Mini Grant Program

The Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) accepts mini grant applications throughout the year. Application packets are available at the Lincoln City Manager’s office or by clicking the link below.

  • Mini grants may be awarded for a maximum of $750.
  • A mini grant project must address the needs of people residing within the Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) boundaries.
  • All funds awarded must be consumed within the calendar year awarded.

Mini 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.

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.

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.

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: Mini grants are made for the current calendar year only and must be consumed within that same year.

Amount of mini grants: The amount an applicant may request is limited up to $750 dollars. Approval of a mini 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. Mini 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.

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.