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Grant Seekers

In order to create and sustain strong, healthy cities, community foundations must demonstrate active leadership, anticipate community needs and respond quickly to socio-economic trends. In response to the dramatic shifts due to the economic downturn, the Richmond Community Foundation is focusing our philanthropy in support of non-profit organizations who are working to significantly improve the lives of Richmond residents.

RCF offers a variety of assistance to nonprofits through grants and other resources. We're here to support the organizations that make our community a better place to live.

In order to be eligible for an RCF grant, the organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or have a fiscal agent that is; 
  • Provide current IRS 990 tax filings, financial statements or audit
  • Providing services to Richmond residents
  • Provide a list of the Board of Directors
Restrictions:
The Richmond Community Foundation does not make grants in support of individuals, for political campaigns or lobbying efforts, for businesses established for personal gain or profit, to support annual fund drives, capital campaigns, to fund an agency's deficit or endowment, to repay loans, to pay for expenses incurred in the past, or for the direct support of religious activities. Secular activities offered to the community that are provided by religious organizations regardless of congregational membership or statements of belief may be eligible for grant funds. 
 
Organizations may submit only one proposal per grant deadline. In addition to requesting funds for its own purposes, organizations may also act as fiscal agents for no more than one additional group. 
 
Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports. 
 
What does RCF look for in a Grantee?
RCF looks for strong partners whose core mission aligns with our goals and priorities. We are looking for nonprofits that: 
  • Base their programs on research about what works
  • Actively collect information about the results of their programs
  • Systematically analyze this information
  • Adjust their activities in response to new information
  • Operate with an absolute focust on producing results

For more information, please contact Monica Lazo, Director of Grants Management at (510) 234-1200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grant Making Strategy

Capacity-Building Grants

The Richmond Community Foundation focuses on nonprofit capacity building as a way to strengthen nonprofits and our community as a whole and enhance the effectiveness of our organizations. Nonprofit capacity building is the improvement of capabilities, knowledge or resources, so an agency can achieve its mission more effectively. 

RCF's grant-making strategy has provided more than $200,000 in capacity-building grants of up to $5,000 per organization in the following categories:

• Mission, Vision and Strategy: 
    • Strategic Planning
    • Organizational assessment and development
    • Business plan and/or social enterprise development
• Governance and Leadership:
    • Board development
    • Executive transition
    • Leadership development
    • Staff training and professional development
• Strategic Relationships:
    • Collaboration and/or strategic restructuring
    • Coalition building
• Internal Operations:
    • Human Resources
    • Emergency Procedures and Continuance of Operations Plans
    • Volunteer management
    • Financial management
    • Facility Planning
    • Computers, networking and data security
    • Fundraising/Grant Writing
    • Marketing and Communications
    • Web design and Development

The goal of our capacity-building strategy is to strengthen the nonprofit sector serving Richmond residents and to enhance the effectiveness of our community organizations.

To learn more about our capacity building grantees, visit our Previous Grant Awards page.

Richmond Community Foundation is not currently offering Capacity-Building Grants.  We are evaluating the impact of our grantmaking program. Please see other funding opportunities below. 
 

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Summer Literacy Program Grants 

The West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition and the Richmond Community Foundation, with generous support from the Hellman Foundation and the Ed Fund, are pleased to announce a Summer Literacy Grant Opportunity for grants ranging from $5,000-10,000. The purpose of these grants is to support the growth of summer literacy programs in West County by:
  • Creating a literacy component in existing summer programs
  • Creating slots for, and ensuring that, an additional 1,000 students enroll in summer literacy programs in West Contra Costa County

These grants will support a comprehensive plan to ensure that all children will read on grade level by the end of the 3rd grade.

Background
Summer learning loss, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. For many young people, the summer “opportunity gap” contributes to gaps in achievement, employment and college and career success.
 
A Needs Assessment conducted in 2016 by the West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition shows that out of the approximately 10,280 children ages 0-9 in Richmond who are in need of quality summer literacy programs, less than 1,700 children have access to them. The Literacy Coalition has identified summer learning as one of the largest needs in our community. Their goal is to support an additional 1,000 children to enroll in high quality literacy programs in summer 2017.
 
How to Apply
Complete applications are to be submitted by email to Monica Lazo, Director of Grants Management at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by US mail to Richmond Community Foundation, Attn: Monica Lazo, Director of Grants Management, 1014 Florida Avenue, Suite 200, Richmond, CA 94804

Questions
For questions about Summer Literacy Programs*, contact Shabnaz Yousefia, Director of Community Engagement This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (510) 234-1200, ext 305. For applicaton questions please contact Monica Lazo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *Note- all questions must be received before April 19, 2017. 

 

Applications must be received by 5:00PM on Friday, April 21,2017
(postmarks will not be accepted).

For more information or to download application click here


Family Reading Celebration Grants

In partnership with the Thomas J. Long Foundation, the Richmond Community Foundation is offering grants for Summer Family Reading Celebrations which support the West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition’s comprehensive plan to ensure that all children will read at grade level by the end of the 3rd grade. These grants target parents and their children between the ages of 0-8 that reside in Richmond, North Richmond, San Pablo, and the surrounding communities in West Contra Costa County.
 
