Joseph & Vera Long Foundation Grants

Joseph & Vera Long Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $200,000

Next deadline: Jul 27, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Feb 24, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project, Research

Location of project: Hawaii, Counties in California: Alameda County, Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Note: Applications due in February are for requests for $50,000-$200,000 only. Applications  due in July are for requests for $10,000-$49,000 only. 


Originally established in 1966, The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation is a private, family foundation that provides financial support to qualified not-for-profit organizations working to improve the communities of Northern California and Hawaii.

The Foundation targets funding opportunities in the fields of conservation, education and healthcare.


The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation envisions a society that preserves the natural resources of the world; creates opportunities for children and youth to thrive; provides adequate care for the afflicted; and supports women. In line with this vision, the Foundation contributes financial support to not-for-profit organizations involved with conservation, education and healthcare in the communities of Northern California and Hawaii. 

Our primary approach is to invest in organizations that are dedicated to strengthening and supporting the community and committed to the responsible and efficient use of the Foundation's assets. The Foundation periodically approves large, multi-year strategic grants that are focused on achieving a specific, defined impact. These grants are made at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and may not be solicited. The Foundation also makes responsive grants that aim to meet the needs of the community. 


The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to protect the natural environments of Northern California and Hawaii by supporting well-established organizations actively working to promote ecological integrity.

For 2019, the Foundation will have the following grant program for the environment:

  • Habitat Conservation - Protecting and restoring habitat areas for wild plants and animals, especially conservation reliant species, to prevent their extinction, fragmentation or reduction in range.​

The Foundation is no longer seeking funding opportunities in the areas of access to public lands or scientific research unless they are considered a fit with our Habitat Conservation grant program. Prospective grantees seeking support for environmental education programs should consider our Education grant program for Connecting Youth with Nature.

Habitat Conservation

The future of our planet depends greatly on the choices that we make today. This is especially true for the threatened and endangered species that inhabit Northern California and Hawaii. Failing to manage the impacts of human activity on the functioning ecosystems of our world will endanger hundreds of endemic species of mammals, reptiles, plants, fish and birds. This will affect biodiversity and cause irreversible damage to the natural balance.

This outcome can be avoided. Wide social change, innovation and time will be required to overcome the many issues that threaten wildlife. However, even if we are successful in our efforts to control invasive species, limit climate change and reduce pollution, we won't avert the extinction of many animals and plants if we fail to protect and restore the critical habitats that still exist today. 

Preventing natural habitat from being destroyed, fragmented or degraded provides the elemental space for vulnerable species to recover, stabilize, expand and ultimately thrive. By protecting our wetlands, conserving our watersheds, restoring our coral reefs and managing our forests, we are taking the critical first steps to avoid habitat loss and preserve the essential resources that are needed for life. 

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation aims to make significant contributions to collaborative efforts to manage, improve and preserve critical terrestrial and marine environments, with a preference for preservation in perpetuity.

By supporting the best set of partner organizations and projects, we will ensure that rural spaces of high conservation value are safeguarded and that ecologically important habitats are cared for.

Some examples of the types of projects that we are looking to support include (but are not limited to):

  • Land acquisition
  • Conservation Easements
  • Restoration Work
  • Stewardship of Natural Habitat (such as reefs and rivers)

For all Environment grants, we will continue to value projects that offer tangible results, matching funding, innovation, a balance of idealism with pragmatism and a response to the needs of the local economy and community. Preference will also be given to projects that catalyze additional support and conservation-related activities ancillary to the project's primary focus.


The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to enhance education in the communities of Northern California and Hawaii by supporting well-established organizations which help children and young adults prepare for their futures.  

Starting in 2019, the Foundation will introduce the following new grant programs for Education:

  • Connecting Youth with Nature - Experiential learning about the natural world which fosters stewardship for the environment and promotes wellness, health and community.
  • Fostering Creativity Through the Arts - Growth, learning and development through the visual, literary and performing arts which stimulate creative expression and imagination, promotes independent thinking, and develops critical thinking and problem solving skills for life.

These targeted grant programs will replace the more broad approach that has been in place since 2011. We are no longer seeking funding opportunities in the areas of core curriculum enrichment, innovation in teaching, career cultivation or educational services for students with special learning needs unless they are considered a fit with either of our two, new grant programs.

We will continue to value innovation, measurability, cost effectiveness, broad impact, diverse funding/revenue streams and time-limited projects for which fundraising can be completed with our contribution.

Connecting Youth with Nature

"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it." 

- David Sobel

We recognize that growing up in today's world is very different from the past. Screens dominate our children's attention, busy schedules lead to more rushed meals of high-calorie, processed foods and less time is spent outdoors than ever before. The percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s and it is estimated that as many as 1 out of 5 children experience a mental disorder in a given year.  

