CFSCC Community Grants - Spring Cycle

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, Applied 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:



Our New Mission, Vision, and Values Drive Our Actions

Our vision is to make Santa Cruz County thrive for all who call it home, now and in the future.

Our mission is to bring together people, ideas, and resources to inspire philanthropy and accomplish great things.

Our new strategic direction is rooted in three values driven actions we prize most highly: accelerating solutions, building trust, and advancing opportunities. We’ve committed to seven new principles to create solutions and be an effective partner with you.

Alignment with Community Indicators

Along with the City and County of Santa Cruz and others, we are a member of the Collective of Results and Evidence-based (CORE) Investments Network, a partnership of organizations and individuals taking collective action to improve conditions that affect individual and community health and well-being. Aside from a funding model used by public agencies, we’re attracted to it as a movement to align efforts, examine inequities, and address disparities. Find more resources related to the CORE Investments, Conditions & Indicators here. Of the seven CORE Conditions, we are focusing on the following community issues. These align with the areas where an abundance of our available funds are dedicated: youth development and education, career pathways, seniors, and end-of-life care.

  • Health and Wellness: Optimal physical, mental, social-emotional, behavioral, and spiritual health across the lifespan.
  • Lifelong Learning & Education: High-quality education and learning opportunities from birth through the end of life.
  • Economic Security and Mobility: Stable employment, livable wages, food security, ability to afford basic needs, wealth accumulation, and prosperity.
  • Social, Cultural & Civic Connections: A sense of belonging, diverse, inclusive neighborhoods and institutions, vibrant arts and cultural life, and the power of civic engagement.

Note on housing & shelter: We also support indicators aimed at safe, healthy, affordable, and accessible housing. Our primary strategy in this area is use of Impact Investment loans.

Note on the environment: For funding priorities related to environmental work, we have aligned our efforts with the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County. Please review the strategies, services and indicators referenced here.

Priority Areas

  • To increase awareness and access to services that improve the well-being of individuals and families across all ages and social conditions.
  • Special consideration will be given to support systems for seniors and preparing children and youth for college and career pathways.
  • For funding related to environmental work, see priorities here

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.