Inspire Giving Fund

Inspire Giving was established in 2009 as a program of the Metro Chamber Foundation and is held as an endowment fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The goal of the program is to cultivate and celebrate civic-minded leadership, volunteerism and philanthropic giving in the Sacramento region. 

Inspire Giving's motto is “a little is enough, if enough people do it.” The program celebrates the collective impact of individual contributions. This Request for LOI’s is the ninth solicitation of Inspire Giving and serves as the avenue for the endowment’s ninth award of monetary contributions (up to $10,000), in-kind services and/or volunteer support.

This grant opportunity is closed.

Please note that the requirements articulated below were developed for a previous round of the grant opportunity. Details for future rounds may differ.

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This year, Inspire Giving is looking to support organizations that bring diverse people together to foster improvements in livability and to create a stronger sense of community.  They have selected Arts Engagement as the priority giving area for 2019 in alignment with the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Four Point Business Promise to create a more Vibrant Community.  Arts Engagement proposals can be temporary or permanent in nature and should celebrate and inspire.

Arts Engagement

Proposals could include but are not limited to:

  • Something physical: Propose an art activation, an exhibit, a reimagination of a dilapidated space.
  • Something with people:  Propose an engaging activation to bring diverse people together.  This could be in the form of visual or performance art.
  • Something educational: Propose an activation that draws diverse people into the space, wanting to explore/learn more.
  • Something intermodal:  Propose an activation that engages people from neighborhoods across the city or perhaps one that is mobile.

Proposals should be specific in description and identify 2-3 potential locations for activation.

Activations can be temporary or permanent.

This grant is for new initiatives only. Please note that this is not limited to visual arts. It is open to all arts and creative initiatives.  

To be eligible for consideration, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant agency must have 501(c)3 status;
  • Service area must be within at least one of the six counties (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba) covered by the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation;
  • Applicant agency must have at least two years of operational history with an annual operations budget in excess of $250,000;
  • Applicant agency must have a proven track record and demonstrated success in the focus area listed above; and
  • Must not have been the recipient of an Inspire Giving grant or Leadership Sacramento project since 2012.
Activity Date
LOI Launch December 3, 2018
LOIs Due December 21, 2018 5:00 p.m.
Member Voting Opens January 15, 2019
Member Voting Closes January 29, 2019
Grant Winner Announced  February 1, 2019

Applicants are encouraged to identify their specific need for cash, in-kind services, skilled or unskilled volunteer support, and be as descriptive as possible as to how best to match your organization needs with resources provided by Inspire Giving. Videos submitted should be able to be viewed on their own and provide a clear message. The videos will be circulated to Inspire Giving members prior to voting. For information on the application process, eligibility and to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI), please click the link below and fill out the online form.

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Completed LOIs are due by December 21st at 5:00 p.m.  LOIs will only be accepted through the online system. No paper, emailed or late submissions will be accepted.

For questions regarding eligibility requirements and criteria, please contact Andrea Ellinghouse, Metro Chamber Foundation Program Director, at

For questions regarding the online submission process, please contact us.