Overview

Since our founding, the Inland Empire Community Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations that are doing vital work in health and human services, support to children and families, arts and culture, education – and for civic and environment benefit. In 2019, the Foundation gave more than $15 million in grants, of which nearly $4 million were for scholarships and education.

The grantmaking we do achieves meaningful, measurable results and leverages significant investments from other foundations, donors and government sources.

At IECF we accept competitive grant proposals from nonprofit organizations who serve the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino County during specific grant cycles.

Our Grants Committee reviews all information and makes recommendations to the full Board of Directors, who then make the final decisions on all competitive grants.

Grant Opportunities

Each of the competitive grants available to nonprofit agencies are listed along with a link to an online or downloadable application.

IE COVID-19 Resilience Fund
Opening Date: April 29, 2020
Download Guidelines and Application

2020 Community Impact Fund Grant
Opening Date:  Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
Closing Date:  Wednesday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Download Online Portal Guide
Download Grant Guidelines
Download Capacity Building Activities
Download Capacity Building Areas
Online Grant Application
Return to Application in Progress

Community Impact Fund Grant Evaluation Report
Community Impact Fund Grant Evaluation Questions

Environmental Education Small Grant Program
Application Deadline: March 23, 2020
Environmental Education Small Grant Application

Field of Interest Funds
Opening Date: June 15, 2020, 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Closing Date: July 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Online Portal Guide
Grant Guidelines

Field of Interest Fund Grant Evaluation Report
Field of Interest Fund Grant Evaluation Questions

Irene S. Rockwell Fund
Irene S Rockwell Online Grant Application
Return to Application in Progress

Fred Stebler & Eva V. Stebler Foundation Fund
Fred Stebler & Eva V Stebler Online Grant Application
Return to Application in Progress

Seraphim Fund
Seraphim Online Grant Application
Return to Application in Progress

James Bernard & Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund
James Bernard & Mildred Jordan Tucker Online Grant Application
Return to Application in Progress

Idyllwild Community Fund
Opening Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Closing Date:  Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Download Grant Guidelines
Download Online Portal Guide
Online Grant Application

Idyllwild Community Fund Grant Evaluation Report

Youth Grantmakers

Coachella Valley Youth Grantmakers Fund  | Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Grant Guidelines and Application (Microsoft Word)
The Coachella Valley Youth Grantmakers Fund was established in 2014 by The Community Foundation. High schools students ages 15-18, called Youth Grantmakers, address issues important to them by participating in grantmaking, a formal practice of philanthropy. The Coachella Valley Youth Grantmakers survey their peers, conduct nonprofit site visits, review grant proposals, and make grant recommendations based on local youth needs.

Native Youth Grantmakers Fund  | Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Grant Guidelines and Application (Microsoft Word)
The Native Youth Grantmakers Fund was established in 2016 by The Community Foundation. High schools students ages 15-18, called Youth Grantmakers, address issues important to them by participating in grantmaking, a formal practice of philanthropy. The Native Youth Grantmakers survey their peers, conduct nonprofit site visits, review grant proposals, and make grant recommendations based on local youth needs.

Riverside Youth Grantmakers Fund  | Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Grant Guidelines and Application (Microsoft Word)
The Riverside Youth Grantmakers Fund was established by The Community Foundation in 2009. Riverside high schools students ages 15-18, called Youth Grantmakers, address issues important to them by participating in grantmaking, a formal practice of philanthropy. The Youth Grantmakers survey their peers, conduct site visits, review grant proposals, and make grant recommendations based on local youth needs.

San Bernardino Youth Grantmakers Fund | Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Grant Guidelines and Application (Microsoft Word)
The San Bernardino Youth Grantmakers Fund was established in 2014 by The Community Foundation. High schools students ages 15-18, called Youth Grantmakers, address issues important to them by participating in grantmaking, a formal practice of philanthropy. The San Bernardino Youth Grantmakers survey their peers, conduct nonprofit site visits, review grant proposals, and make grant recommendations based on local youth needs.

Community Impact Fund

The Community Impact Fund is comprised of unrestricted contributions that allow the Foundation to make grants to eligible nonprofits and strengthen organizational capacity, effectiveness, and sustainability to meet the most critical needs in our communities.

