Grants Available

Currently Available

Below is a list of competitive grant rounds created to support our region.  These grants are made possible by the generosity of donors, fund holders, affiliates and funding partners. Other grant inquires can be sent to to be routed to appropriate contact and/or resource. Humboldt Area Foundation and Wild Rivers Community Foundation's strategic goals of racial equity, just economic development, healthy ecosystems and environments, and thriving youth and families drive our funding priorities and resource allocation. Our grants aim to minimize vulnerability and increase equity to strengthen institutions, providers and leaders across our rural and native lands.

COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund will support urgent community needs identified by our regional partners. The fund will make grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits, charitable organizations and public agencies meeting the immediate needs of residents in Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte and Curry counties. The funds priority trends with the evolution of the pandemic and is currently prioritizing vaccination efforts for vulnerable communities and the organizations that support them.

There is no written application process. Please send COVID grant inquiries to .

Fund Contacts:

For contributions, giving and fund information email Gina Zottola or call 707-267-9905. 

For questions about grants from the fund email Craig Woods or call 707-267-9913.

For media inquiries email Jarad Petroske or call 707-382-4716. 

Disaster Response & Resilience Fund

The Disaster Response & Resilience Fund  supports residents of Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte, and Curry counties, as well as adjoining Tribal lands during current and future disasters, including fires, earthquakes, flooding, and other natural and man-made disasters. Grants are made to nonprofit agencies, public benefit organizations (schools, government agencies, federally recognized Tribes, etc.), charitable organizations and groups with a qualified fiscal sponsor. 

There is no written application process, and we strive to have funds in place for both immediate disaster response and to help communities become more resilient in the face of future disasters. If you have an immediate fire related need please let us know. Please send grant inquiries to

Arcata Foundation Fund Grants

Deadline: May 15 and December 15

Contact: Elena Keltz 

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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The Hansen Family Trust Christian Endowment Fund Grants

Grant Size: Up to $5,000

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

Contact: Elena Keltz 

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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Humboldt Soccer Fund

Grant Size: Up to $10,000.00

Deadlines: Applications accepted year-round

Contact: Grants Team

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 - $10,000

Deadline: April 1 & October 15

Contact: Tayshu Bommelyn

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

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The School Enrichment Grant Program

Grant Size: Up to $5,000

Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

Contact: Elena Keltz

Fund Description: The School Enrichment Grant Program (funded through the Edward L. & Joan Nilsen Fund) accepts applications for programs supporting teachers, classrooms, and field trips, as well as nonprofits that provide direct services and programs for teachers and classrooms in Humboldt County.

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Ride to the Wild Fund

Grant Size: Typically limited to the average cost for a bus and driver (for a single outing)

Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

Contact: Elena Keltz

Fund Description: The Ride to the Wild Fund, established by Bill and Melissa Zielinski, provides funds to cover the cost of a bus or other transportation so that teachers can take their students on educational field trips to local natural areas. Humboldt County K-12 teachers are encouraged to apply and to plan experiences that increase their students’ knowledge and awareness of nature. 

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Youth Leadership Fund

Grant Size: Grant amount will vary. Up to $1,500.00, average of $1,000.00.

Deadline: Available year-round.

Fund Description: The Youth Leadership Fund supports K-12 youth in our region (Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties in California and Curry County in Oregon) by providing grants to support youth leadership development, with an emphasis on environmental and community responsibility and sustainability.  Recipients must demonstrate how their program, project, or efforts will contribute to the local environment and community.



Humboldt County Human Rights Human Trafficking Fund

Grant Size: No minimum grant size

Deadline: Open year-round; grant applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Contact: Craig Woods

Fund Description: Grants are awarded to support new or current programs in Humboldt County that are focused on one or more of the following: 
Awareness of human trafficking
Education on the definition, identification, and reporting of human trafficking
Outreach on the definition, identification, and reporting of human trafficking
Facilitation for communication between all agencies, organizations, and advocates impacted by human trafficking
Rehabilitation and the safety of victims and survivors

Currently Unavailable

*Community, Consulting and Grassroots Grant Programs

Important:  These programs are no longer available. Requests related to community-identified needs, technical-assistance and grassroots efforts can be sent to Craig Woods or Amy Jester.  


