Applications were due Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PST).

The Sozosei Foundation Community Fund is accepting grant proposals from eligible organizations that serve under-resourced and marginalized local communities, and seeking to do work within the following areas: arts, food security, health and well-being, racial justice, and social and legal services. Eligible organizations may submit video or written requests for grant funding.

Requests for funding must support project specific work, and/or organizational capacity building (you may request funding for one or both.) Examples of organizational capacity building includes, but is not limited to: strategic planning, Executive coaching, and DEI organizational coaching. If seeking funding for organizational capacity building, be sure to describe how your request will support advancing the mission of your organization.

AVAILABLE FUNDING
The Sozosei Foundation Community Fund has committed a total of up to $65,000 for this current grant program. The grant amount ranges an applicant may request under this program is $5,000 – $15,000 (maximum).

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The Sozosei Foundation Community Fund will accept grant applications from organizations that meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, classified as a public charity, not as a “private foundation” under section for 509(a), are designated a 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) organization, or fiscally sponsored
  • Serving residents of Stockton, Tracy, Lathrop or Manteca

SELECTION CRITERIA
The Sozosei Foundation Community Fund will accept grant requests from eligible organizations seeking funding for projects or activities that directly align with the Sozosei Foundation Community Fund grants program. In its grantmaking, the Community Foundation believes that equity, inclusion and diversity are core to our impact in the community. No effort to serve our community is too small nor insignificant. Within this area of focus, preference in the application evaluation process will be given to organizations that are: 1) minority led; 2) serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); 3) have not previously received funding through the Sozosei Foundation Community Fund; and 4) organizations with operating budgets less than one million dollars. This criteria will guide the application review process of the Sozosei Foundation Community Fund Committee. 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
There will be a six-month progress report and twelve-month closeout grant report.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Applications must be submitted online through the CFOSJ online grant portal link above, or by CLICKING HERE.
  • To assist with the application process, you may view a PDF of the grant application by CLICKING HERE.  However, paper applications will not be considered for funding. If your organization meets the eligibility requirements, be sure to apply through the CFOSJ online grant portal. 

REQUEST FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Requests for technical assistance with using our online grant portal, including any questions about the Sozosei Foundation Community Fund grant application, please contact Louis Ponick by e-mail at lponick@cfosj.org with the subject line “Sozosei Foundation Community Fund” or by calling 209-943-2375.