Annual Grant Program
Each spring, the West Sacramento Foundation awards grants to registered 501(c)3 organizations that directly benefit the residents of West Sacramento. Grants are usually range between $150 to $2,000 and are for projects that can be implemented during the calendar year.
The grant program is possible because of generous donors and sponsors. Thank you!
What We Fund
- Projects and services that improve the quality of life for West Sacramento residents.
- Projects and services that will be delivered or completed within one year of the award date.
- Organizations that are located in West Sacramento or deliver services in West Sacramento.
- Grant requests between $500 and $2,000.
Grants at A Glance
|Grant Amount||$150 to $2,000|
|Available to||Organizations that directly serve West Sacramento residents|
|Applications close||5:00pm on the last Friday in February|
|Awards announced||5:00pm on the third Monday in April|
|Checks distributed||By April 30|
|Recipient reports due||By December 10|
West Sacramento Foundation Grant Eligibility
–Registered Non-Profit Status: Only organizations that are currently registered as section 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service are considered.
–Location: Organizations that are located in West Sacramento or operate services in West Sacramento are given priority. Organizations in surrounding communities must show how Foundation grant funding will used for West Sacramento residents.
–Number of Applications: One application per 501(c)(3) per year. If you organization has multiple tax IDs, we recommend that you use very different names on the application. For example, use Women’s Group at Church Name and Men’s Group at Church Name instead of Church Name first.
–Previous Reporting: If you previously received a grant from the West Sacramento Foundation, you must report use of the funds in writing by mail, email, or document upload before grant applications open.
What We Do Not Fund
-General operating expenses, which includes paying rent, utilities, postage, insurance, and internet fees.
-Payments to people or companies for labor, this includes wages for staff or payment to a contractor to perform work. If it’s income that the person claims on their taxes, grant money cannot be used to pay it.
-Any fundraising activities, including money toward a capital campaign or endowment.
-Purchase, acquisition or creation of items that will be resold, which includes agriculture.
-Money that you intend to give to individuals, this includes awarding scholarships, giving money to people for their living expenses, and giving money as a travel stipend.
-Payment of dues or membership fees to other organizations.
-Retirement or settlement of existing debt.
-Acquisition or renovation of equipment or facilities (usually something that requires a permit for demolition or construction.)
-Funding to K-12 schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported services.
-Political or partisan purposes, activities that promote a religious doctrine, and organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
West Sacramento Foundation Grants Success Stories
River City Rowing Club
The Rowing Club is a West Sacramento non-profit that operates near the Port of Sacramento. With a small grant from the West Sacramento Foundation, the RCRC bought durable outdoor flooring to provide a safe space for West Sacramento athletes to continue their conditioning when COVID prevented rowing and indoor training.
The West Sacramento Friends of the Library
The WSFOL has been supporting library services in the community for almost 60 years. During the pandemic, WSFOL supported the Arthur F. Turner Community Library’s staff and volunteers with curbside pickup service and telephone assistance. A grant from the West Sacramento Foundation purchased tents and weights so that staff and volunteers had protection from the sun and rain. The tents continue to be used for outdoor events.
Starting Point for Refugee Children
Starting Point provides basic supplies for newly arrived refugee children and their families, and helps enhance their education and lives with a soccer program and computer skills class. During COVID, Starting Point asked for support to buy Halal food boxes for families that were unemployed. It filled a vital gap for in providing food that follows the dietary restrictions of these families’ faith.
Yolo Basin Foundation
The Yolo Basin Foundation helps people West Sacramento residents learn about and appreciate ecological diversity of the wildlife area and encourage a lifetime of healthy outdoor activities. During COVID, YBF transitioned the Discover the Flyway school program and Bat Walk and Talk to live, online sessions. With a grant from the West Sacramento Foundation, YBF bought tablets with cellular communication and an external microphone to deliver interactive learning live from the wildlife area, which also helped teachers keep their students engaged through virtual fieldtrips.
Mercy Coalition feeds lunch to West Sacramento residents experiencing homelessness, supports the Project Homekey residents, and runs rotating Winter Warming Centers in coordination with local churches. In 2019, a grant from the West Sacramento Foundation helped Mercy serve breakfast at the Warming Centers seven days a week and buy laundry supplies. Of the 63 people who used the Warming Centers in 2018-19, 19% found permanent housing before program ended. Others went back to school, were encouraged and accompanied to court and medical appointments, began participating in weekly recovery meetings, and became regular attendees at the host churches.
Yolo Food Bank
Founded as a volunteer-run backyard gleaning program, Yolo Food Bank has grown to an organizational network of staff, volunteers and more than 80 nonprofit partner organizations. Demand for food assistance grew 60% during COVID and the the Food Bank needed more food, more distribution locations, and more supplies to keep staff, volunteers and customers safe. The West Sacramento Foundation responded with an emergency grant of $5,000 to help tackle food insecurity in West Sac.