Our Grants

Helping the Sacramento region thrive

Crocker Art Museum is a recipient of our recent Transforming the Creative Economy grants


Though the majority of our grants are directed to nonprofits by our fundholders according to their own interests, our Foundation-directed grantmaking continues to grow, and we are committed to supporting an array of funding opportunities that serve the diverse needs of our community.

We invite you to browse our Foundation-directed grant opportunities by category below, review our recently awarded grants, and see the grant opportunities that are currently accepting proposals.

Volunteers at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

We awarded Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services a $100,000 grant to strengthen the region's emergency food system, a central tenant of our Connecting the Regional Food Economy initiative.

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Strategic Initiative Grantmaking

Our Strategic Initiative grantmaking seeks out programs that address the desired outcomes for our Strategic Initiatives. These are a combination of commissioned and competitive grants that we announce through Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Our goal is to partner with our Strategic Initiative grantees in a deeper, more sustained manner to maximize our impact together. Consequently, our Strategic Initiative grants are among the larger grants awarded by the Foundation each year.

Transforming the Creative Economy
Through the RFP process, the Foundation is seeking to support projects that address one or more goals for Transforming the Creative Economy initiative.
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Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists
Part of our Transforming the Creative Economy initiative, this grant supports access to performing arts education, training, and apprenticeship and/or internship opportunities for underserved youth in the Sacramento region.
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Immediate Need Grantmaking

Our Immediate Need grantmaking addresses time-sensitive needs or opportunities as they arise in our community. RFPs are issued four times a year and awards average between $5,000 and $10,000. The Foundation defines an immediate need as a gap in funding for a program or service that would greatly impact an organization’s ability to serve the community. An immediate need may also be a funding opportunity that fills a critical need that has arisen in the community or for those being served.

Immediate Need Grants
To address time-sensitive needs or opportunities as they arise in our community.
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Additional Funding Opportunities

Periodically throughout the year, the Foundation offers a handful of grants through competitive opportunities. As with our other Foundation-directed grantmaking, we announce these additional funding opportunities via email through our Grants Registry.

Inspire Giving Fund
From the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, awardees receive up to $10,000 cash in addition to in-kind services through Inspire Giving, the endowment fund of Project Inspire.
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Social Venture Partners – Fast Pitch
The SVP Sacramento Fast Pitch is a two-month training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits effecting change in education in the Greater Sacramento area, culminating in the Fast Pitch Competition and Showcase.
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Social Venture Partners – Investment
The SVP Sacramento Investment opportunity is a yearlong partnership with the potential for multi-year unrestricted funding. 
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Whitney Pinkerton Fund
The purpose of the Whitney/Pinkerton Fund is to award grants of up to $750 for the purpose of adding books to the libraries' general or special collections.
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