Applications open for Community Foundation grant funding

The Community Impact Matching Grant cycle is open until Oct. 4.

This article was contributed by Community Foundation CEO and President Gary Byrne.

The Community Foundation for San Benito County is pleased to announce that part two of the Community Impact Matching Grant cycle is now open, and the Grants Committee is accepting applications from nonprofits who serve San Benito County until Friday, Oct. 4. More information about the grant and other deadlines is available on the foundation website.

“This year’s grant requests for capacity building will receive the highest priority, but the Committee will still consider requests for program funding,” said Grants and Project Manager Salina Chacon. The Community Foundation for San Benito County is working to help nonprofits achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness within the community, and one way to achieve this goal is to provide more capacity building funding.

Progressively, foundations are beginning to offer more grants for capacity building, an often overlooked internal process that can take on many forms. Examples of projects with capacity building activities include professional development, self-assessments and collaboration planning. Capacity Building is an investment in the future of a nonprofit, and the Grants Committee feels that these types of activities are an obligation for nonprofits to undertake and excel, as well as donors to support.

The Community Foundation would like to thank the Grants Committee for their time: Richard Bianchi, Paula Bonilla, Alan Clark, Marilyn Ferreira, Geri Johnson, Dohn Larson, Luciano Medeiros, Rebecca Medeiros Wolf, Yvette Papenhausen, Jim Parker, Judy Rodriguez, Allison Rohnert, Susan Schwabacher, Will Sutton, Ramona Trevino, and Gerry Wright. Our regranting work would not be possible without their help.



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President Gary Byrne

Gary Byrne is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Gary has over 25 years of nonprofit development and management experience. He is a native of Dublin, Ireland and lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and two children.