Immediate Need Grantmaking

Supporting vital community needs as they arise

Our Immediate Need Grants program allows the Foundation to be nimble in responding to time-sensitive needs throughout the Sacramento region. These grants are meant to respond to critical needs and opportunities, supplementing the Foundation's grantmaking that is directed by donors and those that we direct to support our four Strategic Initiatives. Our Immediate Need Grants reflect the diversity of urgent needs in the Sacramento region, and address them quickly.

Three of our recent Immediate Need Grants illustrate the importance of providing swift and timely responses to community needs: one expanded the local services available to victims of sexual exploitation, another repaired a popular American River Parkway trail that was badly damaged during winter storms, and another provided 2,000 meals to seniors at risk of malnutrition or isolation.

A class at Empower Yolo

A 2016 Immediate Need Grant helped Empower Yolo provide connected health resources and education to Yolo County’s low-income population.

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Since 2015, the highly competitive program received over 350 proposals and awarded more than $540,000 to local nonprofit organizations serving a range of sectors—including health, homelessness and human services, and the environment—in our four-county region.

View the Grants Calendar for upcoming Immediate Need Grants application dates

View the Immediate Need Grants application details


Throughout the year, the Foundation launches competitive grant opportunities to fund the worthy work of local nonprofits. For the most current information for each granting programs, view our Grants Calendar and sign up for the Grants Registry.

View the Calendar and Registry