Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants

Clif Bar Family Foundation

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Next deadline: Jun 1, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2021 8:59pm PDT, Feb 1, 2022 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: Approximately US $7,000

Fields of work: Renewable/Sustainable Energy Food Access & Hunger Agriculture Land/Habitat Conservation Education Art & Culture Environmental Contamination & Pollution Nutrition & Healthy Eating Environmental Conservation Waste Management Green Economy & Jobs Farms & Farming Climate Change Resilience Air Quality Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water Parks & Public Spaces Water Resource Management Real Estate & Housing Pedestrian & Bike-Friendly Infrastructure Green Infrastructure Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Our Mission

Clif Bar Family Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen our food system and our communities, enhance public health, and safeguard our environment and natural resources.

Our Priorities

The Foundation takes a "holistic and interconnected perspective" when considering funding the following priorities:

  • Protect Earth's beauty and bounty by:
    • Preserving wild places and backcountry
    • Reducing waste and advancing renewable energy
    • Keeping climate action on the front burner
  • Create a robust, healthy food system by:
    • Expanding organic food and farming
    • Reconnecting our farms to our families
    • Safeguarding the seeds we depend on
    • Rolling back hunger and malnutrition
  • Increase opportunities for outdoor activity by:
    • Conserving open spaces
    • Developing pedestrian and bike friendly towns and cities
    • Enabling more Americans to enjoy nature
  • Reduce environmental health hazards by:
    • Improving air quality
    • Cleaning up our water supplies
    • Reducing other exposures to toxic materials
  • Build stronger communities by:
    • Supporting effective innovation in education
    • Creating safer, healthier housing
    • Generating green jobs and small businesses
    • Increasing youth access to arts and culture

Celebrating Interconnections

Many of the Foundation’s priorities are deliberately interconnected. These connections enable us to achieve a core set of goals through numerous routes. By addressing one of our priorities, we can advance efforts in one or more of our other priority areas, leveraging the Foundation’s resources in the process. For example:

  • A healthier food system improves our air and water quality, creates safer communities and fights climate change by keeping carbon and nitrogen in the soil and reducing the use of petrochemical-based farm inputs.
  • Preserving our wild, open places offers us opportunities for vigorous outdoor activity in clean air and water without leaving a large footprint on the land.
  • Reducing waste and advancing renewable energy conserves resources, reduces the threat of climate change, improves air and water quality, and creates green businesses and jobs.
  • Identifying environmental sources of chronic illnesses, such as breast cancer, can pave the way for action to shift toward organic farming and reduce our reliance on nonrenewable, polluting fossil fuels.
  • Bike and pedestrian routes build stronger, healthier communities by creating more green jobs and reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions, and air pollution.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects.
  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) non – profit organization or be fiscally sponsored by a non -profit organization.
  • Your project must have a distinct mission with measurable goals and objectives.


  • Priority is given to applicants that:
    • Address our funding priorities from a holistic perspective
      • Protect Earth's beauty and bounty.
      • Create a robust, healthy food system.
      • Increase opportunities for outdoor activity.
      • Reduce environmental health hazards.
      • Build stronger communities.
    • Operate with clearly defined objectives and viable plans to achieve them.
    • Demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level.
    • Promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process.


  • Areas not funded:
    • Individuals
    • State agencies
    • Religious groups
    • Seminar, media, or fundraising events (e.g., "Fun Runs") that are not an integral part of a broader program
    • Capital construction
    • Endowment funds
    • Deficit funding
    • For national organizations with local chapters, we fund either the national organization OR the local chapter located in Northern California.


This page was last reviewed April 16, 2021 and last updated April 16, 2021