Summer Family Reading Celebrations build literacy rich environments, create interactive experiences for children and their families, and remove barriers to reading by providing access to books over the summer. Programs serving children 0-8 in these communities are invited to use Summer Family Reading Celebrations as a way to share the joy of reading with children and their parents, and keep kids learning over summer break.
These mini-grants are a great way for your community program to:
  • Foster a love of reading in children
  • Engage families and share strategies for reading together at home
  • Give every child their own books to keep
Grants ranging from $500 - $1,000 will be awarded to eligible projects that present a clear and compelling case for funding. Awards will be made for Summer Family Reading Celebrations taking place from June 1 through September 30, 2017. The number of grants available will be determined based on the amount of each award.
 
Nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and groups with a fiscal sponsor are invited to apply for grants to cover Summer Family Reading Celebrations expenses such as books, food, presenter fees, raffle prizes and other incentives. Applicants should consider the number of program participants while developing the budget.
 
Applications must be received by 5:00PM on Monday, May 1, 2017
(postmarks will not be accepted).
 
For more information or to download application click here
 
 
To learn more about the Summer Literacy Grantees, visit our Campaign for Grade Level Reading Page.
 

UC Berkeley Richmond Community Partnership Fund

2017-18 Grant Opportunity

Background
The Richmond Community Foundation is managing the UC Berkeley Richmond Community Partnership Fund grant program in partnership with the University and an advisory board made up of campus and community leaders. The Partnership Fund supports projects and programs that establish, extend, or strengthen collaborative partnerships between the University and the Richmond community. The Partnership Fund seeks to enhance the quality of life for people who live in Richmond by connecting the university’s energy and resources with those of the community.
 
The University committed to developing the Partnership Fund in April 2014 and expected it to grow with the development of the Berkeley Global Campus. While the development of the Global Campus has been indefinitely suspended, the Chancellor’s office is pleased that up to $95,000 is available for this one-time grant cycle of the UC Berkeley Richmond Community Partnership Fund

The Partnership Fund Grant
The Partnership Fund’s one-time grants will be designed to catalyze collaborative efforts between a local Richmond Community Partner and a University Partner to improve the quality of life in Richmond by addressing critical needs in the following thematic areas:

  • Education and Youth Development
  • Economic Development
  • Arts, Culture and Place Making
  • Environmental Sustanaibaility and Climate
  • Public Health
 
How much is available?
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 will be awarded to eligible projects that present a clear and compelling case for funding. Funds should be spent by summer of 2018, or within one calendar year. The number of grants available will be determined based on the amount of each award.

Who can apply?
All applications must include a Richmond-based and/or Richmond serving Community Partner as well as a University Partner.

The Community Partner, or Applicant must either be tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations or arrange for an eligible 501(c)(3) organization to serve as a fiscal sponsor. In the latter case, written confirmation on letterhead by the 501(c)(3) organization of its willingness to act as fiscal agent is required.

All projects or programs must be Richmond-based or Richmond-serving. Projects or programs can benefit a specific population of Richmond residents or a specific neighborhood. For the purposes of the Partnership Fund, Richmond is defined as the City of Richmond and/or unincorporated North Richmond.

Read the complete grant guidelines here

How to apply?
Please complete the attached application. You can answer the questions on the application itself and return it to the Richmond Community Foundation by email to Monica Lazo, Director of Grants Management at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by US mail or drop off to: Richmond Community Foundation, Attn: Monica Lazo, Director of Grants Management,1014 Florida Avenue, Suite 200, Richmond, CA 94804. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is received by the deadline.

Application materials include:
Grant Guidelines
Grant Frequently Asked Questions
Grant Application
Budget Worksheet

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017
(Postmarks and incomplete applications will not be accepted).

Questions?

Download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here. For questions about the grant application or to request assistance, please contact Mónica Lazo, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (510) 234-1200. If you need assistance with a UC Berkeley partner or project idea, contact Ruben Lizardo atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (510) 643-5296 or Jen Loy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (510) 642-7860.

Richmond Mayor's Community Fund

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The Richmond Mayor's Community Fund is a component fund of the Richmond Community Foundation. It has been established to support community needs not otherwise met by the City or other funders. A steering committee of community representatives has decided to continue the focus of supporting Richmond's Youth Athletic Teams and Leagues for 2017.

The Richmond Mayor's Community Fund is currently accepting grant applications for 2017. These grants will be given solely to youth sports teams and leagues in Richmond, California. These teams include traditional team sports such as football, baseball/softball, basketball, soccer and swimming, as well as martial arts and dance. The grants can be used for general operating support as well as capacity-building programs, such as purchasing team uniforms, training for coaches, travel for team members, etc.

Grant criteria
Organizations submitting requests for grants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a non-profit 501(c)3, or partner with a 501(c)3 organization that serves as a fiscal sponsor.
  • The sports program or organization is Richmond-based and a majority of participants are Richmond residents.
  • Programs and projects cannot be school- or school district-based sports programs.
  • Program or organization is a youth sports team or league as described above.
How Much is Available?
Grants will be awarded in the range of $500 to $3,000. Please note that the committee will seek to award the optimal amount of funding to grant recipients so the average amount will likely be less than $3,000. An organization may receive only one grant within a twelve month period.

How to Apply:
Please complete the application and return it to: Richmond Mayor's Office, Attn: Alex Knox, Chief of Staff, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, Richmond, CA 94804, by 5:00 pm on March 31, 2017 (postmarks will not be accepted).

Richmond Mayor's Community Fund Application

For additional information, please contact Monica Lazo at the Richmond Community Foundation at (510) 234-1200, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Address:
1014 Florida Ave, Ste 200
Richmond, CA 94804

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