Solano Community Foundation Offers Grants for 2019
Three Grant Programs Have Funds to Award Now
FAIRFIELD, Calif.: Solano Community Foundation is now accepting applications for three of its grant programs. The application cycle for these three opened on March 1, 2019 and will close on October 5, 2019. Eligibility requirements and application forms for all three funds are posted on the SCF website: www.solanocf.org
Education Plus! Grant Program grants will be awarded to fund projects that exhibit the “Plus! Factor,” i.e., those that enhance learning, improve student achievement, and augment participants’ educational experience in unique and successful ways. Funding is also available for after-school, mentoring, and summer programs, either for schools or for nonprofits with a 501 (c)(3) status.
Grant monies will support those projects expected to make the greatest positive impact. Award amounts will vary depending upon the scope and purpose of each funding request. The funding priority is for educational projects committed to addressing poverty and unemployment issues at their root.
Larger grants may be awarded for special projects that have a significant impact on the learning situation or the community. As an example, the Sensory Garden at the Solano County Library in the Fairfield Civic Center was made possible through an Education Plus! grant, as were eight of the AWE workstations the library offers to young children 2 to 8 to promote early learning habits and reading skills.
The Nonprofit Partnership Program was launched in April of 2009. It is supported in part, by annual membership contributions from partnering organizations and individuals. It is designed to strengthen, develop, and serve Solano County nonprofits by enhancing organization visibility and needs, and assist in their development and capacity-building efforts.
The Nonprofit Partnership Program Fund awards grants of up to $2,500 to NPP members for professional development training. Past awards have supported training for organization leadership, board members, and staff who are seeking professional instruction, certification, or knowledge (e.g., attend a class, workshop, seminar, or conference). Requests are limited to these specific focus areas: leadership and management, fundraising and development, and marketing and visibility. Grant monies may be used for registration fees, training materials, travel expenses, and lodging.
SCF established the Solano Disaster Relief Fund in 2017 in response to the devastating wild fires that October. After the frenzy and chaos of a devastating disaster passes, the long road to recovery and rebuilding must begin. SCF, as a community foundation, plays a distinct and critical role in the recovery efforts to address the mid- to long-term needs of the communities it serves. It is in the best position to hold funds, make grants, and support rebuilding efforts because of its overall view of the area.
SCF does not award cash grants to individuals. Instead, grants from the SDRF will help the nonprofits that are providing direct services to individuals and families. Grants will focus on helping those organizations who are working to provide relief and recovery services to Solano and Napa county residents, specifically for medical care, counseling, temporary shelter, and meals to the individuals and families affected by the October 2017 fires and recent fire and flooding disasters.
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The Solano Community Foundation is a qualified public charity that received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt determination in March of 1996. It serves the charitable needs of Solano County residents. It administers a number of component funds that make grants and award scholarships to other non-profits and schools. The Foundation also offers community workshops and training in the areas of governance, fundraising, leadership, and management, and advocates for needed programs and services. To learn more about SCF’s mission, funds, or programs, or to join their Nonprofit Partnership Program, visit their website at www.solanocf.org. Look for them on Facebook as Solano Community Foundation. They are also on Twitter and Instagram.