Elsie Mae Gardner Ricklefs & Richard Ricklefs Memorial Fund Grants

Grant Size: Up to $6,000

Deadline: This grant is not currently available

Contact: Elena Keltz

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, increasing emotional intelligence, and/or projects that support cultural goals of the community.
The Klamath-Trinity area is generally defined to include the communities of Somes Bar, Orleans, Weitchpec, Hoopa, Willow Creek, Salyer, and Burnt Ranch. 

Previous Application for Reference

Holiday Funding Partnership Grants

Grant Size: $500 - $2,000

Deadline: October 15 

Contact: Nik McGiffin

Fund Description: This grant offers assistance to Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity or Curry County non-profit organizations, public benefit organizations (public schools, churches, tribal governments, etc.), or qualified fiscal sponsors with holiday assistance programs offered between November 15 and January 1. The spirit of this grant is to inspire and support all of the activities that make holiday programs in our region a success. 



Rotary Club of Eureka Glyndon "Sign" and Ruth Smith Endowment Fund

Deadline: September 30 (or first business day after)

Contact: Nik McGiffin 

Fund Description: Rotary Club of Eureka is looking to fund significant projects which benefit the greater Eureka community and provide opportunities to visually recognize and honor Sign and Ruth Smith and their generosity. In most years, $25-30 thousand dollars are available for grants.


Robert M. Lochtie Memorial Fund

Deadline: November 1

Contact:  Elena Keltz

Fund Description: The Robert M. Lochtie Memorial Fund accepts applications for programs and community projects that benefit youth, education, the environment, and the arts in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Curry counties with a preference for Humboldt County.
Robert Lochtie practiced veterinary medicine in Eureka for over 30 years, building the Broadway Animal Hospital. He contributed to youth programs through 4-H, FFA, and the Boy and Girl Scouts. This fund was established in his memory in 1992 by his family.

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Redwood Empire Quilters Guild Fund Grants

Deadline: November 1

Contact: Elena Keltz

Fund Description: The purpose of Redwood Empire Quilters Guild is to promote the appreciation and knowledge of quilts; sponsor and support quilting activities and educational meetings; and encourage making, collecting and conserving quilts.

This grant/fellowship is established to encourage interest and activities in the quilting arts field by supporting educational opportunities and the cost of supplies. The community outreach effort in the quilting arts is an important consideration for disbursement of these funds. Giving back to the community through charitable work and efforts to preserve the historical perspective are additional elements that may be included. This fund will support awards up to $2,000.00 each.

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Senior Citizens Foundation Fund Grants

Deadline: November 1

Contact: Elena Keltz

Fund Description: Applications accepted for projects that support Humboldt County seniors who live in their own homes.  Examples include: meal/food programs, health, transportation support, access, as well as programs that enhance quality of life or address one-time needs enable an agency to improve the quality of its services to seniors. 

Several awards available. Grant amount will vary. Average award size is $2,000.00.

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Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund Grants

Grant Size: $500 - $2,000

Deadline: November 1

Contact:   Craig Woods

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


Victor Thomas Jacoby Award

Deadline: November 1 (application becomes available in early September)

Contact:  Elena Keltz or Craig Woods

Fund Description: The 2022 Victor Thomas Jacoby Award is available to all artists and craftspeople of Humboldt County. This fund is to support and encourage the exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques, mediums, images, etc., as well as excellence.  Artists may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. This fund will support four awards of $10,000 each.

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Summer Youth Program Mini Grants

Grant Size: average of $500

Deadline: May 2 

Contact: HAF Grants Team

Fund Description: Supports Humboldt, Del Norte and Curry county non-profits that serve youth through programs offered between June 1 and September 1.  See application for more information. If your program takes place in Trinity County, click here.




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