Community Giving

CEF offers grants up to $15K for youth-serving nonprofits in West Contra Costa

Community Giving Initiative grants support local organizations that encourage youth leadership, creativity, and cultural expression

The Chamberlin Education Foundation announced today that the application period for its annual Community Giving Initiative is open to all eligible organizations through November 4. 

Launched in 2018, the Community Giving Initiative (CGI) provides grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to West Contra Costa Youth. 

“Right now, students need all the community-based support they can get to reconnect with their peers, with their own creative and cultural identities, and with services that help them and their families make it through today’s unique challenges,” said Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Chamberlin Education Foundation. 

“While our foundation primarily supports student success inside the classroom, we know that many of our young people and their families rely on services that they connect with outside of school,” Phillips said. 

“CGI allows us to extend our support to dozens of local, youth-serving organizations that are so critical to young people’s well-being and long-term success,” she said. 

In 2020 alone, CGI grants totaling more than $208,000 supported 33 organizations across West Contra Costa. Combined, these organizations provided direct service to more than 76,000 youth across the county, according to self-reported data from grant applications.

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Above and top: Youth participants enjoy creative programming at Quinan Street Project. Photos courtesey of Quinan Street Project, 2019. Published with permission.

While the Chamberlin Education Foundation (CEF) primarily focuses its support on strengthening academic success and education equity within the area’s K-12 public schools, it delivers CGI grants annually in recognition that youth need a diverse range of learning experiences to maintain their overall growth and success. 

Past CGI grantees have included Building Blocks for Kids, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, The RYSE Center, Richmond Promise, Urban Tilth, and others that make a significant difference in the lives of local youth participants. A complete list of 2020 CGI grantees is available here

The CEF team uses a public evaluation rubric to review eligible applicants, and will announce CGI grantees on Giving Tuesday (November 30, 2021). 

Any nonprofit organization that serves youth in West Contra Costa can apply by November 4, 2021.

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YES Nature to Neighborhoods ensures that local youth build leadership skills while connecting with the natural world. Photo courtesy of YES Nature to Neighborhoods, 2019. Published with permission.

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