Buck Education Grant Program of Yolo Community Foundation

The Yolo Community Foundation (YCF) Buck Education Grant Program is in its third round of grant funding to support new or existing education efforts in Yolo County that can scale over the course of a two- to three-year period. An affiliate of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (the Foundation), the mission of YCF is to inspire and support giving and to provide philanthropic leadership in Yolo County.

Grant requests of any amount up to $10,000 will be considered. 

Applicant organizations must:

  • Maintain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally-sponsored by an organization that meets this requirement

  • Work  in Yolo County in the field of early childhood and/or K-12 education

  • Have a current profile on the region’s nonprofit database, GivingEdge, or agree to submit a profile as a grantee (applicants may still apply for funding without a profile; grantee profiles must be complete and submitted prior to the first progress report deadline)

YCF Buck Education Grants will fund a variety of projects and activities within the field of early childhood and K-12 education in Yolo County. The Foundation seeks to fund projects or programs that create a path to sustainability and allow for scaling up. 

We will consider proposals for innovative education programs that relate to the following:

  • Increasing literacy and supporting reading at grade-level
  • STEM-related education
  • Arts education
  • Early childhood education
  • Encouraging parent engagement

We will not accept proposals for:

  • Annual appeals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Funding for individuals
  • Sponsorships
  • Scholarships

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

Proposal Request/Program Description:

  • Describes a plan for sustainability and growth of the project
  • Reflects a clear purpose and meets the mission of your organization
  • Incorporates clear and measurable project objectives and activities
  • Possesses a strategy for measuring outcomes and benchmarks for achieving objectives
  • Includes a detailed budget that reflects the project in a realistic and fiscally judicious manner
  • Demonstrates fiscal responsibility

Prioritization - the YCF Buck Education Grant Program prioritizes grants that address the educational needs of:

  • Low-income students
  • English-language learners

The YCF Buck Education Grant Program accepts proposals in October for programming in 2019. Please see the timeline table below.


September 20, 2019

Deadline to submit proposals

October 28, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

Awards announced

December 2019

Apply now!

Proposals will only be accepted through our online application. No email or paper applications will be accepted.

For question regarding content (narrative/budget questions) or other inquiries regarding the Buck Education Grant Program, please email YCF at info@yolocf.org.

For information regarding the application process, including the online system or timeline, please contact us.