients who have been funded for three years or more may receive only 75% of any grant awarded, or up to 125% of the allocated award if NEW recipient donors match the remaining 25%. For example, if a $10,000 grant is requested and awarded, the first $7,500 does not require a match. If the grantee secures $1,250 in NEW matching contributions, the Foundation award rises to $8,750 which coupled with the $1,250 brings the total amount received to $10,000. If grantee secures $2,500 in NEW matching contributions, the “Foundation” award rises to $10,000 which coupled with the $2,500 in matching gifts brings the overall total received to $12,500. That’s a 25% bonus above the $10,000 grant request!

Matching contributions guidelines:
Grant recipients wishing to take advantage of the matching component are encouraged to reach out to new donors who may be enticed by the prospect of seeing their contribution(s) doubled in value. A list of the names of matching donor(s) and amount(s) given must be provided to the Avila Beach Community Foundation before grantee is issued the grant award. Matching donations can be applied to the grant anytime during the first nine months of the grant project year – in this case between January 1 and September 30. In lieu of seeking individual matching contributions, the recipient agency may choose instead to hold a special event designed to raise the match total, but should first confer with the “Foundation”.

Questions about the grant matching contributions requirements should be directed to Foundation Executive Director Rick Cohen.

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

Submit the completed application form as follows:
-One hard copy mailed to PO Box 297, Avila Beach, CA. 93424
-One electronic version e-mailed to:

Rick Cohen
Executive Director

Avila Beach Community Foundation
PO Box 297
191 San Miguel Street
Avila Beach, CA 93424-0297

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