West Marin is a beautiful and special place, and I’m glad that residents have such an important resource in the West Marin Fund to support local causes. I applaud their many achievements.
JARED HUFFMAN, U.S. Representative, Marin and Sonoma Counties

Community Grants

June 2018: “Organizational Effectiveness”

$100,000 was awarded to 24 nonprofits to support them in strengthening their effectiveness so that they are better able to respond to the opportunities and challenges facing West Marin.  Successful proposals articulated wide-ranging approaches to supporting community health and vitality; encouraging land, water, and wildlife stewardship; strengthening community arts and culture; advancing educational opportunities for all; and promoting equity.

Grant Round 11 – Applications Closed May 29, 2018 | Final Reports Due May 31, 2019

November 2017: “What’s Needed Most”

$64,500 was awarded to 28 organizations to support projects and activities that were greatly needed but for which it was hard to find funding. Successful proposals addressed a wide variety of needs, including environmental science and civic engagement for youth; vibrant and diverse community arts programming; critical technical and facility upgrades; fundraising effectiveness; and services benefitting young children, low-income families, and seniors.

Grant Round 10 – Applications Closed Oct 4, 2017 | Final Reports Due Oct 8, 2018

March 2017: “Keeping Communities Strong”

$63,000 was awarded to 32 organizations serving the diverse needs of coastal West Marin. The numerous worthwhile projects included: camp scholarships, volunteer and intern trainings, technology upgrades and improvements, and innovative collaborations between partner organizations, along with many other small yet significant efforts that will strengthen coastal West Marin nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Grant Round 9 – Applications Closed March 14, 2017 | Final Reports Due Feb 6, 2018

October 2016: “General Capacity Building”

$55,000 was awarded to 26 organizations to support the capacity building efforts of our local nonprofits. This broad category included fundraising assistance, hardware upgrades, community outreach, board advancement, and pilot projects for organizations responding to community needs and providing critical services to benefit our children, youth, families, and seniors.

Grant Round 8 – Applications Closed Oct 11, 2016 | Final Reports Due Sept 6, 2017

March 2016: “Realizing High Priority Goals”

$55,000 was awarded to 27 organizations to help organizations realize high priority goals. This broad category included general things like professional development, operational improvements, community engagement, program expansion – and specific projects like the Waterdogs swimming lessons provided by West Marin Community Services, or the blood pressure cuffs at Coastal Health Alliance.

Grant Round 7 – Applications Closed Mar 18, 2016 | Final Reports Due Feb 6, 2017

November 2015: “Improving Nonprofit Communications”

$55,000 was awarded to 25 nonprofits to help organizations improve the effectiveness of their communications. This broad category included professional training, strategic planning, database improvements, bilingual materials. The grant awards will support nonprofit projects ranging from affordable housing, to bilingual literacy, to technology upgrades to publicizing available services that improve the health of the communities.

Grant Round 6 – Applications Closed Nov 2, 2015 | Final Reports Due Sept 17, 2016

June 2015: “More Effective, More Efficient”

$48,000 in 26 grants for work that would make our many non-profits “More Effective, More Efficient”. The grants cover many activities: consultants for fundraising and improved websites,  more mentors for West Marin schools next year, more participants in summer youth programs, greater outreach to volunteers for seniors… and a host of other important community-based services.

Grant Round 5 – Applications Closed May 1, 2015 | Final Reports Due Mar 15, 2016

October 2014:  “Professional Training, Consultant Help, Site Improvements”

Grant Round 4 – Applications Closed Oct 15, 2014 | Final Reports Due Due Sept 15, 2015

April 2014: “What You Need Most to Do Your Work”

34 grants totaling $66,200 to support non-profit work in West Marin. The goal: to address unmet needs of our non-profits, perhaps funding things that are essential but that fall outside the context of other funding sources. Grants funded a range of basic nonprofit needs from new computers and database upgrades to camp scholarships and after-school programs; a sterilizing dishwasher at a preschool to move away from disposable dishes, to various consultants to help with fundraising and community engagement.

Grant Round 3 – Applications Closed Mar 14, 2014 | Final Reports Due Due Apr 15, 2015

May 2013: Youth Engagement Program

Thanks to a generous donor, the West Marin Fund announced a second round of small grants which focused on youth engagement through service in communities. We sped up the application and grants process to get grants to award- winners in time for summer projects at school’s end. The Fund is pleased to announce it made 20 grants in this program, for a total of $50,000

Grant Round 2 – Applications Closed April 2013 | Final Reports Due Due Feb 15, 2014

March 2013: Capacity Building for Fundraising

Grant Round 1 – Applications Closed March 2013| Final Reports Due 2014