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Humboldt Area Foundation administers a variety of grant programs.  Please refer to each grant for individual guidelines and availability:

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The Summer Youth Funding Partnership, comprised of Humboldt Area Foundation, McLean Foundation, Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation, and St. Joseph Health Humboldt County, is committed to supporting children and youth.  The Partnership values programs that offer opportunities for youth to learn, play and develop in a safe, productive environment while school is not in session.  We recognize that organizations offering summer programs for children and youth are integral to providing those opportunities.

Each year small grants are awarded to expand and enrich summer recreation programs serving the children of Humboldt County and which operate between June 1 and September 1.  Grants are normally made for expenses such as sports and recreational equipment, arts and crafts supplies, special events and field trips and camperships for low-income participants.  Applications will be available February 2015.


For more information please contact Lynn Langdon, Grants Coordinator at (707)442-2993x323 or   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



Redwood Empire Quilters Guild Fund

This fund was created to promote the appreciation and knowledge of quilts; sponsor and support quilting activities and educational meetings; and encourage making, collecting and conserving quilts.  Grants range from $100-$1,000 the deadline for this grant opportunity is March 1, 2014.

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Humboldt Area Foundation’s Field of Interest Grant Program was created to connect donors with community projects in their specific areas of interest.  The program brings together a collection of funds that focus on specific populations, geographical areas and/or causes.

Field of Interest grants are available September 3 through November 1, 2013 for the following categories: 

Field of Interest: Arts & Culture:

Victor Thomas Jacoby Award

Jacoby, an internationally recognized tapestry weaver, established a fund to "encourage the exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques, mediums, images, etc, as well as excellence." The cash grant will be made annually to an artist or craftsperson currently residing in Humboldt County.  Awards up to $10,000 will be available to hand weavers, spinners and dyers of Humboldt County. 

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Ruth Marcus Memorial Writing Scholarship

Ruth was a devoted mother, sister and friend and was active in the creative arts from an early age as a radio, TV and film actress, pianist and writer. This grant will be awarded to an aspiring writer of any age who will use it for "The Greatest Good" and further his or her individual interest in writing professionally. 

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Peter E. Palmquist Grant for Historical Photographic Research

This annual grant supports the study of under-researched women photographers internationally
and Western American photographers before 1900.

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Project Grants to Artists

Project Grants to Artists range from $500 to $5000.  Priorities are given to exemplary art which actively engages the community in the process or the product of the art. 

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Lynne & Bob Wells Grant for Performing Artists

An annual grant is given from this donor-advised fund for excellence in the performing arts. 
The award is open to performing artists residing in Humboldt County.

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To receive more information about the  Field of Interest Grant Program, contact the Foundation at (707) 442-2993.  


The Community Grant Program supports a broad spectrum of projects that help build strong communities and foster prosperity in Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte Counties. The Humboldt Area Foundation accepts proposals for this program from nonprofit charitable or public benefit (federally tax-exempt) organizations, public schools, government agencies, and Native American tribal governments.  

The follThe following is our funding criteria.  We will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

1.  Su1. Supports an effort that is clearly important to community members and that they are coming together to address

·         Demonstrates that there is broad community energy and support that has led to the grant proposal

2.  Ad2. Addresses a pressing community issue

3.  Inv33. Involves the people who are directly impacted by the effort

·   People who are directly impacted participate at various decision-making levels to ensure the effort is relevant and appropriate to the community being served, as well as sustainable over time

4.  Ma4. Makes use of collaborative relationships and partnerships

·   The effort includes local expertise, leadership, youth, community partners, funders, and/or businesses

5.  Incl 5. Includes and supports the interests of historically excluded people and groups

6.  Ma   6.Makes a lasting impact, such as by:

·         Providing a long-term, comprehensive solution to the problem being addressed ;

·         Changing a problematic system or policy that has far-reaching effects; or

·         Improving a community’s ability to continue to address the issue/s into the future.

