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.

ABOUT OUR GRANTMAKING

Our Strategic Initiative grantmaking seeks out programs that address the desired outcomes for our Strategic Initiatives. With a combination of commissioned and competitive grants, we aim 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.

Whether working to foster a thriving cultural community, expand equitable access to higher education, or create a more healthy and accessible food system, we encourage grantseekers who have explored our Strategic Initiatives and are interested in partnering with the Foundation to make a measurable difference in some of this community’s toughest issues to register on our Grants Registry to be alerted when we announce funding opportunities related to a relevant initiative. You may also review some of our previously awarded Strategic Initiative grants.

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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Finally, 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.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE GRANTMAKING

Transforming the Creative Economy
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
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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ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch
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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Benson Fund for Senior Services in Placer County
Benson Fund for Senior Services in Placer County

The James & Virginia Benson Memorial Fund for the Elderly of Placer County assists organizations in Placer County with a focus on providing assistance and services to seniors.

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Inspire Giving Fund
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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Whitney Pinkerton Fund
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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Gloria Burt Sacramento Region Arts Fellowship
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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APPLYING FOR FOUNDATION GRANTS

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