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Community Impact Matching Grant

Grants to San Benito County, California Nonprofits
for Programs to Improve the Local Quality of Life

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation for San Benito County (CFFSBC)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofits for programs that improve the quality of life in San Benito County. Funding is intended for capacity building or for projects related to the environment, community enhancement, education and youth, agriculture preservation, arts and culture, economic development, and health and social services.

Proposals of Capacity Building Grants will be given highest priority followed by grants for specific projects in the following Fields of Interest:
- Agriculture Preservation - Supporting programs which sustain our robust farmland, and promoting our agriculture community
- Environment - Supporting programs which promote the best environmental practices for the well-being of our community
- Arts and Culture - Supporting new and traditional forms of visual and performing arts through education and experience
- Community Enhancement - Providing an enduring impact through the civic and historical aspects of community life
- Economic Development - Supporting projects and initiatives that lead to economic growth and prosperity for the community
- Education and Youth - Supporting programs which enhance learning and impact knowledge, skills, and attitudes
- Health and Social Services - Improving health and providing for basic needs and social service programs

All Matching Grant Applications accepted will be fairly evaluated and ranked based upon the most effective use of grant resources with emphasis on community impact, financial leverage, collaboration, and sustainability.

In addition to Capacity Building Grants the Grants Committee will also fund projects which include the following values and criteria:
- Creates a positive impact in areas of demonstrated need within San Benito County
- Supports diversity of the community with fairness and respect
- Addresses significant community issues
- Strengthens organizational capacity and accountability
- Encourages collaboration and coordination of service delivery
- Leverages financial opportunities from other funders and individuals
- Boosts management capacity to execute the project to conclusion with effectiveness
- Provides a concise plan for project evaluation and documented sustainability
- Demonstrates significant financial need and avoids duplication of service

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159367

Estimated Size of Grant:

Matching grants do not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants who are awarded a grant during the first grant cycle must apply for their funding by October 31, 2019. Matching grant awards will expire if not funded by the deadline specified.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations located in and/or serving San Benito County may apply.

In general, CFFSBC will not fund the following:
- Organizations that discriminate by age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation
- Programs that benefit a specific individual
- Fraternal or service organizations, unless in support of specific programs open to or benefiting the entire community
- Salaries or operating expenses of schools, government departments and agencies or related organizations
- Nonprofit organizations that spend more than 25% of their revenue on management, overhead, or fundraising costs
- Fundraising events such as annual campaigns, walk-a-thons, tournaments, fashion shows, dinners, and auctions
- Private foundations or fundraising organizations
- Organizations and programs designed to support political activities
- Organizations located outside San Benito County unless for a specific program benefiting residents within San Benito County
- Pay off existing obligations or enable funding of reserve accounts
- Endowment funds
- Scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and academic, technical or specialized research
- Programs that are completed or nearly completed
- Applications for grant requests that far exceed a reasonable proportion to the applicant’s financial scale
- Organizations that are not run or governed by a responsible group of at least four persons
- Routine funding that others can or will do
- Failure to provide follow-up reports or comply with requirements of prior grants
- Requests greater than 50% of the proposed project/program budget

Pre-Application Information:

The Community Foundation has established two Grant Cycles for 2019.

First Grant Cycle:
- Period Opens: Friday, February 15, 2019
- Application Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019
- Decisions Announced: Friday, July 5, 2019
- Funding Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Second Grant Cycle:
- Period Opens: Friday, August 2, 2019
- Application Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019
- Decisions Announced: Friday, December 20, 2019
- Funding Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020

It is recommended to submit a Grant Application as early as possible in the grant cycle.

Printed forms will be accepted if the applicant is unable to submit electronically.

All applicants are requested to submit a completed Matching Grant Application, including proof of grant applications submitted to at least two other funding sources.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit your Grant Application to Gary Byrne at

Community Foundation for San Benito County
829 San Benito St #200
Hollister, CA 95023

Ph: 831.630.1924

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