HAF: Consulting Grants

Humboldt Area Foundation

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Next deadline: Sep 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2020, Mar 1, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

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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Fund Description

The Consulting Grant is a program of Humboldt Area Foundation’s Rooney Resource Center. As with other Resource Center services, the Consulting Grant is available to organizations and community groups serving Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Curry Counties. 

The Consulting Grant is a small grant program which provides organizations with one-on-one technical assistance with a consultant of their choice. Consulting Grants focus on organizational development and strategy to strengthen nonprofit effectiveness in order to have a greater impact in your community work. Generally, organizations may only apply for a Consulting Grant up to once per year. 

Grants may include, but are not limited to, working with a consultant on:

  • Planning, Problem Solving & Solution Creating: Strategy, Fiscal, Business, Capital, Feasibility, Fundraising, Communications, Organizational Meltdowns; 
  • Community or Constituent Engagement: Involving those you serve in problem solving, program planning, development and evaluation; 
  • Building or Increasing Effectiveness of Partnerships, Collaborations or Mergers ;
  • Increasing Equity and Inclusion in Organizational Policy, Process, or Structure;
  • Assessments: Organizational, Operational, Fiscal, Programmatic;
  • Evaluation ;
  • Financial Management, Strengthening Fiscal Systems;
  • Dissolution ;
  • Training & Leadership Development: Board and Staff Development or Executive Coaching ;
  • Succession Planning ;
  • Human Resources & Personnel Issues.

HAF encourages applicants to discuss their technical assistance needs with Program Manager for Nonprofit Resources before submitting a proposal. Prior to applying for TAP, organizations should also contact the consultant of their choice to discuss their needs. If you need a list of local consultants, please ask Resource Center staff. Please submit a proposal from the consultant you plan to work with including expected hours, fee, and scope of work. 

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


  • Applicants must be nonprofit charitable or public benefit (federal tax exempt) organizations, public schools, government agencies, Indian tribal governments or have a qualified fiscal sponsor. 
  • Organizations working in the following ways will be considered for TAP: 
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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


  • Generally, TAP does not assist with website development or social media strategy.
  • HAF will not consider consultant fees greater than $250/hour