Connecting with nature can improve our children's physical, mental and emotional health. Studies show that spending time outdoors fights obesity; lowers blood pressure; increases levels of Vitamin D; improves memory, concentration and creativity; decreases myopia; and reduces inflammation and asthma. It also reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Furthermore, children who play regularly in natural environments have more advanced motor skills, such as agility, balance and coordination, and are sick less often. They are more empathetic, less likely to engage in bullying and develop stronger awareness, reasoning and observation skills.

As recent times have shown, natural resources that were once considered to be protected can become at risk if future generations have different values. Children who grow up having regular contact with the natural world are more likely to develop a lifelong love for nature and care to preserve it.

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to support organizations that provide meaningful, hands-on experiences for school age children and young adults to learn to appreciate and connect with nature.

By funding the best set of programs and projects, we aim to ensure that more youth will have positive experiences which deepen their respect for nature, influence how they value natural resources, and improve their physical and emotional health.

Examples of the types of programs that we are looking to support include:​

  • School Field Trips
  • School Gardens
  • Family Camps
  • Family Activities
  • Conservation Career Cultivation & Training
  • Outdoor Wilderness Programs
  • School & Summer Camps
  • Scouting
  • Programs which bring nature to the classroom

​Grants will be made for:  

  • Program Costs
  • Capital Improvements
  • Capacity Building
  • Supplies
  • Discounted Tuition
  • Transportation/Access

Fostering Creativity Through the Arts

"Music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." 

- William Bennett

Over the last thirty years, we have witnessed a disturbing trend in our public schools. Budget constraints have led to Arts programs being scaled down or even eliminated altogether. This has been happening throughout the country, but the negative impact is greatest in low-income communities.  

Through the arts, children learn valuable life skills that guide them to becoming engaged, creative and innovative thinkers. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, verbal skill, cognitive ability and critical thinking. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. According to a report by the Rand Corporation, art education does more than just give students a creative outlet. It can actually help connect them to the larger world, ultimately improving community cohesion. 

If underprivileged students are going to be prepared for the future, they will need the 21st century skills that can be learned via visual, literary and performing arts. Moreover, studies have shown that greater arts education leads to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates and test scores. As stated by the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, "Arts education enables those children from a financially challenged background to have a more level playing field with children who have had those enrichment experiences.'' In addition, National Endowment for the Arts supported research has shown that students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to achieve key positive outcomes - academically, socially and civically - compared with their peers who lack access to arts experiences.

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to support school programs and organizations that provide access to tools, materials, support and guidance, classes and instruction for creative expression.

By giving underprivileged youth access and opportunities to participate in visual, literary and performing arts we will equip them with a creative edge, support academic success across school curriculum and contribute to their development into caring, educated and innovative adults.

Examples of the types of programs that we are looking to support include:

  • School Arts Programs
  • After-school Arts Programs
  • Community Arts Programs

Grants will be made for:

  • ​Program Costs
  • Capital Improvements
  • Capacity Building
  • Materials/Supplies
  • Discounted Tuition.


The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation aims to improve the well-being of the residents of Northern California and Hawaii by supporting, strengthening and enhancing programs and organizations that address the unmet health and healthcare needs of the most vulnerable members of the community.

This year, the Foundation will have the following grant programs for Health:

  • Maternal Healthcare Access & Education - Improving the availability of essential reproductive healthcare services for women in low-income communities.
  • Promoting Healthy Aging Through Social Connection - Enhancing the health and well-being of community-dwelling older adults by reducing social isolation.
  • Legacy Healthcare Grants Program For all Health grants, the Foundation targets funding opportunities with realistic goals and diverse funding streams. Preference will be given to organizations that emphasize measurable effectiveness and demonstrate a commitment to promoting health equity.

Maternal Healthcare Access & Education

"You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you."  

- Author Unknown

For many women, bringing a new life into the world is a very positive and fulfilling experience. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially for women living in low income, at-risk communities, where they are more likely to experience heightened levels of stress, fear and anxiety while also facing higher risks of complications, morbidity and even mortality. In our country that spends approximately $98 billion annually on hospitalizations for pregnancy and childbirth—higher than any other country in the world, maternal death rates related to pregnancy and childbirth continue to rise. Furthermore, research has shown that African-American women are roughly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in all other racial/ethnic groups.  

According to the World Health Organization, about half of all maternal deaths in this country are preventable. Improving access to a full range of high quality and affordable reproductive health services can make a difference. Data indicates that in the United States, women without health insurance are 3-4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications. Increasing the availability of updated and accessible reproductive health information can also make a significant impact. Prenatal care programs play an important role in alleviating risk factors and improving pregnancy outcomes. Yet, due to lower levels of education and language barriers, immigrants and Hispanic women are at higher risk than white or black women for receiving little to no prenatal care.  

