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Community Grants Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
for Community Improvement in Eligible Counties

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Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF)

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Grants averaging $5,000 to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations, schools, and agencies in eligible counties to address pressing community issues and to improve the quality of life in the area. Proposals must support communities in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Curry Counties.

Two types of grants are offered: one-year responsive and two-year grants.

One-Year Responsive Grants
These are the most common grants that awarded through the Community Grants Program. HAF will consider requests for general operating support, programs, projects, collaborations, and organizational capacity building.

Two-Year Grants
Two year grants are considered when the proposal meets multiple funding priorities and a two-year grant will support strategic shifts or opportunities such as i) bridge funding where a grant from HAF could support an organization while they secure additional known resources, or while an organization develops and executes a plan to scale down; ii) leveraging resources to strengthen or grow the capacity of an organization, collaborative, program or initiative; iii) developing new innovative approaches through pilot programs or further developing programs already in existence.

HAF will typically award up to three of these grants each fiscal year. Applicants are encouraged to have a recent strategic plan or equivalent (within the last three years) which supports the current vision of the organization with evidence that staff, board, and other stakeholders (if applicable) were involved in the process. Completion of a strategic plan will not guarantee funding although it will strengthen the competitiveness of an application.

The Foundation seeks to fund applications which meet one or more of the funding priorities listed below. Applicants who meet multiple priorities may have an increased chance for funding.

1. Addresses a pressing community issue
2. Makes use of collaborative relationships and partners
3. Improves quality of life
4. Integrates and promotes leadership skill development for youth and residents

For more on Funding Priorities, see the Guidelines and Proposal Instructions:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166710

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HAF expects to award 10-15 grants annually, including up to 3 two-year awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000; however, the Foundation will also make a very limited number of $15,000-$20,000 grants.

Term of Contract:

Both one-year and two-year grant terms are offered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits with a tax exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue or public schools, government agencies, Indian Tribal Governments; or community groups with a qualified fiscal sponsor.

Organizations with grant reports past due to the Humboldt Area Foundation are not eligible to apply.

Grants will not be made for the deferred maintenance or annual operating costs of public institutions, churches, and services of special tax districts, government or cemeteries. Grants will not pay for expenses that have already been incurred prior to grant award.

Explicitly applying for any of the following is discouraged:
- Events or sponsorships (either one-time or annual)
- Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments
- Re-granting purposes
- Research or scholastic inquiry
- Religious activities
- Civil disobedience, protest, non-violent resistance or litigation
- Capital projects (construction of buildings)*
- Direct support of individuals
- Paying off deficits or existing obligations

*On very rare occasions the Community Grant Program may consider funding capital projects. Potential applicants are encouraged to speak with a Program Manager prior to starting a proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Upcoming deadlines are February 1 and August 1, 2019. Community Grants are highly competitive. Speaking with a Program Manager prior to submitting a proposal is recommended.

Notification of awards typically occurs 10 weeks after the application deadline.

The Community Grants program is not a source of ongoing annual funding. HAF usually does not support the same request twice.

If no funding has been secured or no local support is evident, applications may not be as competitive. Proposal budgets may include the value of in-kind support (donated goods or services). Clear budgets are crucial to the success of your application.

Contact Information:

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

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Humboldt Area Foundation
Community Grant Program
363 Indianola Road
Bayside, CA 95524

Amy Jester, Program Manager

Sara Dronkers, Program Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Curry Counties;   Oregon