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

Grant Agreement:doc In Word l pdf In PDF

Photo Release Form: doc In Word l pdf In PDF 


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 are no longer being accepted for this program.  Please check back in February 2016 for applications and guidelines. 



For more information please contact Lynn Langdon, Grants Coordinator at (707)267-9914 or   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



 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.  

The Field of Interest Grant Program will become available online September 1st and will be due on November 3, 2014 at 5pm for the following categories: 

  • Arts and Culture
  • Companion Animal Welfare & Rescue
  • Education
  • Natural Environment
  • Senior Opportunities
  • Southern Humboldt

For more information please contact Cassandra Wagner, Program Manager at (707) 442-2993 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

Victor Thomas Jacoby was a Humboldt County artist whose medium was French tapestry. He was internationally renowned for innovation in his field. When Jacoby passed away in 1997, he left a generous bequest to set up a fund with Humboldt Area Foundation, which would support visual artists and craftspeople, and encourage the exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques, mediums, images, and excellence. His vision inspired others to add to his fund. In 2009, Rosalind Novick left a gift to help accomplish Jacoby’s dream. Each fall, local artists apply through Humboldt Area Foundation's Field of Interest Grant Program for the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award by submitting ten examples of their work and a description of how they want to innovate and push their art to the next level. 

A booklet of Victor Thomas Jacoby Award winners is published, with financial support from the Kay Gott Chaffey Jacoby Award Book Fund.


  pdf 2014_victor_thomas_jacoby_award_complete_booklet








The Peter E. Palmquist  grant for historical photographic research was establised to support the study of under-reserached women photographers internationally, past and present and under-researched Western American photographers before 1900. If interested in applying, please view the application below:

doc Peter E. Palmquist 2014 pdf Peter E. Palmquist 2014 


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

1.  S1.  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.  Ad  Addresses a pressing community issue

3.  In I  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.  Ma Makes use of collaborative relationships and partnerships

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

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

6.  Ma 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.  De Develops a plan for sustainability, including diversification of funding sources, so that the effort is carried on without

assuaassuming reliance on future Humboldt Area Foundation grant sources

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

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

10. AAAdresses social inequity.



 ons Applications must be postmarked or delivered by the given deadline in order to be considered for the   

currecurrent grant round. Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next grant round.  


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


doc community_grant_app_2015-2016 l pdf community_grant_app_2015-2016


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.

The 2015 grant cycle has concluded.  Applications will be available Fall 2015 for the 2016 round.  

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.



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 First 5 Humboldt; Green Diamond Resource Company; Humboldt Area Foundation; 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.  

The deadline for applications has passed (October 1, 2014).  Congratulations to the over 40 organizations who received funding to help our community.  

For more information about the Holiday Funding Partnership, please contact Lynn Langdon, Grants Coordinator at (707)267-9914 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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