Striving to support the nonprofit community of Kern County

Kern Community Foundation strives to support the nonprofit community of Kern County not just for today but for generations to come. This support comes in the form of competitive grants and a wide range of professional development and visibility opportunities. Our goal is to foster a vibrant and collaborative nonprofit community.

Attracting Funding from the Foundation

Because we are a community foundation, the majority of our grants are directed by our fundholders according to their interests. Additionally, even though the Foundation has grown to almost $20 million in total assets, more than 65% of those funds are endowed, meaning that we must protect the principal and can only grant out a small percentage annually.

While donor-directed grantmaking continues to have a major impact in our community, we also manage a handful of community initiatives’ competitive grants. We invite you to learn more about these competitive grants here.

Register with the Foundation

By registering with Kern Community Foundation, local nonprofits are eligible for a wide range of opportunities including visibility, capacity, and sustainability.

  1. Have a Silver, Gold, or Platinum level participation seal on your GuideStar report. Not sure of your nonprofit’s status? Search on GuideStar. Need to create or update your GuideStar report? You can find instructions here.
  2. Fill out the registration form on our online grants platform. Create an account or log in to your existing one. Then click Apply and select Nonprofit Registration for Foundation Services.

View our Nonprofit Services One-Sheet for further information about Foundation-directed grantmaking and additional resources for grant seekers in our community.

Creating Long-Term Stability through the Foundation

Through an Agency Endowment Fund with the Foundation, community organizations can set aside funds to increase long-term stability, plan for future growth or add to the organization’s credibility with key donors. When you partner with the Foundation, we work closely with the leadership of your organization to help establish a fund that supports your goals for today and in the future. As an additional benefit, the Foundation handles the administration of the fund, leaving your staff and board free to focus on what matters – your mission on behalf of the community.