Grants

Available Grants

Available Grants

Please note that to be eligible to apply for a grant from OCCF, you must complete a Nonprofit Central profile.* Click here to create your profile and get started.  

*This does not apply to the FEDCO Teacher Grant Program or to the TK Foundation Youth Sailing Program.

For more information about available grants, or to request the RFP, please contact Austin Muckenthaler at [email protected].

ARTS & CULTURE

Jane Deming Fund

 The 2020 deadline has passed please check back in February 2021 for information on the next application cycle.

The Jane Deming Fund is a permanent endowment at the Orange County Community Foundation. This grant program reflects Jane Deming’s commitment to charities located in Orange County that are producing, participating in, performing or supporting musical activities, or musical education. Due to her passion to improve the lives of under-served youth and her love of classical music, special consideration will be given to programs that:

  • Involve stringed instruments
  • Provide tuition for music camps and workshops
  • Purchase musical instruments for promising music students
  • Produce musical performances reaching new or under-served communities

2020 Grant Timeline

  • Request for Proposals available: March 9, 2020
  • Proposals due: April 1, 2020
  • Grant decisions announced: June 2020
  • Grant funding period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Robert & Doreen Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts & Classical Music

The 2020 deadline has passed please check back in February 2021 for information on the next application cycle.

The Robert and Doreen Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music is a permanent endowment fund at the Orange County Community Foundation. This annual competitive grant program reflects the Marshall’s love of classical music and performing arts. Funding priorities include support of dramatic arts and classical music programs in Orange County with a special emphasis on the following:

  • Opera, choral and symphonic performances
  • Dramatic arts performance groups
  • Arts education for youth regarding dramatic arts and/or classical music

2020 Grant Timeline:

  • Request for Proposals available: March 9, 2020
  • Proposals due: April 1, 2020
  • Grant decisions announced: June 2020
  • Grant funding period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

San Clemente History, Arts & Culture Fund

The 2020 deadline has passed please check back in February 2021 for information on the next application cycle.

The San Clemente History, Arts & Culture fund is a permanent endowment at the Orange County Community Foundation. This grant program reflects the anonymous donor’s commitment to charities located in, or providing services in San Clemente that are providing one or more of the following elements:

  • Producing arts & culture activities
  • Participating in arts & culture activities
  • Performing Arts
  • Arts Education

2020 Grant Timeline:

  • Request for Proposals available: March 9, 2020
  • Proposals due: April 1, 2020
  • Grant decisions announced: June 2020
  • Grant funding period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

EDUCATION

FEDCO Teach Grant Program

FEDCO Teacher Grant Program will not be accepting unsolicited proposals in 2020. Please check back in 2021 for an update.

The Orange County Community Foundation, in partnership with the FEDCO Charitable Foundation, provides grants for full-time Orange County public school teachers serving students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. FEDCO teacher grants provide up to $750 per teacher for hands-on classroom projects or field trips that bring “learning to life.” Priority is given to schools in underserved communities and/or have a high percentage of students that quality for free and reduced lunch programs.

ENVIRONMENT & ANIMAL WELFARE

Partnership for the Care of our Environment

Partnership for the Care of Our Environment will not be accepting unsolicited proposals in 2020. Please check back in 2021 for an update.

The Orange County Community Foundation is pleased to continue its support of environment education programs and the creation or support of trails and open space.

Environmental Education:

  • Hands-on education programs, delivered in coordination with school science curriculum, to students either in class or in the field by environmental organizations. Preference may be given to programs that encourage and incorporate parental involvement.
  • Programs that increase awareness and understanding about energy, water, conservation of natural resources and other pressing resource issues which prepare children and adults to effectively address these issues throughout their lives.

Conservation & Preservation:

  • Creation or support of urban parks, gardens, greenways, trails and rivers.
  • Development or support of environmental sustainability programs – e.g. hydroponics, development of innovative drought solutions, programs that reduce waste.

Henry W. & Ellen R Warne Family Endowment Fund for Endangered Species

The Henry W. & Ellen R Warne Family Endowment Fund was founded at the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) as a permanent endowment that reflects the Warne Family’s commitment to protecting and promoting the protection of endangered species. Orange County’s endangered species and their ecosystems face significant ecological threats, which include increased population and housing development, habitat fragmentation/destruction, climate change, and recreational impacts. This fund seeks applications from qualified non-profit organizations, or groups of organizations, which focus on one or more of the following goals:

Goal 1: Improve health and resilience of critical coastal endangered species ecosystems

Outcomes in the CSS ecosystems and EEL ecoregion under this goal include increased leveraged funds for habitat improvement, increased capacity for climate adaptation planning, increased acres of connected endangered species habitat through acquisition and/or restoration, and increased new acres of endangered species habitat secured.

Goal 2: Sustain or increase coastal endangered species populations

Outcomes in the CSS ecosystem and EEL ecoregion under this goal include stronger partnerships with key multi-sectoral organizations to support adaptive management and science-based decision-making and increased endangered species populations in new and existing habitats.

HUMAN SERVICES

Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women

The Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women will not be accepting unsolicited proposals in 2020. Please check back in 2021 for an update.

The Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women is a permanently endowed field-of-interest fund of the Orange County Community Foundation. To fulfill Mrs. Oser’s philanthropic intent, grants are made annually to organizations that directly benefit the lives of women. Since it was established at OCCF in 2005, the Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women has granted over $5 million to help support women.

This year, in response to the impact of COVID-19, OCCF developed a Relief and Recovery grant strategy to align OCCF Field of Interest granting with the OC Community Resilience Fund to best respond to the current challenges of Orange County nonprofits by providing flexible core operating support. OCCF identified opportunities to support organizations providing health, education, and social service programs to women.