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In partnership with the County of Marin, West Marin Fund has launched the Collaborative Impact Pilot Project to strengthen collaboration among organizations serving West Marin with the overarching goal to reduce service gaps for disadvantaged populations in the region.

Specific Objectives

  • Consolidate the West Marin Collaborative.
  • Pilot two grantmaking rounds to support collaborative efforts to reduce service gaps for disadvantaged populations.
  • Provide technical assistance to implementing partners to boost project success.
  • Assess results of the pilot project to inform grant renewals and a potential next phase of the project.
  • Bring additional resources to address service gaps in West Marin.

Grant Range

$100,000 to $200,000 over 2 years ($50k-$100k/year)

Grantmaking Guidelines & Application Process

Who Can Apply?

  • Collaboratives composed of at least two organizations, of which:
    • At least one must be based in West Marin, ideally for the last three years.
    • All organizations must become regular participants of West Marin Collaborative.
    • All organizations must have a commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • The lead organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) or have a fiscal sponsor.
    • The lead organization preferably has an annual budget of at least $250,000 in the previous fiscal year.
  • Only one application may be submitted by each collaborative.
  • Organizations may participate in more than one collaborative, but can only be the Lead for one proposal.

Successful Proposals

  • Clearly identify a gap in services to disadvantaged populations in West Marin.
  • Present the best available data to assess the extent of the service gap.
  • Explain how this differential in services is affecting the target population.
  • Clearly explain how the activities will reduce the gap in services and benefit the target population.
  • Identify progress indicators and data collection mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate experience providing the type of services included in the proposed project.
  • Demonstrate experience working together prior to the proposal.
  • Set specific goals to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in their proposed project.
  • Identify ways to continue the collaborative effort after the grant ends.

2024 Application & Selection Process

  • February – Request Technical Assistance to develop Letter of Intent and Full Proposals (if desired)
  • March – Develop Letters of Intent to submit by March 31st (with technical assistance if desired)
  • April – Review of Letters of Intent by West Marin Collaborative. Invitations to develop Full Proposals.
  • May – Develop Full Proposals to submit by May 31st (with technical assistance if desired)
  • June – Review of Full Proposals by Grants Review Committee. Grant awards.

Next Steps to Apply

The deadline to submit Letters of Intent was March 31. Our team and the Grants Review Committee will invite selected groups for a full proposal in May. We will award grants in June.

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For more information on the Collaborative Impact Project please contact Valeria Brabata.