Past Initiatives

KernArts Now!

A grantmaking initiative focused on building the capacity of Kernís nonprofit sector with grants that improve the operations and sustainability of local arts and culture organizations.

KernArts Now! was launched in the fall of 2010 with a series of bi-weekly orientations that taught local nonprofit organizations how to complete a profile on the Foundationís online Nonprofit Search. In April 2011, with support from The James Irvine Foundation and local donors, an inaugural portfolio of competitive grants totaling $75,000 was awarded to ten organizations from KernArts Now!  An additional $40,000 in grants was distributed to a total of twenty-five arts and culture organizations through a KernArts Match Challenge. These organizations used their online profile and other 21st century philanthropy tools available through the Foundationís Nonprofit Search to generate contributions from more than 125 people in just a few days. In 2012 another round of competitive grants was held for local organizations, totaling in $46,433 to seven arts and culture organizations.

Read about the KernArts Now! grant recipients here.

KernHealth Now!

A grantmaking initiative focused on building the capacity of Kernís nonprofit sector with grants that improve the operations and sustainability of local nonprofit health organizations and/or programs in Kern County. This initiative specifically targets projects that provide direct health services to low-income and underserved residents of rural Kern County.

KernHealth Now! was launched in the summer of 2011 with a series of bi-weekly orientations that taught local nonprofit organizations how to complete a profile on the Foundationís online Nonprofit Search. In November 2011, with support from The California Wellness Foundation and local donors, an inaugural portfolio of competitive grants totaling $70,000 was awarded to ten organizations from KernHealth Now!  In November 2012, the competitive grants round was continued with support from The California Wellness Foundation and local donors, totaling $70,425 that was awarded to seven organizations. 

Read about the KernHealth Now! grant recipients here.