We link donors to charitable projects that improve the quality of life for Napa County’s residents.

Get a grant

There are two ways to get a grant from the Community Foundation:

Donor-recommended grants: The Community Foundation stewards a variety of donor advised funds. Grants are awarded from a donor advised fund based upon recommendations from the donors that set up the fund or their designated representatives.

Competitive grants: The Community Foundation has several funds that award grants on a competitive basis. Each competitive grant fund has a unique focus area, like education or strengthening vulnerable families. Each fund also has different application requirements.

Please read the following eligibility criteria, and the process for submitting a request for funding. If you are already in direct contact with our Philanthropic Services staff about a particular funding request, they will give you guidance on next steps.


To be eligible for a grant, your organization or project must have one of the following:

  • 501(c)(3) public charity status
  • Fiscal sponsorship of your project by a 501(c)(3) public charity
  • Educational institution (public or private schools) status
  • Public agency status (e.g., the Napa County Health & Human Services Agency)
  • Religious institution status

Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Benefits of your organization’s or project’s work must accrue significantly to Napa County residents
  • A current budget for your organization and/or project

The Community Foundation will not consider grant requests for:

  • Groups not complying with IRS filing requirements
  • Political parties or candidates
  • Individuals
  • Scholarships or re-granting programs
  • Events or fundraisers
  • Fundraising by one agency on behalf of another
  • Travel for conferences, workshops or performing arts events outside of Napa County
  • Groups or projects that confer goods and services, or other benefits, to the donor advisor in exchange for a grant

How to submit a request for funding

If your request fits with the above eligibility criteria, please send us a brief letter (1-2 pages only) that describes your organization, and its scope of work or project. Include the Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN) for your organization or fiscal sponsor in the letter, and tell us about your organization and/or project’s annual budget. Please also describe how the organization/project’s work accrues significantly to Napa County residents.

Email us your letter to Philanthropic Services staff will review and respond to your letter within 90 days of receipt.



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