This simple giving vehicle enables donors with broad charitable interests to pool their gifts with other donated funds to focus on high-priority needs identified by the Grants Review Committee and Board of Directors.

Capacity Building Activities
Capacity Building Areas

2019 Community Impact Grantees

Arts Connection
Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Foundation
Calicinto Ranch, Inc.
California Partnership
Canine Support Teams, Inc.
Child Advocates of San Bernardino County
Cove Communities Senior Association
Desert Blind Association, Inc.
Dezart Performs
The Empowerment Center
Growing Inland Achievement
HIV + Aging Research Project
The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs, Inc
Making Hope Happen Foundation
My Learning Studio Outreach
Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities
Samaritan Counseling Center
United States Adaptive Recreation Center
United Way of the Desert
Young Idyllwild, Inc
Youth Mentoring Action Network

Grantee Toolkit

Congratulations on your award!

IECF is proud to support your important work in the community. We encourage you share news of your grant award and its impact over time via digital, social, and print media.

To help you get started, we’ve provided the following guidelines on the best ways to promote your grant project.

View Communication Guidelines

Agency Endowment Funds

Nonprofit organizations may establish an Agency Fund at the Inland Empire Community Foundation that earn interest through pooled investments and offer a reliable source of financial support for the organization.

Agency Endowment
An endowment fund gives organizations the opportunity to create a fund that generates investment income, year after year, which can be drawn down in set annual payments to the organization or reinvested in the fund to grow over time.

The permanence of an endowment fund is both appealing and reassuring to donors and nonprofit boards of directors who seek the enduring value of a dedicated source of income for the organization.

A portion of the earned income can be drawn down in set annual payments or reinvested in the fund to grow over time, according to the organization’s needs, so help nonprofits build funds for a project or future operational needs.

Agency Fund Distribution Request Form PDF

Agency Endowment Funds

AFVW Foundation “In Need” Endowment Fund
AFVW Foundation Fund
Assistance League of San Bernardino Fund
Animal Samaritans Restricted Reserve Fund
Guhl Medical Scholarship Fund
Life Care Fund
Lewis Medical Scholarship Fund
Margaret B. Branchflower Endowment Fund
Baldy View ROP Endowment Fund
Crafton Hills College Foundation Fund
California Scottish Rite Foundation Fund
Dollars For Scholars Scholarship Fund
Neuro Vitality Foundation Fund
HIV/Housing/Homeless Fund
Red Ribbon Fund
Peggy Fouke Wortz Friends of the Family Fund to Benefit Family Services Association of Western Riverside County
Friends of My Family Fund
Fox Cultural Arts Fund
Lehmer Endowment Trust Fund
Guide Dogs of the Desert Securing Our Future
The High Desert Community Foundation Endowment Funds
Hemet Education Foundation Endowment Fund
Hemet Hospice Volunteers, Inc. Fund
Hemet Library Foundation Fund
Inland Futures Foundation of San Bernardino Community College District Fund
Idyllwild Help Center Burgess Fund
Idyllwild Pines Endowment Fund
JFS Legacy Fund
Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Compensation Fund
Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Maintenance Fund
Junior League of Riverside Agency Endowment
Kiwanis Club of Riverside Endowment Fund
Riverside Land Conservancy Fund
Riverside Public Library Foundation Fund
March Field Museum Fund
The Mizell Senior Center Endowment Fund
Mighty Oaks Legacy Endowment Fund
Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation Funds
Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars Fund
Perris Valley Heritage Fund
Regional Access Project Foundation Fund
Redlands Bowl Performing Arts Fund
Riverside Education Enrichment Fund
Riverside Museum Associates Heritage House Fund
Riverside Museum Associates/Rible Education Fund
Riverside Museum Associates/General Support Fund
Operation Safe House Endowment Fund
San Bernardino Symphony Association Fund
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation Fund
Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation – Ellis Fund
Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation Endowment Fund
Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Temple Beth El Legacy Fund
The Joslyn Center Fund
Upland Community Foundation Endowment Fund
The Unforgettables Foundation Endowment
Victoria Avenue Forever

Celia Cudiamat

Celia Cudiamat

Senior Vice President, Grants and Community Impact

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