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Grants to California Nonprofits
to Benefit Local Residents

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Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF)

Deadline Date:

05/15/21 5:00 PM PT


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations to benefit local residents in eligible counties. Focus areas include the provision of assistance to women and children, care and treatment for needy children, and projects to benefit wheelchair users. Eligible organizations must operate in Riverside and/or San Bernardino Counties.

The mission of Inland Empire Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves. Field of Interest funds are restricted to a specific program area or geographic area. Those restrictions are made by the fund donors. The size of the grants varies based on the asset size of each fund. When a field of interest fund benefits a specific community, a local advisory committee may be asked to review grant proposals and make funding recommendations.

The current Field of Interest funds are:

  • Irene S. Rockwell Fund - Benefits the residents of the city of Perris. 
  • Seraphim Fund - Aids women and children, including the economically disadvantaged, victims of domestic abuse, and those suffering from physical or mental illness or substance abuse. 
  • Fred and Eva V. Stebler Fund - Provides funds for the treatment and care of indigent children in Riverside County, with a strong emphasis on children with special needs.
  • James Bernard and Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund - Benefits wheelchair users (ADA compliance projects are eligible).

Grantmaking Objectives:

  • Maximize resources and efficiency through collaboration
  • Promote values of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency
  • Increase community involvement and volunteerism
  • Support early intervention and prevention of social problems

For funding priorities and projects that will be given preference, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173482

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Irene S. Rockwell Fund: Average grant is $2,000.
- Seraphim Fund: Average grant is $10,000.
- Fred and Eva V. Stebler Fund: Average grant is $10,000.
- James Bernard and Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund: Average grant is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is for one year, starting August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nonprofit, public benefit corporations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation. Public agencies (in limited circumstances) may apply.
- Nonprofit organizations that can document on-going operations in Riverside and/or San Bernardino Counties and have nonprofit status per above for at least three years.
- Past grantees must be in good standing, and have fulfilled all previous grant obligations.

These types of expenses are not eligible for funding:
- On-going operating expenses
- Paying off deficits or existing obligations
- Retroactive funding for costs already incurred
- Endowment, capital or annual fund appeals
- Capital projects (construction of buildings)
- Sectarian programs or fraternal organizations
- Direct support of individuals
- School/college-based extracurricular activities
- Research or development activities
- Partisan activities
- Event sponsorships
- Re-granting purposes

Pre-Application Information:

- Opening Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021, 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time
- Closing Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Late applications will not be accepted, regardless of the reason (computer problems, power outages, internet connectivity issues etc.), so plan to fill in and “Submit” the application well in advance of the deadline.
- All applicants will be notified of the results in writing no later than August 1, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Irene S Rockwell Online Grant Application:

Seraphim Online Grant Application:

Fred Stebler & Eva V Stebler Online Grant Application:

James Bernard & Mildred Jordan Tucker Online Grant Application:

Celia Cudiamat, Senior Vice President, Grants and Community Impact
951.241.7777 extension 114. Contact Celia Cudiamat through the Contact Form on the URL for Full Text.

Coachella Valley Office
41-550 Eclectic Street
Palm Desert, CA 92260

San Bernardino Office
198 N. Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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