Richmond Community Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Richmond Community Foundation supports nonprofits that serve the Richmond, California community through grants for public safety, health, economic development, physical environment, and education.

FUNDING AREAS: Public safety, health, economic development, physical environment, and education 

IP TAKE: This is a great funder to know for Richmond nonprofits that need to improve operations or that give local kids opportunities to get active and involved in the community.

PROFILE: Established in 2000, the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) was originally called the Richmond Children’s Foundation. It awards discretionary grants to support a range of community issues that benefit the residents of Richmond, California, in the Bay Area. Grantmaking interests include public safety, health, economic development, physical environment, and education.

Economic grants focus on stimulating the local economy, while health grants address access to health care and nutritious foods. Physical environment grants support neighborhoods, education grants support both instruction and facilities, and safety grants improve walkways and playing fields. In the past, the funder has provided summer mini-grants for youth opportunities, which are targeted at children living in the Iron Triangle, Belding Woods, Coronado, Pullman and North Richmond neighborhoods. It has also provided adult literacy grants through the Chevron/Opportunity West Literacy Fund and capacity-building grants to assist nonprofits with internal operations, governance and leadership, building relationships, and developing their visions. Grants often emphasize programs that serve boys of color.

Foundation grants typically range between $5,000 and $15,000. Visit the funder’s media room to learn more about past giving. To be eligible for a RCF grant, nonprofits must provide services to residents of Richmond or the greater Contra Costa Area.

RCF publishes information about current grant opportunities on its website. The funder typically accepts applications by email and mail. Direct grant-related questions to Monica Lazo, RCF’s director of grants management at 510-234-1200 or


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