Arts, Culture & History, Community Support & Compassionate Care Grant Pathways

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 28, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Santa Cruz County, California

Location of residency: Santa Cruz County, California

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About this funder:



Since 1982, we have had the privilege of stewarding charitable gifts from generous locals who wanted to see our community thrive. Together with our donors, we’ve awarded a total of $90 million to local community organizations to date. In 2019, we will award $2 million in community grants to high-performing nonprofits serving Santa Cruz County, who are aligned with our funding priorities, responsive to the needs of our community, and are making a lasting impact on Santa Cruz County residents and their quality of life.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values drive our actions


  • To bring together people, ideas, and resources to inspire philanthropy and accomplish great things


  • To make Santa Cruz County thrive for all who call it home, now and in the future


  • Accelerating Solutions. Building Trust. Advancing Opportunities.

Arts, Culture & History, Community Support & Compassionate Care grant pathways

The next chance to apply will be in 2020. 

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


  • Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, a project under the fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit, or a public agency;
      • If you have operated for less than three years, approach staff for further direction.
    • Benefit residents in Santa Cruz County, the Summit, or the Pajaro Valley;
    • Include Santa Cruz County residents on their board of directors;
    • Adhere to a board-approved nondiscrimination policy regarding employment, governance, and service; and
    • Have an operating budget greater than $250,000.


  • We don't fund: 
    • Organizations that are not 501(c)(3) Public Charities, with the exception of projects under the fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit, or a public agency.
    • Organizations that discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation.
    • Individuals, except in the case of scholarships and Rydell Visual Arts Fund Fellowships.
    • Religious organizations, except for nonsectarian purposes.
    • Individual (public or private) schools, as distinct from a school district.
    • Partisan political activities.