2019 Community Giving Initiative

Do you know of an impactful, direct-service organization that serves youth in West Contra Costa? Nominate it to receive a CFF Community Giving Initiative grant of up to $15,000!

Submit your nominations by Thursday, October 31!

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.

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.

Help us find who to fund!

Through our unique community nomination process, our team will select up to 25 eligible, local nonprofit organizations for grants up to $15,000 each. We want to leverage YOUR expertise to help us identify high-impact organizations serving West Contra Costa youth. You are invited to nominate organizations that you think we should consider supporting. 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.


DEADLINE TO NOMINATE: Thursday, October 31, 2019

GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

As you nominate a nonprofit, please keep in mind the organization must:

  1. Be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing
  2. Provide direct-service to youth (ages 0-21)
  3. Fall outside of our primary funding areas (Public Schools, Teachers and Education Leaders, Community Advocacy)
  4. Provide services in West Contra Costa (Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, El Cerrito, Pinole, and/or Hercules)

Please note that schools, school districts, and charter management organizations are not eligible for CFF Community Giving Initiative grants.






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.