California Grant Resources

The golden state’s nonprofit sector is an economic force to be reckoned with, and has historically led the nation in championing social change. Not surprisingly, California’s funding sources are as widespread and diverse as the state itself. A brief overview of the funding landscape shows that corporate grants, foundation grants, and government grants exist in abundance.

California is also home to many centers and institutions which serve the nonprofit community in a multitude of ways—like us! The Grantsmanship Center is based in Los Angeles, and we’re proud to regularly offer our grant proposal writing courses to our statewide community. If you want to learn how to get nonprofit funding in California, consider these three steps.

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Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018 Grantsmanship Training Program Los Angeles
Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018 Competing for Federal Grants Los Angeles
Dec 3 - Dec 7, 2018 Grantsmanship Training Program Los Angeles

 

 

CALIFORNIA FUNDING SOURCES
CALIFORNIA RESOURCES & TOOLS

From Humboldt County to San Diego and everywhere in between, California is rich in nonprofit grant funding sources. Unlike many other states, you don’t have to live in a major city like San Francisco or Bakersfield to win nonprofit grants. Wondering how to get funding? You’re in the right place! We’ve compiled the best available resources to aid in your search for nonprofit grants in California.

A leader in the statewide nonprofit landscape is the California Association of Nonprofits, which supports an expansive range of advocacy tools, nonprofit services, and collaborative opportunities. If you serve Los Angeles County and are in need of grant proposal training, look no further than Project Grantsmanship- our grant proposal writing workshop for LA nonprofits is underwritten by Los Angeles foundations. Want to learn more about government nonprofit funding but can’t visit Sacramento, the state capital? Use the Find Your Representative search tool to determine your elected official, and visit their website for information about state government grants.

Below, you’ll find a list of California grant resources organized by geographical area. This is an ever-evolving list so please tell us about resources we’ve missed so we can include them. Thanks!

 

General California Resources

- League of California Community Foundations

- California Grant Watch

- Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership

- CalVolunteers

- California Strategic Growth Council

California Chamber of Commerce

- US Senator for CA Dianne Feinstein

- US Senator for CA Kamala Harris

- Office of Governor Jerry Brown

- California Office of the Attorney General

- California School Based Health Alliance

- Full Cost Project

- California Arts Council Grant Programs

 

Northern California Grant Resources

- Northern CA Grantmakers

- Compass Point

- Rose Foundation (for Communities and the Environment)

- Silicon Valley Community Foundation

- The San Francisco Foundation

- The Impact Foundry

- Spokes

 

Southern California Grant Resources

- Socal Grantmakers

- San Diego Grantmakers

- YNPN LA

- USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

- Annenberg Alchemy

- Taproot Foundation

- Community Partners

- Center for Nonprofit Management

- CSUN’s Valley Nonprofit Resources

- LA District 9 Councilman Curren D. Price, JR.

 

Inland Empire Grant Resources

- Inland Empire’s Nonprofit Resource Directory

- The Community Foundation

- United Way of the Inland Valley Grants

- Inland Empire Women’s Business Center

- Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce

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Good Work Requires Strong Infrastructure

Almost every nonprofit wants grant funding. And why not? Grants are a great resource for powering your organization’s work forward, but the infrastructure to support grant acquisition and management is commonly neglected. Large nonprofits, hospitals, and educational institutions typically invest in infrastructure to support the grants process, but in small and mid-sized nonprofits, grants work is commonly catch-as-catch-can, with various staff members taking on roles that can be matched with their skills and squeezed into their workload.

Program Start-Up Demands

When you win a major grant award, a tsunami of demands roars in with the money and all too often your buoyant “we won” high sinks beneath the stress. Project start-up is tough, and careful management is critical. The first step in avoiding mistakes is to fully grasp the importance of this stage in the life of the grant. Experienced administrators know start-up is a make-it or break-it time. Here are a few tips for a full-throttle blast off to a successful grant-funded program.

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The field of grant development is dynamic. The basic elements of a strong proposal don’t change, but the environment in which funding decisions are made is in constant flux. The trends below remain current. Although not new, they point towards grantseeking realities we’ll be contending with over the coming year.

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