Grant Opportunities

American River Bank Foundation

By August 1, 2019 No Comments
The Most Vulnerable Women & Children—The American River Bank Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and provide physical and emotional well-being for the most vulnerable women and children.

Since 2004, the American River Bank Foundation has donated over $1.2 Million to 62 different organizations.

100% of donations are granted to community organizations as the Foundation is supported in whole by American River Bank, its employees and partners.

The American River Bank Foundation will award grants to strengthen the capacity of local, community-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations conducting charitable work to benefit the unique issues affecting women and children exclusively within Sacramento, Sonoma, South Placer or Amador Counties.

Qualifying applicants may request grant monies to fund the general operations of an organization’s mission (if the organization’s annual budget is less than $1,000,000) or for a specific program relating to women and children. Past grant recipients are eligible to reapply.

Applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Non-profit organization with documented proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • Community-based organization within and providing services exclusively to Sonoma, Sacramento, South Placer or Amador Counties.
  • The applicant organization must have a governing Board of Directors and an Executive Director who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization. The organization’s executive office and principal place of business must be located within the Foundation’s stated geographic area.
  • Applicants must be in good financial standing.
  • Administrative Expenditures may not exceed 20% of total budget.

The Foundation prefers to fund organizations and/or programs that seek to address the critical needs of the most vulnerable women and children, including but not limited to food, shelter, education and safety.

The American River Bank Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals; private foundations; and international, fraternal, social or labor organizations
  • Political parties, candidates or lobbying activities
  • Capital campaigns
  • Advertising, benefits, raffle tickets, golf tournaments and other fund raising events involving purchase of tables, tickets, sponsorships or advertisements.
  • Religious organizations, unless the program is a secular community outreach program benefiting the community at large (e.g. homeless shelter, food bank)

2019 Funding Schedule
2019 Schedule available in July of 2019.
July 26, 2019                 Grant applications available
September 13, 2019      Applications submissions due
December 31, 2019       Organizations are notified of grant award decisions
February 2020               Grant receptions and fund disbursement
July 1, 2020                   Fund usage reports due for all grant recipients

Click here  to complete Online the 2019 Grant Application

Click here  to download the 2019 Grant Application (PDF)

Click here to download the 2019 Grant Application (Word Doc)

To receive the 2019-2020 grant application alerts as well as notifications of news and events, please send your contact information including email to [email protected]. 

Selection Criteria
The American River Bank Foundation welcomes proposals from organizations of different sizes, capacities and scopes of services. We seek to support organizations that can not only touch our hearts through compelling story, but that can demonstrate through solid facts the significant impact they can make in our community.

Other factors considered are:

  • Follow best practices, including clarity of purpose, engagement with the communities served, fiscal responsibility and accountability
  • Specifically describe organizational and/or program services & activities and can quantify the impact a grant would have on these
  • Tie directly to the Foundation’s purpose, without creating new programs
  • Demonstrate sound planning and management and do not needlessly duplicate existing efforts
  • Actively seek other sources of funding

Grant Range
Grants will range between $2,500 and $15,000. The Foundation reserves the right to award grants in a lesser amount than requested. Those organizations that do not use the funding for the approved purpose stated in their applications will be required to reimburse the Foundation the full amount. Grant recipients will be required to submit a report detailing fund usage at the request of the Foundation.