Kern Community Foundation offers competitive grant opportunities at different times throughout the year.
All grant applications must be submitted on our Online Grant Platform accessible from the “Apply Online” buttons below.
ATTENTION NONPROFIT AGENCIES APPLYING WITH US FOR THE FIRST TIME:
Our “Nonprofit Registration for Foundation Services“ is your gateway to all grants and services from Kern Community Foundation.
If your agency is a first-time applicant, do the following (BOTH steps are required):
1) Use this link to access our Online Grant Platform. Once there, create an account using your e-mail address and a password. Fill out information about yourself as an applicant, as well as about your agency. When you get to the Applicant Dashboard, click on the hyperlink for “Apply” at the very top of the page next to the home icon. On the application choices page, choose “Nonprofit Registration for Foundation Services.” Fill out the online registration form and submit.
2) Visit GuideStar.org to confirm your nonprofit’s Transparency Rating using your agency’s name or EIN (Tax ID) number. Acceptable ratings for agencies registering with Kern Community Foundation are Silver, Gold and Platinum only. If your agency profile page on GuideStar.org doesn’t have a rating, or has only a Bronze rating, you must upgrade your rating to a minimum Silver level for your registration with the Foundation to be approved.
The Support option in the menu at the top of the GuideStar home page has easy-to-use tools to guide you from claiming your agency’s profile to building it up through the transparency levels: from Bronze to Silver to Gold to Platinum. Remember, Kern Community Foundation only requires a minimum Silver level.
After your finish your registration, you can then proceed to apply for any of our available grant opportunities below.
AGENCIES THAT ARE ALREADY REGISTERED WITH KERN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:
Be sure to keep your GuideStar rating from dipping below Silver or lapsing altogether.
At a minimum, a Silver rating is required for your agency to continue to receive our free services or be considered for grants offered through the Foundation.
Make it a habit to check your agency’s transparency rating on GuideStar.org at least once a quarter, and upgrade it as needed.
Kern Community Foundation offers competitive grant opportunities at different times throughout the year. The following grants are accepting applications to support local organizations/programs.
2023 Waterman Foundation
2023 Waterman Foundation Rotary Club of Bakersfield Capital Grant Program (Grant cycle is currently OPEN) – The Waterman Foundation (Foundation) was established by the Bakersfield Downtown Rotary Club in 1984 to provide scholarships to local students and grants for capital projects supporting local nonprofit organizations. Grants will be awarded only for capital projects and not for such items as operating expenses. Capital projects, for purposes of this grant, are defined as improvements to buildings or land, purchases of equipment, or upgrades to facilities.
Upper Kern Fisheries
Upper Kern Fisheries (Grant cycle is currently CLOSED) – A grantmaking initiative that supports conservation projects in the Upper Kern River Basin. The Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund was established in 2005 as a requirement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s re-licensing of Southern California Edison’s Kern River Number 3 Hydroelectric Project. For more information, visit their Community Initiative Page here
Women’s and Girls’ Fund
Focus for 2021-2022 grants – Education (Grant cycle is currently CLOSED)
The Women’s and Girls’ Fund prioritizes requests designed to increase passion and enthusiasm for learning while addressing issues pertaining to Educational Attainment. For more information, visit their Community Initiative Page here.
Kern River Valley Community Fund
A regional initiative of Kern Community Foundation, the specific purpose of this permanently endowed fund is to receive philanthropic contributions and to distribute grants to provide solutions and build social, economic and environmental prosperity in one of the most scenic yet underserved areas of Kern County. For more information, visit their Community Initiative Page here.
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