Change Starts Here

Community foundations are often known first and foremost as grantmakers. Providing support to great causes is a crucial part of how we help transformation happen thanks to the generosity of donors.

Our grantmaking and community initiatives team shapes grant opportunities that award dollars to nonprofit organizations addressing the most pressing needs and promising opportunities in Orange County and beyond – all while carrying out the intent of donors that made the grants possible. We also connect people and champion opportunities that no one person or organization can pursue on their own.


Our Board of Governors sets policies and priorities for each fund established at the Orange County Community Foundation from which a grant may be awarded. Depending on a fund’s purpose, our board, our staff, our grants and scholarships committees, and advisors to our funds are able to recommend grants, from Strategic Initiatives to donor-advised funds. Our professional staff and our dedicated board ensure that every grant made is legal, charitable, and fulfills the intent of the donor.

Grant Opportunities

Our grantmaking team stands ready to help nonprofits apply for a grant. Whether it’s writing the very first first grant, or the hundredth, we are here to help local nonprofits be as successful as possible. Discover all of the grant opportunities that are available through the Orange County Community Foundation.

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Carol Ferguson Senior Director, Donor & Community Engagement

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