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Community Giving Initiative

Student success extends beyond the school day. Our Community Giving Initiative is one way we support nonprofit organizations that serve youth across our community. 

Add your organization to our CGI invitation list!

All year we gather information about local, youth-serving organizations that may be eligible for CGI grants, and invite eligible organizations to apply. 

Interested in applying for a CGI grant? Sign up for updates!


Nonprofit organizations that provide direct-service to West Contra Costa youth are eligible to apply for a Community Giving Initiative (CGI) grant of up to $15,000. Our team uses a publicly-available evaluation rubric to help determine funding amounts for CGI grants.

Youth served by CGI orgs annually
Orgs funded in 2020
2020 Support


To be eligible for a Community Giving Initiative grant, non-profit organizations must provide direct service to youth in West Contra Costa. See detailed eligibility info below. 

Featured CGI Recipients

Community Giving Initiative 1
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
Community Giving Initiative 2
Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy
Community Giving Initiative 5
Bright Futures Growth and Development Center
Community Giving Initiative 6
Early Childhood Mental Health Program
Community Giving Initiative 7
Richmond Art Center

Community Giving Initiative FAQ

Grant funds must be used to support the overall mission of the organization in service to West Contra Costa youth. Funds can be used for general operating expenses or specific programmatic initiatives. CEF does not require grant reports for CGI grants.

Your organization is eligible to apply for a Community Giving Initiative grant if it:

  • Is a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing (or fiscally sponsored by one)
  • Provides direct-service to youth (ages 0-21) in West Contra Costa County, CA (Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, El Cerrito, Pinole, Hercules, and unincorporated portions of West Contra Costa)
  • Is not a school (public or private), a parent teacher association, a booster club, or other school or alumni fundraising organization.

No. In the past we required a community member to complete a nomination, but this year you’re encouraged to express interest (in the blue section at the top of this page) on behalf of your own organization, or on behalf of any other organization you think may be eligible for a CGI grant. A member of our team will follow up once we receive your name and email. 

Once a member of our team verifies an organization’s eligibility, we will contact you to invite you to apply ( typically in late October).

An online application form link will be delivered via email, and the electronic application must be completed in full and submitted by the Application Deadline. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. We will send an automated confirmation of receipt of your application after it is successfully submitted. Our team will contact you once we have determined your CGI grant amount (if applicable). 

The CGI evaluation rubric affords transparency in our grantmaking process. It helps our team determine the grant amount (up to $15,000) based on key characteristics of the organization and the youth it serves.