2019 Community Giving Initiative

WOW! Thank you West Contra Costa community members!

With your help these past two weeks, we were able to identify 50 eligible non-profit organizations to invite to our Community Giving Initiative annual grantmaking process — more than 50% growth over last year!

This community-driven grantmaking aims to support exemplary, youth-serving organizations that may fall outside of our foundation’s primary funding areas, but that share our vision for a thriving, vibrant West Contra Costa community. This year, we raised the individual grant limit to $15,000, and we are excited to gather applications from the many youth-serving organizations making a difference in our community.

At CFF, we know it takes a robust ecosystem to provide our young people with everything they need to succeed in school and beyond. Our Community Giving Initiative is one way we recognize and support these efforts each year.



Frequently Asked Questions

+ What happens after I nominate an organization?

After you nominate an organization, CFF will verify eligibility and invite eligible organizations to apply via email. This invitation includes all the application materials and specific instructions about how to submit an official Community Giving application.

+ How will CFF make a decision about which organizations will receive funding?

CFF will evaluate each organization’s strengths and overall impact (as described in their application materials) as well as the organization’s potential to use grant funds to make an even greater positive impact on the youth it serves. Among other considerations, the CFF team will use its Community Giving Rubric to guide its funding determinations.

+ I’m a nonprofit worker. Can I nominate my own organization?

While you are not allowed to nominate your own organization, we encourage you to invite others in your network to nominate your organization if they wish. 

+ When will I know if the organization I nominated received an award?

We will announce our Community Giving Initiative grant recipients on Tuesday, December 3. An announcement will be posted on our website under Foundation News and on our Facebook page. We will send an announcement to our Newsletter subscribers as well.