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Humboldt Area Foundation supports a variety of grant programs that serve our community. 


The Arcata Foundation

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.  Applications are due on May 15 and December 15.

Applications and Guidelines are available at the Arcata City Hall, 736 F Street, Arcata, or Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola Road, Bayside, or by calling 707-442-2993.


Coast Central Community Investment Program

Coast Central's Community Investment Program provides larger donations (grants) to anywhere from three to six local organizations, twice per year. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are awarded, up to a total of $50,000 in each "round" ($100,000 per year). At the end of each round, a local decision-making panel determines how these funds will be distributed. Please see the application and cover letter for full instructions and the next decision date.

Click here to visit their site and apply. 


Co-op Community Fund

As part of the Co-op’s commitment to our North Coast community, income from this fund will be used to support sustainable agriculture, food security (defined as the access to a safe supply of quality food to all aspects of a community) or food nutrition and education.  Preference is given to small to mid-sized organizations operating in Humboldt County.  Grants range from $500 to $2,000 with exceptions possible on a case-by-case basis.  Applications are due by October 1.

Guidelines and information on how to apply will be available on August 1. Call Melanie Bettenhausen at 707-826-8670 ext. 132.

Hansen Family Trust Christian Endowment Fund

To memorialize his family, Chris Hansen created this fund to benefit local Christian ministries of Humboldt County, with an emphasis on the Lutheran Church. Youth and senior activities are emphasized. The fund is also intended to help missionary activities abroad, including ELCA missions, World Hunger and World Vision. Grant requests for capital investment, administrative funds, and "annual" funds will be considered on a limited basis. Applications are due on January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15. Applicants will be notified approximately two months after the deadline with approval or denial status.


The Trinity Trust

The Trinity Trust makes grants exclusively for the benefit of the citizens of Trinity County, California. The Trust is an affiliate of Humboldt Area Foundation, who manages The Trinity Trust Endowment and administers Trinity Trust grants. Grant decisions are made by a volunteer committee of Trinity County residents who have shown long-term interest in community betterment.


Union Labor Health Foundation - Community Health Grants

Union Labor Health Foundation (ULHF), a supporting organization of Humboldt Area Foundation, makes grants within Humboldt County in response to health-related needs.   The Foundation provides funding to projects or institutions that nurture, foster, encourage, support and educate in order to enhance the physical, mental and moral well-being of each individual within the County of Humboldt.  Applications are accepted on September 1.  Grants are generally under $10,000 but applications for larger grants are accepted after consultation with ULHF at 707 442-2417.

Grants To Individuals

Humboldt Area Foundation has several programs that make grants to individuals for specific purposes.  Students looking for scholarship assistance should refer to the Scholarships section for more information.

David (Davey) H. Somerville Medical Travel Fund

Provides small travel grants to aid families that need to travel out of Humboldt County for their children's medical care. Applications are reviewed upon receipt.

Union Labor Health Foundation Angel Fund 

Provides small grants to meet immediate health needs of individuals. Applications must be submitted by 5:00p.m. each Tuesday and are reviewed every Wendesday evening.


Union Labor Health Foundation Children's Dental Angel Fund

Provides small grants to meet immediate dental needs of children. Applications are accepted at any time and are reviewed periodically.


Phyllis Nilsen Leal Memorial Fund

Provides children suffering from cancer, or other sicknesses, items to lift thier spirits during their treatment. This could be a piece of equipment, a tutor, books or toys.

Barry F. Phelps Fund 

Provides small grants for young survivors of leukemia residing in the Eel River Valley.


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Humboldt Native Cultures Fund
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Humboldt Trinity Trust Foundation
Humboldt United Labor Health Fund
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