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Grants Overview

A thriving nonprofit sector is key to fulfilling our vision of effective philanthropy building stronger communities. The Central Valley Community Foundation is a partner and funder to a wide range of organizations doing important and innovative work in the Valley.

We are committed to supporting financial strength and building organizational capacity. Our grant-making continues to be an important source of funds in the region and through the Center for Community we are helping leverage resources and increase impact.

For more than fifty years the Central Valley Community Foundation (formerly Fresno Regional Foundation) has been a trusted partner in philanthropy in the Valley. From 2005-2015 we granted over $95 million to agencies and organizations who are working to create positive change in our region.

CVCF Grantmaking

Though the majority of our grants are directed to nonprofits by our fundholders according to their own interests, our Foundation-directed grantmaking continues to grow, and we are committed to supporting an array of funding opportunities that serve the diverse needs of our community.

We invite you to browse our Foundation-directed grant opportunities by category below, review our recently awarded grants, and see the grant opportunities that are currently accepting proposals.

Our current areas of focus are:

  1. Expanding Opportunities for Youth
  2. Strengthening Arts and Culture Organizations
  3. Regional Sustainability
  4. Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  5. Organizational Effectiveness

We have ongoing competitive grant cycles throughout the year. Click below to explore these funding opportunities:

Arts and Culture

The intersection of Arts, Culture, and Community

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Youth and Early Learning

Preparing youth for success in career and life

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Regional Sustainability

Smart Growth and the Environment, and Transformative Climate Communities

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TOY

Transformational Opportunities for Youth (formerly Teen Pregnancy Prevention)

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Other Foundation’s Offerings

Center for Community

CVCF’s Center for Community is a collaboration hub for donors, nonprofits, philanthropy professionals and the local community.

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Agency Funds

CBOs can establish their own designated fund or endowment. It’s a simple and efficient way to help create sustainability for the organization.

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CVCF Grant Opportunities

To begin the application process, go to our Fluxx Portal. You many need to request an account. 

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So many, very worthy organizations, with limited resources to fund them all, but CVCF makes the process fair and equitable for the ultimate benefit of our entire community!The grant making process is truly one of the most comprehensive processes I have ever been a part of, both personally and professionally!

Sandy Brown

Pastor/Director of Finance, Business Administration, and Facilities Operations New Covenant Community Church, New Covenant Church