Richmond Community Foundation: Bay Area Grants

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

FNDING AREAS: Public Safety, Health, Jobs and 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: The Richmond Community Foundation was originally called the Richmond Children’s Foundation when it was incorporated in 2000. It awards discretionary grants to support a range of community issues that benefit the residents of Richmond, California, in the Bay Area.

Funding areas at RCF include public safety, health, jobs and economic development, physical environment, and education. To be eligible for a RCF grant, you must provide services to residents of Richmond. Since it was established, the foundation has made over $200,000 in capacity-building grants of up to $5,000 to assist nonprofits with internal operations, governance and leadership, building relationships, and developing their visions.

RCF also offers summer mini-grants for youth opportunities, which are targeted at children living in the Iron Triangle, Belding Woods, Coronado, Pullman and North Richmond neighborhoods. The foundation awards adult literacy grants through the Chevron/Opportunity West Literacy Fund, which supports existing programs that prepare adults with less than a sixth grade education to enter the Contra Costa employment market and boost literacy skills for people between 16 and 29, to help them enter the workforce.

Summer literacy grants are made in partnership with the Hellman Foundation and the California Endowment. They benefit kids between the ages of three and eight who live in Richmond, and typically range between $5,000 and $15,000 and often emphasize programs that serve boys of color.

In general, these are the things that RCF looks for in grantees:

  • Programs based on research about what works
  • Data collection about the results of their programs
  • Analysis of this information
  • Willingness to adjust activities in response to new information
  • An absolute focus on producing results

To learn about past groups that RCF has supported, visit the Previous Grant Awards page on the foundation website. The biggest funding areas lately are nonprofit capacity building and local children and youth.

Local nonprofits should also check out the funder’s Nonprofit Resource Center, a free resource for grantseekers. RCF is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner. This is where you’ll find tips for writing proposals, a database for individuals seeking grants, and free workshops. Also take a look at the News section to get a sense of what the foundation has been up to lately.  

General questions about grantseeking should be directed to Monica Lazo, RCF’s director of grants management at 510-234-1200 or


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