Ways to Receive
Grants to Organizations
The El Dorado Community Foundation considers several types of competitive grant requests. When funding is available from any of the following funds, the Foundation will issue a Request for Proposals, including the current funding focus and application deadline.
Current Funding Opportunities:
We do not currently have any open funding opportunities. Please check back in August.
WOMEN’S FUND EL DORADO
The Women’s Fund is one of the largest funds under the umbrella of The Foundation. Women's Fund El Dorado provides grant funding to programs that "benefit Western Slope El Dorado County." Application forms will be available to nonprofits serving the western slope of El Dorado County on this site, or at womensfundeldorado.org.
Tahoe Women’s Community Fund
The Tahoe Women's Community Fund is a collective giving organization created in 2015. Through a simple grant making process, the annual proceeds from membership contributions provide financial support to nonprofits that address pressing issue facing the communities of Lake Tahoe. Further guidelines and application forms can be found on this site when the grants become available, or at tahoewomenscommunityfund.org.
Hearts & MindS
Hearts and Minds Education Technology grants open in February each year to educational nonprofit entities serving the western slope of El Dorado County. The grants are intended to support technology and/or technological equipment for the education of the community's youth. Further guidelines and application forms can be found on this site when the grants become available.
Friends of Seniors
The Friends of Seniors grants are open for proposals in March and April of each year. The focus of these grants is to support programs and/or services that serve the older adult population of El Dorado County. Further guidelines and application forms will be available on this site when those grants are available.
El Dorado Veterans Mini Grants (Period 1)
These grants are scheduled twice a year- June and September. Grant requests are open to nonprofit entities offering programs and/or services to veterans residing in El Dorado County. Further guidelines and application forms can be found on this site when those grants become available.
Endow El Dorado
The Endow El Dorado Fund will be awarding grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofits that serve the residents and communities of El Dorado County. Further guidelines and application forms can be found on this site when the grants become available.
El Dorado Veterans Mini Grants (Period 2)
These grants are scheduled twice a year - May and September. Grant requests are open to nonprofit entities offering programs and/or services to veterans residing in El Dorado County. Further guidelines and application forms can be found on this site when the grants become available.
South Lake Tahoe Endowment
The South Lake Tahoe Endowment Fund grants are open for proposals to nonprofits serving the residents of the South Lake Tahoe basin in October each year. Check back here for further guidelines and application.
El Dorado Hills Endowment
The El Dorado Hils Endowment Fund grants are open for proposals to nonprofits serving the residents of El Dorado Hills. The grant process opens in October with grants being awarded early in January. Further guidelines and application forms can be found on this site when those grants become available.
The Foundation seeks proposals from non-profit service and religious organizations as well as other groups conducting charitable work who respond to the focus and goals outlined in each Request for Proposal. Grants are made which benefit the people of El Dorado County. Funding may be given to organizations with offices outside of El Dorado County for services or programs for residents of El Dorado County.
The Foundation will not make competitive grants for:
- Debt reduction
- Fund raising events
- Religious activities
- Political campaigns
Proposal review committees are comprised of members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and community representatives.
They carefully evaluate each application, seeking opportunities to make effective use of the community’s donations by placing a high priority on applications that successfully address the following topics:
- Capacity of the Organization – how well do the organization’s board, volunteers and staff demonstrate the skills, experience, and commitment to carry out the proposed project?
- Organization Mission and Funding Focus – to what extent does the project relate to both the organization’s core mission and the Community Foundation’s current funding focus?
- Need for Project – is this project appropriate for the area or population it intends to serve, does it demonstrate community support, and is it unique or will it involve collaboration with other organizations?
- Objectives and Methods – does this project have clear and measurable goals that will result in a meaningful improvement to our community?
- Budget and Project Sustainability – is the project budget realistic and will the project be sustainable after an investment from the Foundation?
Committee recommendations will be presented to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which makes all final decisions. Foundation staff will notify all applicants of the Board’s decision in writing and in a timely manner. Successful applicants will be required to submit narrative and financial reports that explain the outcomes of the funded projects.