Grant Guidelines

Applying for competitive grants

Stanislaus Community Foundation believes that a healthy nonprofit sector is essential to the overall quality of life in our community.  Grant requests for proposals for our competitive grantmaking programs are posted online when grants are available (you may also contact us for current guidelines). In most cases, the limited dollars we have available for competitive grantmaking programs are awarded to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations in Stanislaus County.  

The following general guidelines are provided to help you determine whether your organization qualifies for a Community Foundation competitive grant. 


The Community Foundation receives more worthy requests than we can accommodate each year. Most of the Foundation's individual grantmaking programs have specific eligibility requirements. Please review each application carefully under and contact the Foundation if your organization is unsure about your eligibility.


Competitive grants are limited to organizations in Stanislaus County. However, funding may be given to organizations with offices outside of Stanislaus County for services or programs for residents of Stanislaus County. The Foundation currently does not consider multi-year requests.

We do not provide grants for:

Propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, promoting voter registration; for political candidates, political campaigns or organizations engaged in political activities; for litigation
Institutions limiting their services to persons of a single religious sect or denomination
Social or political problems outside of the United States of America
Federated appeals or to organizations that collect funds for redistribution to other nonprofit groups


Most grants carry with them a requirement for reporting back to the Community Foundation regarding use of the funds. Reports of past grants must be on file before an agency can apply for additional Community Foundation funds. Applications received from organizations with delinquent reports will be considered non-responsive and will not be reviewed.


The Foundation accepts grant proposals at specific times during the year. We also award grants through donor advised, designated and scholarship funds. Unsolicited applications or applications received after a granting program's cycle has closed are returned to the applying organization.


Grant applications are reviewed by a committee comprising both Stanislaus Community Foundation Board Members and other members of the community.