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21 nonprofits in Riverside, San Bernardino counties win grants to better serve communities

Inland region nonprofits received $192,000 in grants that will increase their ability to better serve the community.

The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties recently awarded grants to 21 local nonprofits. These one-year capacity building grants were made possible by the Community Impact Fund at the Foundation.

Nonprofits play a key role in improving community conditions and enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable populations, according to Celia Cudiamat, senior vice president of Grants & Community Impact at The Community Foundation. By providing services and resources that are vital to a healthy and stronger community, nonprofits help fill needs that would otherwise be unmet.

The Community Foundation works to support local nonprofits to help them meet these needs through achieving sustainability and growth. The Community Impact Fund is one of the ways the organization achieves this.

“Most funding opportunities are directed to specifically to support programs, but the Community Impact Fund is different,” Cudiamat said. “The Community Impact Fund provides awards to nonprofits that focus on the organization as a whole and strengthening infrastructure.”

Finding funding to support planning and the implementation of strategic benchmarks is challenging. Capacity-building funds provide an opportunity for nonprofits to reflect, learn and take action in developing short and long-term, sustainable solutions to challenges they face in addressing crucial community needs.

The 2019 one-year Community Impact Fund grantees are: Arts Connection ($10,000); Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Foundation ($7,800); Calicinto Ranch Inc ($10,000); California Partnership ($10,000); Canine Support Teams Inc ($10,000); Child Advocates of San Bernardino County ($10,000); Cove Communities Senior Association ($10,000); Desert Blind Association Inc ($10,000); Dezart Performs ($10,000); Growing Inland Achievement ($10,000); HIV Aging Research Project – Palm Springs ($10,000); Making Hope Happen Foundation ($10,000); My Learning Studio Outreach ($1,500); Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities ($10,000); Samaritan Counseling Center($6,700); The Empowerment Center ($8,500); The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs Inc ($10,000); United States Adaptive Recreation Center ($10,000); United Way Of The Desert ($10,000); Young Idyllwild Inc ($7,500); Youth Mentoring Action Network ($10,000).

Growing Inland Achievement, an organization focused on improving people’s lives in the region through education, will be using the funds to assist in growing its programs.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for this Community Impact Fund grant that will be used to create consistent outreach materials so we can engage additional partners and expand programming in service of the community,” said Ann Marie Allen, senior director at Growing Inland Achievement. The Community Foundation accepts competitive grant proposals from nonprofit organizations who work to make a difference in the lives of Riverside and San Bernardino county residents throughout the year.

Nonprofits wishing to apply need to demonstrate a commitment to building organizational capacity. This includes having developed short- and long-term strategies for addressing identified organizational needs based on board and staff assessments or strategic planning. Strong candidates in the competitive grant process should show potential for how the award will make a difference in how the organization is governed, managed, financed, or operated in the future.

Nonprofits interested in applying in 2020 can check the The Community Foundation website for guidelines and giving periods.

The 2020 grant schedule and instructions on how to apply will be available in February 2020. Individuals who wish to offer financial support to a cause or issue in the community that is particularly meaningful to them can also contact The Community Foundation to see how their donation might make the biggest impact.

Information: www.thecommunityfoundation.net or 951-241-7777.

The Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Inland Southern California through philanthropy.  

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