Grant Opportunities

American River Bank Foundation

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.

The Well Life Foundation Grants

We provide grants to non profit and community organizations doing work that supports and empowers women in difficult transitions.
  • Project goal must support our mission.
  • Must sign our non discrimination policy or submit a compatible policy of your own.
  • Must commit to Illuminator involvement (either on project team, volunteer, board seat, or ongoing review sessions with an Illuminator).
  • Both organized non profit organizations and community organizations are encouraged to apply.
  • Funding guidelines – Requests above $10,000 require full board approval.
NP & Comm Org Grant Application & Instructions


Golden 1 Credit Union is committed to investing in programs that make a positive impact on the communities we serve. Through Golden 1 Community Grants, we have provided more than $2 million to fund programs that help children and young adults in two categories:

  • Literacy
  • Transition-Age Foster Youth

This year, Golden 1 Credit Union will invest more than $500,000 for programs operating July 2019–June 2020. If your organization would like to submit a proposal for funding, visit to access forms, instructions, and more information.

Proposals are due by March 10.

Sutter Sponsorships Process NOW OPEN! Applications Due March 8th, 2019

Sutter Health Valley Area is making it easier to apply for a Sutter Sponsorship Award! All 501c3 organizations are required to complete the new online application process. When you click on the link to begin the application process, you will be prompted to watch a mandatory webinar in advance of completing the online sponsorship application form. Please be sure to complete the online sponsorship application form within the sponsorship timeline listed below.

We hold two sponsorship application periods a year. Our first application period for the next cycle begins August 1st for yearlong sponsorship packages or events from January – May 2019. The deadline is September 28th. The second period opens January 14th for events from June – December 2019. The deadline is March 8th.

Each organization may only receive one award per year. If you have multiple events you would like us to consider for sponsorship, you are encouraged to complete one application with all events included and apply during the first period. If you have already applied for your event or events you do need to apply again. This is only if you have not applied during the first period and your event falls during the June 2019 and December 2019 time period.

click here for the form

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Tommy Trejo [email protected]


Spring: For events happening June 2019 – December 2019

March 8, 2019: Proposals due

March 11, 2019 – May 31, 2019: Awardees announced

June 2019 – February 2020: Awardees report measurable outcomes

JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth

Conflict Resolution Training for Youth Supported

The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) skills from adults to youth. The emphasis for 2019 is on programs that promote reduction in youth bullying and violence and an increase in the development of conflict resolution education skills with youth for their application in and out of school with friends and other classmates as well as at home with siblings and other family members. The possible contexts for projects include community organizations, alternative education, online education, charter schools, after-school programs, juvenile justice facilities, etc. Initial project idea descriptions must be submitted by January 14, 2019; invited full proposals will be due May 15, 2019. Visit the ACR website to download the application information.

Posted 11/15/18

Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants

Support for Social Justice Efforts in the U.S., Haiti, and Mexico

The Peace Development Fund believes that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world can come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities that recognize the importance of building movements to create systemic social change. The Fund’s Community Organizing Grants provide support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level; groups that have a genesis in Occupy, MeToo, or Movement for Black Lives; collaborative peace initiatives led by women; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. Applying organizations must have an annual budget of $250,000 or less. The application form will be available on November 30, 2018, and the application deadline is December 28, 2018. Visit the Fund’s website to download the grant guidelines for the Community Organizing Grants program.

Posted 11/15/18

D’Addario Foundation

Music Education Programs Funded

The D’Addario Foundation identifies the most impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need throughout the United States and provides support to assist their growth and development. Grants are provided to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. The focus is on programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. Cash grants averaging $2,500 and product donations are provided. (The Foundation prefers not to provide funding for the purpose of purchasing equipment or instruments.) The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is January 31, 2019; invited grant applications will be due March 31, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the guidelines and submit an online letter of inquiry.

11/8/18 Youth Garden Grants

Educational Garden Projects Funded, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing inspiration and support for parents and educators who are gardening with children, awards Youth Garden Grants to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any U.S. nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of three and 18 is eligible to apply. The top five programs will receive award packages valued at $2,100. Twenty programs will receive award packages valued at $500. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The application deadline is December 17, 2018. Visit the KidsGardening website to access application guidelines and forms.

Posted 11/1/18

Islamic Relief USA: Community Grants

Humanitarian Efforts in the U.S. Funded

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) is dedicated to providing humanitarian aid in the United States and around the world in a dignified manner—regardless of race, gender, or religion—and to empowering people and giving them a voice in the world. IRUSA provides Community Grants to nonprofit organizations in the United States that provide access to quality healthcare, promote sustainable socio-economic development, and elevate the standard of living of those in need. Projects focused on the following areas will be given priority: refugee resettlement, food security and livelihood, disaster response and preparedness, and health services and promotion. The upcoming application deadline is December 31, 2018. Visit the IRUSA website to learn more about the Community Grants Program.

Posted 10/25/18

Kaiser Permanente Grants and Investments

Organizations Addressing Health Needs in Company Communities Supported

Kaiser Permanente provides support to nonprofit organizations that focus on community health in the locations the provider serves, including communities in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The funding priorities include the following: Community Health Initiatives, Safety Net Partnerships, and Subsidized Care and Coverage. It is particularly important for applying organizations to note how they will address social determinants of health and the elimination of health disparities and inequities. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Kaiser Permanente website to complete the eligibility questionnaire and submit an online application.

Posted 10/18/18