Annual Grant Program

The Annual Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) Grant Application window is open from September 1 to September 30 each year.

  • The maximum grant awarded for each year is determined on an annual basis and will be included in the application materials.
  • Projects must address the needs of people residing within the Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) boundaries.
  • Grant funds must be used within the calendar year received (by December 31) or be refunded to the LCF (no funds are rolled over to the following year).
  • Late applications will not be accepted.

Throughout the month of September, you may download and print an Annual Grant Application from the link on the left, or you may request an application in person at the City of Lincoln offices at 600 Sixth Street in Lincoln. Please ask for Pam Mathus.

Annual Grant Criteria Guidelines

Purpose: The purpose and mission of the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) is to cultivate Lincoln Philanthropy and Stewardship for Today and Tomorrow through funding the selected projects of non-profit, community-based organizations.

Criteria: The LCF Board of Directors and the Grant Review Committee make their decision based upon the written materials submitted by your organization. Please read the application carefully and provide all the detail that is requested to assist the committee in making their selections.

Who can apply:

  • Non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
    Non-incorporated groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor (these groups must partner with a qualified organization for fiscal management of the grant).
  • If the applicant is a faith-based organization, it must demonstrate that it operates a social service program or activity that is open to the public.
  • Government and education entities.
  • One application per project will be accepted.

Restrictions: The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations only (no grants to individuals). Foundation grants are not awarded for:

  • Debt reduction
  • Fundraising events
  • Religious activities
  • For profit entities
  • Applicants requesting personal assistance
  • Partisan political activities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the base of age, race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, sexual orientation or disability
  • Salaries or overhead operating expenses (cost of doing business)

Time period: Grants are made for one calendar year only and must be consumed within that year.

Amount of grants: The amount an applicant may request is limited. Approval of a grant to an organization in no way implies that funding will be awarded again in subsequent years to the same organization.

Funding priorities and limitations: Funds received from the LCF are to be used exclusively for the proposed designated program and/or project as defined in the application and cannot be applied to the applicant’s overhead operating expenses. Applications that increase or expand service levels, or establish new programs, services or activities, or are in cooperation and collaboration with existing community groups, will be looked upon most favorably. Grant funds must be used for the purposes specified in the grant application submittal and approved by the LCF.

The Foundation reserves the right to fund less than the amount requested. All funding decisions are final; the Foundation will not entertain appeals.

  • September 1st — Grant Applications become available.
  • September 30th — Grant Applications are due by 5 PM, no exceptions.
  • End-of-year — Grant Recipients are announced.
  • January of following year — Funds are awarded.
  • Mid-Year and Year-End — Grant Project Summary Reports must be submitted.
    Grant Summary Report

For questions or more information, please contact the LCF Grant Review Committee Chair:

Kris Wyatt
(916) 768-3803


Susan Cope
(916) 645-8269

The Lincoln Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 73-1677611.