Grant Opportunities


Grant Opportunities

A listing of grant opportunities available to Sacramento region nonprofits from corporations, foundations, and other organizations both local and beyond.

Grant opportunities posted recently are listed on top.
Grant opportunities with deadlines are listed by due date and on our calendar.
Grant opportunities without specific deadlines are listed alphabetically by funder name.

Funding opportunity

Unitarian Universalist Association: Fund for a Just Society
Support for Community Organizing for Social Change (Posted 6/22)

The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and to mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. Priority is given to active, specific campaigns to create change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect their lives.

Funding opportunity

Anthem Foundation
Funds for Health Programs in Company Communities (Posted 6/22)

The Anthem Foundation is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families in the communities in the 25 states that Anthem serves. The Foundation believes that targeting preventable health concerns by making strategic charitable choices will help create a healthier generation of Americans. The Foundation’s grantmaking focus is on initiatives that positively affect the conditions addressed in its Healthy Generations program: heart health, cancer prevention, prenatal care, diabetes prevention and management, and healthy active lifestyles.

Funding opportunity

Arcus Foundation: U.S. Social Justice Program
Organizations Advancing Justice for LGBT People Supported (Posted 6/15)

The Arcus Foundation is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The Foundation’s U.S. Social Justice Program focuses on advancing social justice for LGBT people in the United States, with a significant focus on LGBT youth and communities of color.

Funding opportunity

The Safeway Foundation
Grants for organizations that strengthen the neighborhoods we serve (Posted 6/14)

The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with their priority areas:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Hunger
  • Youth and Education
  • Veterans
  • Supporting Diversity and Inclusion of All Abilities

We review applications on a quarterly basis. At the close of the application process, it typically takes us at least 6 WEEKS to review and get back to you.

Funding opportunity

BoatU.S. Foundation: Grassroots Grants Program
Boating Safety Programs Funded (Posted 6/1)

The goal of the BoatU.S. Foundation is to be a leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of the nation’s waterways, and keeping boating a safe, accessible, and enjoyable pastime. The Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Program supports local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, as well as boating clubs and student groups, that develop innovative projects to promote safe and clean boating on local waterways.

Funding opportunity

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation: Community Partners
Groups Assisting Wildlife Refuges Funded (Posted 5/18)

The National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, funds projects that assist organizations in being effective co-stewards of important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. The program’s goals are to help Refuge Friends organizations develop and execute projects, expand their capacity and skills, gain community support, build long-term relationships, increase overall capacity, and encourage the sharing of expertise within the Friends networks.

Funding opportunity

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
Cultural Arts Award grant (Posted 5/4)

The Cultural Arts Award grant application is open! Granted through a competitive review process, CAA grants assist eligible nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with general operating expenses or non-arts organizations with arts project support. This grant provides up to three years of support, beginning in 2018. Click here to find guidelines and more information. All applications are due June 29, 2017 and must be submitted via

Funding opportunity

Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Youth Softball and Baseball Programs Supported (Posted 5/4)

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, is dedicated to promoting the growth of youth baseball and softball in the United States and throughout the world by funding programs that encourage youth participation in the game. Grants may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants average around $40,000.

Funding opportunity

PetSmart Charities
Grants Promote Loving Homes for Pets (Posted 5/4)

PetSmart Charities envisions a world in which every pet has a lifelong, loving home. PetSmart Charities provides support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada through a number of grant programs. The following programs are currently open:

Funding opportunity

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
Homeownership Counseling Grant Program (Posted 5/4)

The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is committed to increasing homeownership through the development of affordable housing in the United States. The Foundation’s Homeownership Counseling Grant Program supports local nonprofit housing organizations nationwide that help create sustainable homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income families. The program focuses on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities. The average grant size for this program is around $7,500. Applying organizations must have been in operation at least two years.

Funding opportunity

SMUD Shine Awards
Funding for neighborhood beautification, education or energy efficiency (Posted 5/3)

In celebration of our 70th year of powering what you love, we’re launching a new community sponsorship program. We call it Shine. With it, we’re inviting you to request funding for projects that will improve and revitalize our local neighborhoods to help them Shine.

