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).
  • Only one application per non-profit will be accepted.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.

Throughout the month of September, you may download and print an Annual Grant Application, 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 of the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) is to cultivate Lincoln philanthropy and stewardship by funding selected non-profit community-based projects. The mission of the LCF is Working with Neighbors to Build a Dynamic Community.

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).
  • Organizations that serve needs of residents residing within the Western Placer Unified School
    District (WPUSD) area.
  • 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 (without proselytizing).
  • Government and education entities.

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

  • 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 (administrative costs)

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 (see grant application). 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 in the LCF approval response letter. Grant funds cannot be applied to other applicant expenses that are not approved by the LCF.

See the Annual Grant Application during the month of September for additional information and details.

  • September 1st — Grant Applications become available.
  • September 28th — Applications are due by 5:00 PM at the City Manager’s Office.
  • December — Grant Recipients are announced.
  • January of following year — Funds are awarded.
  • June 30 — Mid-Year Status or Final Report due.
  • December 31 — End of Contract and Final Report due.

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

Ellen Fickewirth
(916) 996-2887

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