San Francisco Bay Area Program

The Christensen Fund

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in California: Alameda County, Colusa County, Contra Costa County, Lake County, Marin County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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As an institution that celebrates diversity, The Christensen Fund is delighted to be headquartered in San Francisco. The Bay Area is a kind of Pacific cultural crossroads and is a place renowned for it’s forward thinking explorations of systems and of holistic thinking, of diverse identities and human creativity. And of course, we are surrounded by landscapes and seascapes of incredible power and beauty. In the midst of this richness, we can never forget the scale of environmental and cultural abuses which have characterized the settlement of Northern California, and the many ongoing and unresolved issues, including the lack of recognition and territorial rights of the Indigenous Ohlone, Coastal Miwok, Wappo and Pomo Peoples on whose ancestral lands we live and work.

Primary Themes

Bay Area Native Peoples and Landscapes: This program has developed a suite of efforts to support local Indigenous groups to reconnect and restore their relationships with their historic and ancestral territories and cultural sites as well as to sustain and revitalize their cultural identities and traditions across generations. Grants also assist local Indigenous communities to inform the people now living in the Bay Area of these histories and of the continuing, and blossoming, Indigenous presence.

Building Understanding and Engaging Communities: Many of the institutions in the Bay Area – universities, museums, arts centers, NGOs, start ups, maverick think tanks, film festivals, botanic gardens and the like – are pioneering exploration of different dimensions of the changing connections between biological and cultural diversity and of course, this being California, of identity and self-expression.  We provide a few small one-time grants to initiate and support such efforts or to support wider Bay Area engagement in in reflection on these ideas.

Geographic Focus

Grantmaking efforts prioritize projects that are located in or that directly benefit the Bay Area.  We are defining the Bay Area in a variety of ways. For the Building Understanding and Engaging Communities programs, we are using the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). For the Bay Area Native Peoples and Landscapes program, the borders will be more flexible and encompass the areas traditionally inhabited by the Pomo, Wappo, Miwok and Ohlone Peoples with an understanding that these boundaries are often fluid and often negotiated.

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  • Grant-seeking organizations need to be US 501(c)(3) or a similar not-for-profit organization, government unit, university or museum either in the USA or in another country.
  • Grants within the regional programs are generally directed to organizations based within those regions or, where appropriate, to international organizations working in support of the efforts of people and institutions on the ground.