Our Grants

Helping the Sacramento region thrive

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.


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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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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Our Capacity Building Micro Grants swiftly support organizations pursuing capacity-related projects that will greatly impact their ability to serve the community.

Capacity Building Micro Grants
To  help nonprofits develop the skills, tools, and resources to respond to their communities' needs—and their organizations' needs—quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
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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.

Gloria Burt Sacramento Region Arts Fellowship
Artists are investing their talents in the Sacramento region every day. They are developing original work, provoking thought, bridging communities, inspiring connections to commerce and telling our stories for future generations. The Gloria Burt Sacramento Region Arts Fellowship is investing in these artists.
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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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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