7.  Dev7. Develops a plan for sustainability, including diversification of funding sources, so that the effort is carried on without assuming reliance on future grant sources

8.  Int8. Integrates and promotes youth leadership skills and develops their ability to address issues of importance to them

9.  Dev9. Develops residents’ leadership skills and ability to address issues of importance to them

10. Ad10.Addresses social inequity.



 ons Applications must be postmarked or delivered by the given deadline in order to be considered for the current grant round.  Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next grant round.  Grants cannot provide support for expeneses already incurred


For more information about the Community Grant Program please speak with any of our Program Managers at (707) 442-2993.


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Initiated and led by Native Peoples, the Native Culture Fund supports Native arts, cultural revitalization and cultural transmission between generations. Grants and regional gatherings focus on methods of building greater cultural participation in communities.  The service area includes northern and central California.

Community Partnerships with Native Artists (CPNA)

This initiative, funded in partnership with the Ford Foundation, will support community partnerships with native artists that produce art of outstanding quality and cultural significance while engaging communities in a process of healing.  NCF defines healing as the renewal of traditional relationships with a tribe, across tribes, across cultures and with the land.  It is not therapy nor designed to achieve the health goal of the individual but rather builds community relationships in a social ceremony addressing areas of community healing in a meaningful way.

For more information on upcoming community meetings or for general information about this Fund, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Program Officer for Arts and Culture, at 707-442-2993.


TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) - We are currently accepting proposals for TAP.  

Humboldt Area Foundation’s Technical Assistance Program provides grants to strengthen and improve organizations, their leadership or operations in the areas of strategic planning, board development, marketing/public relations, collaborations, fundraising planning, financial management, personnel issues, operational assessments and executive coaching.  TAP applications and information are confidential and will not affect other potential Humboldt Area Foundation grant funding. TAP grant applications are accepted on the first business day of each month and grants that are awarded are paid directly to a consultant to cover the costs of their consulting services. Applications are due by the business day of each month.


The Holiday Funding Partnership is a group of local organizations who collaborate annually to provide funding and support to community-based programs during the holiday season.  Partners consist of County of Humboldt Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health; First 5 Humboldt; Green Diamond Resource Company; Humboldt Area Foundation; Humboldt Association of Realtors; Humboldt Redwood Company; McLean Foundation; Pacific Gas and Electric Company; St. Joseph Health Humboldt County; St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund; Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation; and Union Labor Health Foundation. 

Grants of up to $2000 will be awarded to programs that provide food and/or clothing to benefit children, families, and seniors in need during the holidays.  

Applications for the next grant round will be available in September 2014.  For more information about the Holiday Funding Partnership grant opportunity please contact Lynn Langdon, Grants Coordinator at (707)442-2993x323 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please Note: These grants will not assist in funding toys. Instead, the Holiday Funding Partnership works directly with local toy provider partners to enhance their holiday toy programs. If you are interested in obtaining toys to distribute as part of your project, please contact our partner organizations listed below:

  • Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, Lon Winburn - (707) 725-5021 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
  • Humboldt Association of Realtors, Kristen Zeck - (707) 442-2978 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • The Salvation Army, Timothy Danielson - (707) 442-6475 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Toys for Tots, Gregg Gardner - (707) 443-4880 x309 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  


The Orvamae Emmerson Endowment Fund supports the Arcata Volunteer Fire Department, Arcata Police Department, and the treatment and prevention of arthritis and heart disease.  This grant opportunity is open to organizations in Humboldt County only. Please check back in July 2015 for more information and updated application guidelines.



North Coast residents have created over 200 scholarship funds at Humboldt Area Foundation to honor their loved ones, to support higher education and to help foster the improvement of area students as they pursue their diverse ambitions.  Scholarships range from $250 to $7,500 and applications are due in the Spring each year.


Cascadia Leadership
Humboldt Native Cultures Fund
Northern California Non Profits
Humboldt Trinity Trust Foundation
Humboldt United Labor Health Fund
Humboldt Wild Rivers
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