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
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
Grant Making Strategy
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:
- Strategic Planning
- Organizational assessment and development
- Business plan and/or social enterprise development
- Board development
- Executive transition
- Leadership development
- Staff training and professional development
- Collaboration and/or strategic restructuring
- Coalition building
Emergency Procedures and Continuance of Operations Plans
Computers, networking and data security
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.
Summer Literacy Program Grants
- 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.
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
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
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:
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?
Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017
(Postmarks and incomplete applications will not be accepted).
Richmond Mayor's Community Fund
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.
- 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 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).