Grants for Community Development and Entrepreneurship; Immigrant Issues and Human Rights & Environmental Conservation

The Firedoll Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Mar 31, 2025 (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $30,000

Fields of work: Economic Services & Development Social Justice / Human Rights Entrepreneurship Immigrant Services Community Development & Revitalization Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice & Advocacy Brain Injuries Peacebuilding Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in California: Alameda County; Contra Costa County Other eligible locations: Palestine, State of; Hawaii; Counties in California: Alameda County; Amador County; Butte County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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The Firedoll Foundation is a private family foundation founded by two unrepentant liberals from the 60's who still believe in the motto, "If you are not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." 

Focus Areas

We fund in five different focus areas: Community Development and Entrepreneurship, Immigrant Issues and Human Rights, Environmental Conservation, the Peace Process in the Middle East, and Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Community Development and Entrepreneurship

We believe that government has largely abdicated its responsibility in the area of community development. Although non-profit organizations should not be in the position of having to fill the gap, they are. Funders must step forward and provide them with support.

We focus our resources on supporting non-profits that work with vulnerable populations through safety-net services, reentry programs, entrepreneurship, and workforce development in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Immigrant Issues and Human Rights

Immigration is a continuing source of vitality and rejuvenation of American society. We reject the anti-immigrant hysteria that swept the United States in the 1990's, bringing with it the detention of thousands of immigrants.

We support projects that provide alternatives to detention and advocate on behalf of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. We are especially inclined to support organizations providing legal aid to immigrants in detention, facing deportation, and/or seeking asylum. We make grants to human rights projects on behalf of vulnerable populations whose basic rights are being sacrificed by repressive governmental or religious policies or for the sake of global economic interests.

The geographic focus for the immigration program area is Northern California, with an emphasis on Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Environmental Conservation

We have a sense of urgency about the state of the planet and the web of life of which we are all a part. As a result, we support a variety of approaches to preserving the environment, including legal action, environmental justice advocacy, scientific inquiry, and direct action.

We are particularly interested in projects involving regional cooperation and those that combine conservation with environmentally sustainable development, giving local people a stake in conservation. In the Western United States we restrict our grantmaking to Northern California. We give grants on a range of issues from protection of old growth forests and rivers and the preservation of endangered species to pesticide reform and community action for clean air and water.

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  • What we fund:
    • 501(c)(3) organizations 
    • Non-private foundations under Section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) 
    • Fiscally-sponsored organizations are welcome to apply
    • Projects in our Focus Areas
    • Projects in our Geographic Areas
    • Capital campaigns (rarely)
    • General support (existing grantees)
    • Research directly supportive of currently funded projects


  • Projects with clear, discrete deliverables at the end of the grant year are the strongest contenders


  • What we do not fund:
    • Individuals
    • Organizations with budgets less than $150,000 dollars
    • General support for first time applicants
    • Most Research 
    • Education
    • Wild animal rescue and rehab
    • Climate Change
    • Pet rescue and rehab
    • Community leadership development
    • Youth development (other than aid for emancipated foster youth)
    • Internationally (except for Middle East Peace and an occasional grant in Environmental Conservation - the organization must be based in the U.S.)
    • In San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, or San Mateo County (except for Traumatic Brain Injury)
    • Films, videos, documentaries, books, websites, other media
    • San Francisco Bay restoration and conservation projects
    • Start-up or seed funding for organizations or projects new to Firedoll Foundation 
    • Large-scope, long-term initiatives (we prefer discrete projects with concrete end-of-year deliverables)
    • Wordy, jargon-laced, over-packed proposals
  • We do not fund environmental education.

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This page was last reviewed April 03, 2024 and last updated April 02, 2024