PCF Capital Grant Program

Pasadena Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $25,000

Deadline: Jul 30, 2020 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: Los Angeles County, California

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About this funder:



PCF’s grant programs impact our community by providing support to nonprofits serving our area. Through a competitive grant making process, PCF identifies and funds worthy projects and programs that advance our directive of addressing “current needs unmet and future needs unforeseen” in Pasadena.

Pasadena Community Foundation’s Capital Grant Program has been established to support agency capital needs for significant capital projects or important equipment purchases. Lower priority will be given to requests for capital purchases that should typically be a routine part of your organization’s annual operating budget, such as periodic replacement of office equipment.

The purpose of the Capital Grant is to make a significant contribution towards a tangible and enduring (useful life of at least 3-5 years) capital need.

The Pasadena Community Foundation helps donors maximize the impact of their charitable contributions — strengthening the community, preserving cultural resources, and assisting those in need.

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


  • Grants may be made only to tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or 170(c)(1) or (2)(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • An organization must have been in existence for at least two years (based on date of IRS determination letter) and have achieved a record of effective service and sustainability.
  • The applicant organization must be in and provide significant service to the area defined by the boundaries of the Pasadena Unified School District (Pasadena, Altadena & Sierra Madre).
  • Any equipment or capital refurbishment paid for with PCF grant funds must specifically serve Pasadena area residents.


  •  We encourage the use of Pasadena area vendors when appropriate.


  • Funding is not available on a retroactive or reimbursement basis.
  • None shall be made to Private Foundations under Section 509(1) of the Code.
  • The Foundation will not make capital grants for or to: 
    • Direct aid to individuals.
    • Retirement of debt or costs of capital items already acquired.
    • Influencing legislation or elections.
    • Individual public schools or their support and activity groups.
      • This includes, but is not limited to PTA/PTO, sports teams, music programs, or booster clubs. PCF only supports PUSD schools through the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF).
    • Private educational institutions, preschool, K-12, college or vocational institutions. PCF will, however, consider funding of non-public schools primarily serving special needs population or a diverse socio-economic or disadvantaged population.
    • Sectarian religious organizations or churches. 
    • Agencies not engaged in the actual performance of direct services to individuals consistent with PCF purposes.
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
    • Building improvements of leased property.
  • A grantee with an “open” grant will not be eligible for new funding.
  • Grantees who have not complied with previous grant deadlines and reporting or submission of receipts may not be eligible for new grant consideration.