OVERVIEW: This funder provides grants to nonprofits addressing underserved populations in regions of Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. Funding supports a range of community services, from basic needs like housing and health, to life skills and enrichment through education and the arts.
IP TAKE: Keep grant proposals brief and use bullet points to describe the project. Opus’ California grantmaking prioritizes the Los Angeles area.
PROFILE: The Opus Community Foundation was established by Opus Bank in 2010 and supports nonprofits in the areas in which it does business. OCF’s California funding is largely centered in the Los Angeles area, with some grants made in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego. Opus Bank has about 55 locations in four states.
Opus’ affordable housing and community revitalization grants support the creation of safe neighborhoods in the local community and economic self-sufficiency for the residents that live here. Education grants often support after-school activities, literacy, and mentoring programs. The financial literacy funding supports the pre-K through grade 12 demographic. Health grants usually assist children, the elderly, and underserved populations in the community by supporting community health clinics, free meal providers, food banks, and safety net services. A sizeable portion of Opus art grants support arts education programs for children.
Bank employees regularly volunteer to teach financial literacy to youth and prepare them to get jobs. On the human services side of things, employees volunteer with organizations including Families Forward, Share Our Selves, YWCA, Clothes the Deal, Dress for Success, and Working Wardrobes. A list of nonprofits that Opus has supported can be found on the Community Partners page.
There are no deadlines to apply for a grant, and unsolicited applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Make grant request for no more than $10,000; however, most grants are about $5,000. Opus commonly conducts site visits before a funding decision is made, and it gives preference to proposals that serve low- to moderate-income communities.
Apply from the Apply for a Grant page. Keep in mind that this is not a funder of disease causes, school trips, fundraising activities, conferences, private foundations, or individuals. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at GrantApps@opuscf.org as well.
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