Shine awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000 and are very competitive. Any incorporated not-for-profit organization (501c3 or 501c6) within SMUD service territory is eligible to apply.

Program details

Funding opportunity

Community grants (Posted 4/18)

Management at the local facility to which you are applying will review the application and make initial funding recommendations on all submitted requests. The deadline for manager review is Jan 8, 2018.  Review the guidelines here.

Funding opportunity

Grants to improve school climate (Posted 4/13)

A new grant program, administered by the State Department of Education, is now available to local school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to implement research-based strategies to improve school climate and mitigate the school-to-prison pipeline. Grant funds are to support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, non-punitive programs and practices to keep the state’s most vulnerable pupils in school. 

Apply here.

Funding opportunity

KIND Foundation
Grants for improving communities and helping people in need (Posted 4/6)

Through the KIND Causes program, the Foundation supports individuals and organizations in the U.S. and Canada who are dedicated to improving their communities and helping people in need.

Each month, individuals vote for the idea(s) that inspire them most. At the end of the month, the cause with the highest number of votes receives $10,000 in funding to help bring their idea to life.

Funding opportunity

Patagonia Environmental Grants Program
Grassroots Environmental Efforts in the U.S. and Canada Funded (Posted 3/29)

The Patagonia Environmental Grants Program provides support to small, grassroots organizations with provocative direct-action agendas that are working on multi-pronged campaigns to protect the environment. Patagonia funds activist groups that are dedicated to protecting local habitats in the United States and Canada, as well as in targeted countries around the world.

Funding opportunity

Playground and play space projects (Posted 3/22)

Thanks to the generosity of funding partners, KaBOOM! has ongoing grant
opportunities—based on geographic locations where and when KaBOOM!
has funding—for community partners to transform their community spaces!
KaBOOM! encourages potential community partners to apply proactively so that as grant opportunities present themselves, KaBOOM! can quickly be in touch with you to schedule the next steps in the process.

Funding opportunity

Best Buy Foundation
Community grants for programs for teens (Posted 3/21)

The Best Buy Foundation will donate Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.  Examples of program activities include:

Funding opportunity

Grey Muzzle Organization
Grants for programs specifically for senior dogs (Posted 3/9)

The Organization provides funding for organizations that have or seek to establish a program specifically for senior dogs. The Organization funds a range of senior dog programs including programs specifically promoting the adoption of senior dogs, Senior to Senior programs, long-term foster care, hospice, programs designed to prevent surrender of senior dogs, and programs focused on prevention of or early intervention in diseases that would otherwise be extremely costly to treat. Applicants must include a plan for sustain the program beyond the Organization’s grant period.

Funding opportunity

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Immediate Need Grants (Posted 3/7/17)

This program addresses urgent community needs and time-sensitive opportunities as they arise. The Immediate Need Grants program is one of the ways that the Foundation continues to be responsible and responsive to the changing needs of the region.

Funding opportunity

Massage Therapy Foundation
Community Service grants program (Posted 1/12)

The Foundation’s advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy through support for scientific research, education, and community service. The Foundation’s Community Service grants program is designed to promote working partnerships between the massage therapy profession and community-based organizations. Grants are awarded to nonprofits that provide massage therapy to people who currently have little or no access to such services.

Funder Profile

The Safeway Foundation
Grants in Four Priority Areas (Posted 9/19)

The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with these four priority areas:

Funding opportunity

UNFI Foundation
Grants for the development of healthy, organic foods and food practices (Posted 1/12)

The Foundation funds nonprofits across the United States that support the development of healthy, organic foods and food practices, and the health of our planet. The Foundation supports organizations that work to increase organic agriculture; provide research and science to develop organic farming practices; protect the biodiversity of our seed supply and the stewardship of genetic resources of organic seed; teach organic farming practices that promote conservation of resources, and foster the next generation of organic farmers.