Santa Cruz Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations serving Santa Cruz County to apply to its competitive grant round.

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2021 through November 19, 2021.

Requests up to $5,000 will be considered.

Proposals must fall within established guidelines; only one application will be accepted per organization.  The grant period is for one year: December 1, 2021 – November 30, 2022. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Santa Cruz County. The organization must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  1. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Santa Cruz County. The use of a fiscal agent is permitted.
  2. The organization must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability. In the case of nationally-sponsored organizations, no portion of the grant can be used to support the national, state or regional entity.
  3. The proposed program must directly benefit people living in Santa Cruz County.
  4. Grants are generally not made to individuals, for profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, individual schools or for sectarian purposes.
  5. The grant period is one year in duration. An agency must be current in all reporting requirements to CFSA and its affiliates to be eligible.
  6. Awards made by the foundation’s various grant panels support organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities or delivery of programs and services on the basis of Race, Religion, Gender or Gender Identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), Gender Expression, Sexual orientation, Age, Ancestry, Citizenship, Ethnicity, Familial Status, Socioeconomic Status (economic circumstances), Color, Creed, Sex (including pregnancy), Phases of Parenthood, National Origin, Marital Status, Veteran Status (past, current or prospective service in the armed forces), Genetic Information, Physical Characteristics or Appearance, Mental or Physical Disability, Any other status prohibited by applicable law.

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted through an online process with Common Grant Application. We strongly encourage you to review the tutorial video which contains important information on how to register/login and submit an application.  To view the video: click here.

First-time users of Common Grant Application: click here. If you have already applied for a grant using Common Grant Application, you should have an account.  Returning users click here.

Who We Are

An affiliate of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Santa Cruz Community Foundation (SCCF) is a permanent charitable resource that was founded in 2001 by area residents to empower their community to invest in itself. SCCF assists Santa Cruz County to prepare for the future by strengthening the community through the awarding of scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations.

As SCCF’s umbrella organization, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment – which includes assets earmarked for Santa Cruz County – and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever.