Chino Cienega Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Chino Cienga Foundation’s global development grantmaking largely revolves around sustainable development, culture and youth empowerment, and education programs.

IP TAKE: This is not one of the more accessible funders, which is not unusual for an organization without formal employees. While it is important for grantseekers to contact CCF, make sure your work closely aligns with Cienega’s mission before doing so.

PROFILE: Based in Palm Springs, California, the Chino Cienega Foundation was established in 2003 by Frances and Prescott Stevens and Sallie and Culver Nichols. This small funder prioritizes climate change, environmental sustainability, conflict avoidance and reconciliation, culture and youth programs, and sustainable development.  It seeks to “engage in and support educational charitable activities that foster cross cultural and international cooperation." However, it is unclear what are its grantmaking proclivities.

The foundation does not apply geographic restrictions to its grantmaking, but many grants have gone to Asian nations like Thailand, India, Myanmar and Vietnam stand out. Grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $50,000 for multiple years. It accepts a handful of new organizations each year. While it supports broad-based education programs in developing countries, the only discernable pattern is a preference for larger academic institutions rather than small educational organizations.

Chino Cienega has limited public profile, and does not have paid staff. Additionally, it does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

PEOPLE:

  • Stephen Nichols, President and Founder
  • Robert Wolcott, Vice President
  • Lauren Nichols, Director
  • June Taylor, Director
  • Chet Tchozewski, Director

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