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2018 Community Enrichment Grants

Grants to Mendocino County, California Nonprofits, Schools,
and Tribes for Programs that Benefit the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/08/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from 3,000 to $10,000 to Mendocino County, California nonprofits, school districts, tribes, and special districts for programs that develop healthy communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational workshop, held on October 6, 9, 13, and 20, 2017.

The Community Enrichment Grant program supports community-based projects that are consistent with the Community Foundation’s vision. These include projects that protect and advance the unique sense of place and natural environment found in the county, as well as projects that increase opportunities for people of all ages to lead healthy lives and to work, learn, create, contribute, and prosper.

Priority will be given to projects that fit the applicant’s mission, expertise, and long-term goals; advance the Community Foundation vision; benefit the general public, or a significant subgroup of the population; or bring the applicant organization to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity positioning it to more effectively and/or efficiently fulfill its mission in the future.

Proposals may include projects in one of the following funding areas:
- Sense of place: including but not limited to community centers, communityenhancing projects, and the preservation of community heritage and history.
- Environment: including but not limited to land conservation, open space, and environmental education.
- Healthy Communities: including but not limited to health and safety, volunteer emergency services, senior programs and services, youth activities, garden projects, parks and trails, poverty programs, and alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention.
- Economic and Leadership Development: including but not limited to programs that encourage entrepreneurship, workforce readiness, and volunteerism.
- Education: including but not limited to libraries and education programs in schools and community settings.
- Arts and Humanities: including but not limited to art in public places, programs that encourage art in community institutions (community centers and schools), and “art for art’s sake.”

Types of funding are as follows:

1. Program proposals will be stronger to the extent the program has a “multiplier” effect (e.g., funds that are used to improve education and also spur economic vitality of the community). Strong proposals will show that organizations are working in the context of the larger community and developing connections between diverse elements of the community. Priority will be given to expanding/developing programs (pilot programs) and programmatic grants for services that may be in jeopardy of funding cuts. This can include one-time operating expense assistance (bridge funding) with compelling organizational circumstances, distinct timeline, and plan for fund development in the future. Applicants collaborating with other organizations to provide programs will need a letter of support from the partner group(s). For example, if offering an educational program in classrooms you will need a letter from the school.

2. Capacity-building projects/administrative grants must demonstrate how they will position the organization to more effectively and/or efficiently fulfill its programmatic goals in the future.

Examples of eligible capacity-building activities include:
- Collaborating with other organizations to improve services or eliminate duplication;
- Strengthening governance, leadership, or staff expertise;
- Restructuring business models and accounting practices to improve financial stability;
- Building and diversifying revenue streams;
- Developing and implementing long-term strategic plans;
- Refining communications, marketing, and outreach;
- Improving volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement; and
- Pursuing opportunities to share space, equipment, or other administrative costs.

3. Capital projects are limited to assisting with the initial design/plans or with the final phases of fundraising for building and renovation. Applicants must own the land/building and have investigated the necessary permits. A description and budget for the overall capital project is required in the application.

4. Equipment and technology projects must demonstrate how the equipment will increase the organization’s ability to advance its mission. Software, apps, or website development costs are considered equipment projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163059

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Range of individual grant awards: $3,000 – $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Community Enrichment grant should be concluded by April 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must:
- Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
- Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor.
- Two full fiscal years of operational history;
- Be governed by a volunteer board of directors that is representative of the community and comprised of at least 5 unrelated members with diverse areas of expertise;
- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation;
- Have submitted required final reports for all prior Community Enrichment grants from the Community Foundation;
- Not have an active Community Enrichment Grant. An exception may be made in small school districts, tribes, and special districts, as well as for organizations that serve as the umbrella for multiple programs, and acquiring separate 501(c)(3) status for each would be impractical. These organizations may submit one application each year as long as it is not for the same program/school.

Applicants may not use grants for:
- Influencing legislation and/or elections; promoting voter registration; political candidates and/or political campaigns; organizations whose primary purpose is to influence elections/legislation;
- Litigation;
- Federated appeals or organizations that collect funds for redistribution to other nonprofit groups;
- Religious organizations for religious purposes;
- Sports team travel, class trips, and similar expenses;
- Non-specific requests for large capital projects (proposals for specific portions of capital campaigns are welcome);
- Normal operating expenses or purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions;
- Animal welfare projects that do not include a human welfare component;
- Sponsorship of school assemblies and other one-day events (unless clear long-term impact);
- Trips and/or conference attendance;
- Individuals, including scholarships for individuals; and/or
- Underwriting/sponsorship of performances or fundraising events.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Community Enrichment Grant Information Workshops. Program Officer, Holly Madrigal, will offer an interactive opportunity to learn about the online grant platform and answer questions. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops.

- Willits: October, 6th, 12:00-1:00 (brown-bag lunches welcome), Willits Center for the Arts, 71 E. Commercial St., Willits.
- Ukiah: October 9th, 12:00-1:00 (brown-bag lunches welcome), Community Foundation of Mendocino County Community Room, 204 S. Oak St., Ukiah.
- Fort Bragg: October 13th, 12:00-1:00 (brown-bag lunches welcome), Fort Bragg Library, 299 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg.
- South Coast: October 20, 12:00-1:00 (brown bag lunches welcome) Point Arena City Hall, 451 School Street, Point Arena.

Each workshop will be followed by an optional technical assistance workshop from 1:00-2:00:

Protecting Your Organization – Internet Security Basics by Tom Jacobsen.
A presentation on simple steps and tools to better protect organizations; including sharing examples of ransomware, hacking and other cyber security problems that have affected local and neighboring non-profits. Tom will provide an overview and specific tasks such as:
-Frequent back-up’s to the Cloud and hardware devices.
-Information on free software tools to assist. Password Protection, such as LastPass.
-Setting up a VPN to protect against WiFi threats in public spaces.

Both workshops are offered at no cost to participants. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant proposal submission deadline is 5:00 pm on December 8, 2017. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 5 days in advance of the December 8, 2017 deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen Internet connectivity issues.

Applicants with uncompetitive proposals after the initial round of review will be notified no later than February 7, 2018. Those who make it to the second round of review may expect a site visit in late January or early February. Notification and awards will be made by March 16, 2018. Community Foundation Board of Directors will present award checks at regional check receptions in late April and early May 2018.

Please note the following special requirements for equipment grants. An organizational match is required on a tiered basis:
- 5% for equipment purchases $3,000 - $5,000;
- 15% for $5,000 - $7,999;
- 25% for equipment projects $8,000 - $10,000.

In-kind donation of labor for the equipment installation does not satisfy the match criteria. Additionally, product specifications and cost estimates as they are known at the time of the application are required.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Holly Madrigal, Program Officer

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 S. Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Mendocino County