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to support organizations that work to eliminate health disparities by providing education about, and access to, essential maternal health care services.

By subsidizing effective programs and providing timely contributions for larger capital projects, we aspire to increase the number of women who receive adequate reproductive healthcare services in Northern California and Hawaii.

Examples of the types of outreach that we are looking to support include (but are not limited to):​

  • Birth Control and Family Planning
  • Prenatal Care
  • Midwifery and Doula Care
  • Postpartum Care
  • Perinatal Mental Health Resources
  • Lactation Support

​Grants will be made for:  

  • Program Costs
  • Capacity Building
  • Discounted Access to Services
  • Capital Improvements

Promoting Healthy Aging Through Social Connection

"We don't heal in isolation, but in community." 

- S. Kelley Harrell

Social connection is critical to the health and well-being of older adults. And yet, one in every six older Americans feels isolated, with more than half of them being chronically lonely. The health impact of social isolation is as significant as high blood pressure, obesity, and lack of exercise, resulting in as much as a 50% increase in early mortality, equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Groups of older people at particular risk for social isolation include those who are unmarried, live alone, lack a reliable source of transportation, have limited English proficiency, care for disabled family members, or lack information about or access to available community resources.

While there is limited awareness of the extent of this problem, there are model programs and effective solutions that can ameliorate social isolation. Part-time employment and volunteer roles help older adults stay active, remain socially engaged, feel needed, and have a sense of meaning in their lives. Telephone and online interventions can be just as effective as in-person contact for reducing loneliness. Group support programs enhance problem-solving skills, decrease stress, increase knowledge about available services and improve social and psychological well-being.

If we can make community social programs more available, more accessible, more appropriate (e.g., culturally relevant) and more welcoming, we can help foster social connections for older adults, reduce social isolation and improve the quality-of-life of our community's most detached and vulnerable elders. 

The Foundation seeks to support organizations that provide seniors with opportunities for productive engagement and social connection and that develop effective solutions to the issue of social isolation.

By helping existing programs and promoting innovations, we aim to ensure that targeted groups of older adults become more socially connected, supported and engaged in their communities; this will lead to improved health and well-being.

Examples of the types of programs that we are looking to support include:​

  • In-Home Visits
  • Telephone Support
  • Peer Group Support
  • Community Social Networking
  • Transportation & Technology Facilitation
  • Community Social & Educational Programs
  • Part-time Employment
  • Senior Volunteering

​Grants will be made for:  

  • Program Costs
  • Capacity Building
  • Discounted Access to Services
  • Capital Improvements

Legacy Healthcare Grants Program

"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." 

- Edward Stanley

Since its founding, The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation has supported many different organizations offering compassion and working to improve healthcare in our community. This has included extensive funding for pharmacy, medical research and patient care.

While our organization is working through a process to re-focus our grant making, we will continue to consider funding opportunities in the following areas for 2019:

  • Needed Health Support Services
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Healthy Eating

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


  • Eligibility Requirements: In order to apply for a grant, an organization must be recognized by the IRS as being described in Section 501(c)(3) and 509 (a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, and be invited by the Foundation to submit an application.
  • Geographic Focus: Grants will be awarded for selected projects that benefit the communities of Northern California or Hawaii.


  • For all grants, the Foundation prefers new, innovative projects which will be completed with the Foundation's contribution.
  • Habitat Conservation
    • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate some of the following:
      • ​Time-limited projects
      • Overlooked opportunities
      • A clear notion of what is at risk
      • Projects addressing habitat loss affecting multiple conservation reliant species
  • Education
    • Preference will be given to organizations with high outreach to underprivileged youth and families. 
  • Healthcare
    • As in previous years, preference will be given to time-limited projects with diverse funding and development campaigns for which fundraising can be completed with our contribution.
  • Preference will be given to programs and organizations with a high outreach to community-dwelling, low-income seniors.


  • RFIs will not be accepted:
    • for the support of solely religious, sacramental or theological functions
    • in support of political bodies or campaigns
    • to individuals or foreign organizations
    • for loans or the payback of debt
    • for covering operating deficits
    • for purposes of memorializing an individual
    • if an organization has already submitted an RFI within the same calendar year
  • Health:
    • We are no longer seeking grant opportunities for Aging with Dignity; Active Living; Advancing Patient Care and Medical Treatment Through Research and Innovation; Improving the Quality of Life of Those Afflicted by Life-limiting Disease or Conditions; or Training and Support for Caregivers.