HAF: Community Grants Program

Humboldt Area Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 1, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in California: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Trinity County, Curry County, Oregon

Location of residency: Counties in California: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Trinity County, Curry County, Oregon

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About us

Our Mission: Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.

Humboldt Area Foundation believes in communities where everyone has access and opportunity, where everyone feels that they belong, and where residents work together to craft and implement solutions to local challenges.

Fund Description

This program responds to pressing, community-identified needs and aims to strengthen communities' abilities to work together to improve the lives of people in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Curry counties. 

Program Details

Two types of grants are offered: One-Year Responsive and Two-Year Grants. HAF expects to award 10-15 grants annually, including up to 3 two-year awards. We generally receive approximately 45 proposals for this competitive grant program.

HAF awards up to a total of $100,000 per year in through this grant program. Most awards will range from $5,000- $10,000, however we will also make a very limited number of $15,000-$20,000 grants.

One-Year Responsive Grants

These are the most common grants that awarded through the Community Grants Program. HAF will consider requests for general operating support, programs, projects, collaborations and organizational capacity building.

Two-Year Grants

Two year grants are considered when the proposal meets multiple funding priorities and a two-year grant will support strategic shifts or opportunities such as

  • bridge funding where a grant from HAF could support an organization while they secure additional known resources, or while an organization develops and executes a plan to scale down;
  • leveraging resources to strengthen or grow the capacity of an organization, collaborative, program or initiative;
  • developing new innovative approaches through pilot programs or further developing programs already in existence.

HAF will typically award up to three of these grants each fiscal year. Applicants are encouraged to have a recent strategic plan or equivalent (within the last three years) which supports the current vision of the organization with evidence that staff, board, and other stakeholders (if applicable) were involved in the process. Completion of a strategic plan will not guarantee funding although it will strengthen the competitiveness of an application.

Funding Priorities

We seek to fund applications which meet one or more of the funding priorities listed below. Applicants who meet multiple priorities may have an increased chance for funding.

1. Addresses a pressing community issue

  • Improves areas such as health, wellness, creativity, culture, education and/or economic security
  • A diverse cross section of people identify a need or issue in their community as important and are coming together to create solutions around that issue

2. Makes use of collaborative relationships and partners

  • Proposal includes local expertise, leadership, youth community partners, funders, and/or businesses
  • This may include but is not limited to the development of leaders’ abilities to build bridges between people of different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs

3. Improves quality of life

  • Improves community member’s well-being by removing barriers that are based on social, economic or racial factors
  • Increases access to tools, resources or opportunities for those experiencing disparities to enable full participation in their communities
  • Engages people directly impacted by a particular issue so that their experiences and knowledge shape the organization’s or project’s understanding of related needs, opportunities, and solutions

4. Integrates and promotes leadership skill development for youth and residents

  • Strengthens the skills and abilities of residents, groups and organizations to identify, analyze, collaborate, and solve pressing community issues

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


  • Minimum Qualifications
    • All proposals must demonstrate alignment with Community Grant funding priorities (see above).
    • All proposals must serve/support communities in the Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Curry County region.
    • Nonprofits with a tax exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue or public schools, government agencies, Indian Tribal Governments; or community groups with a qualified fiscal sponsor.


  • Organizations with grant reports past due to the Humboldt Area Foundation are not eligible to apply.
  • Grants will not be made for the deferred maintenance or annual operating costs of public institutions, churches, and services of special tax districts, government or cemeteries.
  • Grants will not pay for expenses that have already been incurred prior to grant award.
  • The Community Grants program is not a source of ongoing annual funding.
    • HAF usually does not support the same request twice.
  • Activities Typically Not Eligible for Community Grant Funding
    • Explicitly applying for any of the following is discouraged:
      • Events or sponsorships (either one-time or annual)
      • Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments
      • Re-granting purposes
      • Research or scholastic inquiry
      • Religious activities
      • Civil disobedience, protest, non-violent resistance or litigation
      • Capital projects (construction of buildings)*
        • *On very rare occasions the Community GrantProgram may considerfunding capital projects. Potential applicants are encouraged to speak with a Program Manager prior to starting a proposal.
      • Direct support of individuals
      • Paying off deficits or existing obligations

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