Grants Available

Currently Available

Arcata Foundation Fund Grants

Deadline: May 15 and December 15

Contact: Craig Woods 

Fund Description: The Arcata Foundation Fund, established in 1987, is dedicated to the enhancement of community life in Arcata and facilitates charitable giving and raises funds to support work in the areas of human services, education of all ages, art, culture, local history, healthful recreation, peace and enhancement of local natural surroundings. Find more information on the Arcata Foundation website

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Community Grants Program

Grant Size: average of $5,000 - $10,000, maximum of $15,000 - $20,000

Deadline: February 1 and August 1, 2018

Contact: Amy Jester or Cassandra Wagner 

Fund Description: This program responds to pressing, community-identified needs and aims to strengthen communities' abilities to work together to improve the lives of people in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Curry counties. 

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Elsie Mae Gardner Ricklefs & Richard Ricklefs Memorial Fund Grants

Grant Size: Up to $6,000

Deadline: November 30, 2017, and May 31, 2018

Contact: Sara Dronkers

Fund Description: This grant supports community projects in the Klamath-Trinity area that focus on: peer counseling for youth, youth activities outside of school hours, healing grief and or/trauma, increased emotional intelligence, and/or projects that support cultural goals of the community. 

Program Description

Eligibility Criteria

Grants are awarded to support community projects in the Klamath-Trinity area and will support project or programs focused on one or more of the following:
·       Peer counseling for youth
·        Youth activities outside of school hours
·        Healing grief and/or trauma
·        Increased emotional intelligence
·        Projects that support cultural goals of the community


All applications must be postmarked or delivered by 5pm by November 30thand May 31st.
Grant award notification will occur approximately 6-8 weeks from the deadline.
If you have any questions, please contact the Humboldt Area Foundation at (707) 442-2993.

Grant proposals should be submitted by:
1.      A nonprofit organization with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,
2.      A public benefit organizations (public schools, government agencies, Indian Tribal Governments, or
3.      A community group with a qualified fiscal sponsor who meets 1 or 2 above.
Please note: For organizations applying as 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, the Foundation will verify 501(c)(3) status prior to making awards.
·        Organizations with grant reports past due to the Humboldt Area Foundation are not eligible to apply.
·        Grants will not be made for the deferred maintenance or annual operating costs of public institutions, churches, and services of special tax districts, government or cemeteries.
·        Grants will not pay for expenses that have already been incurred prior to grant award.

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Field of Interest Grants

Deadline: November 1,  2017

Contact: Craig Woods

Fund Description: The Field of Interest grant program brings together a collection of funds that focus on specific populations, geographical areas and/or causes. This year's categories are: Arts & Culture, Companion Animal & Rescue, Education, Natural Environment, Senior Opportunities, ,and Southern Humboldt. Applications are available through our online Grantseekers Portal. 

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Grassroots Grant Program

Grant Size: $200 - $2,000

Deadline: December 1, 2017; March 1 and June 1, 2018

Contact: Amy Jester or Cassandra Wagner 

Fund Description: This program exists to strengthen the social fabric of communities and improve the lives of people in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Curry counties. 

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The Hansen Family Trust Christian Endowment Fund Grants

Grant Size: Up to $5,000

Deadline: January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15

Contact: Craig Woods 

Fund Description: Chris S. Hansen created this fund as a testamentary gift to memorialize his family. This fund supports Christian ministries both local and abroad, with an emphasis on local Lutheran activities. 

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Holiday Funding Partnership Grants

Grant Size: Up to $2,000

Deadline: October 6, 2017

Contact: Lynn Langdon 

Fund Description: Supports schools, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations with holiday assistance programs offered between November 1 and January 1. 

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Humboldt Soccer Fund

Grant Size: Up to $10,000.00

Deadlines: Applications accepted year-round

Contact: Craig Woods

Fund Description: Humboldt Soccer Fund Soccer Development Grants are designed to support Humboldt County soccer professionals (coaches, trainers, referees, and researchers) development, field development and soccer participation scholarships. 

