Community Impact Fund:

Supporting DEI Learning and Work in the IE

**Update: The Community Impact Fund grant application period is now closed.

Grantmaking with an Equity Lens

IECF is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Community Impact Fund (CIF)! In the past, IECF has provided capacity building grants through its endowed fund. In March 2020, IECF adopted a focus on racial, gender, and economic equity. This means ensuring our staff and Board reflect the communities we serve and that our grantmaking builds the voice and power of our grantees to transform their communities.  It also means listening to and incorporating the lived experiences of people who daily struggle to achieve safety, health, and prosperity in the Inland Empire.  In doing this work, IECF will rely on data that shows where disparities exist to drive our grantmaking, programs, and partnerships. IECF is walking this journey with its Board, staff, and stakeholders to better use community philanthropy to create a fairer Inland Empire. IECF stands firmly against racism and all forms of oppression, prioritizing equity, inclusion, and diversity in our community work. In support of this commitment, our 2021 CIF grants will explicitly support groups in the IE to continue on and work towards these values and practices.

Nonprofit organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties that demonstrate learning needs or are currently engaged in this work are encouraged to apply. Applications will be screened for eligibility and completeness by IECF program staff. The Grants Committee will evaluate eligible applications and will forward grant recommendations to the IECF Board of Directors for final approval.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Focus

IECF invites organizations that are on their DEI journey—organizations that are practicing DEI or are learning to incorporate DEI into their organizational culture, structure, strategies, programs and services. We also use the D5 Coalition definition of DEI.

Grants range up to $20,000

Opening Date: December 6, 2021

Closing Date: January 17, 2022



  •  Nonprofit, public benefit organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation.
  •  Organizations that operate so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability
  •  Nonprofit organizations that have an operating budget of $2 million or less.

Download Grant Guidelines & Application Instructions
Apply for the Community Impact Grant Fund

For help with applying, two technical assistance workshops will be offered on: December 14, 2021 and January 6, 2022 from 4:00-5:00PM.


Contact us:

Organizations will be notified of funding decisions by March 21, 2022. Organizations are encouraged to contact IECF staff at any time should they have questions about their application. Because IECF offices are currently closed, the best way to reach staff with general questions and inquiries about the Fund is through