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Native Cultures Fund

Grant Size: $1,000 - $5,000

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Contact: Sara Dronkers

Fund Description: The Native Cultures Fund (NCF) was created to support Native arts, cultural revitalization, and cultural transmission between generations. 

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Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research

Grant Size: $500 to $1,500

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Contact: Sara Dronkers

Fund Description: This grant supports individuals or nonprofit institutions researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography. 

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Rapid Response Grants

Grant Size: Average of $500, maximum of $5,000

Deadline: There are no deadlines for Rapid Response Grants 

Contact: Amy Jester or Cassandra Wagner

Fund Description: Rapid Response grants are intended for sudden, unanticipated and unavoidable challenges that, if not addressed immediately, could threaten an organization’s ability to achieve its mission. Generally speaking, a compelling reason must exist in order to be eligible for these grants.  

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Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Grants

Grant Size: Up to $5,000.00

Deadline: November 1 , 2017

Contact: Amy Jester

 Fund Description: TAP is a small grant program which provides organizations with one-on-one technical assistance with a consultant of their choice.  TAP grants focus on organizational development and capacity building to strengthen organizational effectiveness in order to have greater impact in your community work.  

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Currently Unavailable (applications for reference only)

Summer Youth Program Grants

Grant Size: average of $500

Deadline: This grant will become available in February 2018

Contact: Lynn Langdon

Fund Description: Supports non-profits that serve Humboldt County youth through programs offered between June 1 and September 1. 

Program Description

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Youth Grant Program,funded in partnership by Humboldt Area Foundation, McLean Foundation, Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation, and St. Joseph Health Humboldt County.  The Summer Youth Funding Partnership is proud to have supported the efforts of organizations that provide safe and meaningful summer programs for the children and youth of our county for over 20 years.


Grants will be awarded to non-profits serving Humboldt County youth for programs offered between June 1 and September 1. Travel outside of Humboldt County for summer activities and summer camps will not be funded.

  •  The average grant awarded will be $500.  However, we recognize that some summer programs have special needs, so will consider applications of over $500 in some circumstances.  Our committee of funding partners and community volunteers will consider each application and prioritize those receiving additional funding based on the following criteria:

    • Program serves a high number of low-income, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged youth,
    • Program serves youth in an outlying area with few summer alternatives for productive activities,
    •  Program operating hours are extensive throughout the summer (i.e. every week-day all summer),
    • Program serves extremely high numbers of youth,
    • Program serves an at risk youth population.
    •  Programs that provide camperships / scholarships
    •  Programs that have multiple funding sources

     The committee may also award additional funding to:

    • Organizations that provide a large number of scholarships to their Summer Program,
    • Organizations that have a Summer Program that requires no fee,
    • Organizations that make good use of available resources and/or collaboration,
    • Organizations with programs that provide developmental and not just recreational opportunities
    • Organizations that request items that help ensure the safety of their program's participants

    Grant resources are limited, so we ask that you apply for only what is sincerely needed.  This funding is stretched to meet the needs of as many valuable summer programs as possible.

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    Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grants

    Grant Size: $6,000 available; a maximum of $1,000 may be awarded to a school to support in-school programs and/or projects

    Deadline: This grant will become available in Spring of 2018

    Contact: Cassandra Wagner 

    Fund Description: This grant supports community projects in the Eel River Valley.

    Program Description

    Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, YEP, are a group of students from Fortuna Union High School and Academy of the Redwoods who are interested in bringing positive change to our community through the power of grantmaking. We completed a needs assessment of our peers and community members and we are seeking to fund projects which will address either of the following:

    ·         We need a place to feel safe. Projects that we are interested in funding include but are not limited to sports, or arts.

    ·         We need resources for homeless youth that are under 21 years of age. This includes personal needs such as clothing, food, or advocacy.

    Grants are awarded to support community projects in the Eel River Valley. Grant proposals should be submitted by:

    1.      A nonprofit organization with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,

    2.      A public benefit organizations (public schools, government agencies, Indian Tribal Governments, or

    3.      A community group with a qualified fiscal sponsor who meets 1 or 2 above.


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