Grant applications will be available Tuesday, September 4th until 5:00 pm on Friday, October 6th.

Application & Guidelines
Providing grants to nonprofit organizations is the primary way the Tustin Community Foundation makes an impact in our community. Over the past 8 years TCF has grants to 77 community organizations.
2017 TCF Community Grants will be awarded at the Tustin Thanksgiving Breakfast (Thursday, November 16th, 2017)

Grant Applications 

Contributions Policy
The Tustin Community Foundation (TCF) supports nonprofits and/or non governmental organizations along with accredited public and private schools in the greater Tustin area. To qualify for consideration, such organizations must strive to maintain or improve the quality of life in the community and address specific community needs.
The Tustin Community Foundation does not assist individuals or organizations espousing specific causes, including political organizations or candidates, veteran organizations, fraternal orders, labor groups, commercial for profit enterprises, religious or sectarian organizations, or any group whose activities are not in the best interest of the TCF.
The Tustin Community Foundation’s Grants Committee oversees all grant making, subject to approval of the Board of Directors. Agencies receiving TCF grants must serve the greater Tustin area and its residents without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation. All grants are considered according to established best practices.
Fields of Interest
The TCF strives to achieve its giving mission by making contributions to support programs in five primary Fields of Interest:
• Expanding Educational Opportunity
• Athletics, Arts and Cultural Resources
• Outreach programs to the Underserved or Disadvantaged
• Youth and Senior Activities
• Health and Human Services
2017 Grant Application Requirements
In order to support more organizations, the Tustin Community Foundation Board of Directors has determined that all 2017 grant requests must be for $2,500 or less.
** Grant Applications must be received by the Foundation office no later than 5:00 PM October 6, 2017.
ALL GRANT APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ONLINE.
Applications are available at www.tustincommunityfoundation.org
Applicants without computer access are encouraged to use the public computers at the Tustin Public Library.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application timeline?
2017 Grant Applications must be completed online.
• Grant Applications may be submitted on the Tustin Community Foundation website www.tustincommunityfoundation.org
• The deadline for application submission is Friday, October 6, 2017, 5:00 pm. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
How do we apply for a Tustin Community Foundation Grant?
In order to support more organizations, the Tustin Community Foundation Board of Directors has determined that all 2017 grant requests must be for $2,500 or less.
Submit a proposal online at www.tustincommunityfoundation.org following these grant guidelines:

Grant Request $2,500 or less
• Grant Application, completed online.
• Evidence of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (if applicable).  May be scanned and e-mailed or faxed to TCF

Who is eligible to apply for a Tustin Community Foundation Grant?    

To be eligible for a grant from the Tustin Community Foundation, organizations must provide services in the greater Tustin area. Organizations should have tax-exempt status but this is not mandatory. An organization may serve as a fiscal sponsor for a charitable organization that does not have tax-exempt status if a cooperative relationship between the two can be clearly demonstrated. The fiscal sponsor must be willing to administer the grant if awarded.

What areas of interest do Tustin Community Foundation Grants fund?
The Tustin Community strives to achieve its giving mission by making contributions to support programs in five primary Fields of Interest:
• Expanding Educational Opportunity
• Athletics, Arts and Cultural Resources
• Outreach programs to the Underserved or Disadvantaged
• Youth Activities and Senior Services
• Health and Human Services
What will the Tustin Community Foundation not fund?
Generally, the Tustin Community Foundation will not fund grants for:

  • Annual campaigns and fundraising events
  • Conferences
  • For-profit organizations and individuals unaffiliated with a qualified fiscal sponsor
  • Projects that promote religious or political doctrine
  • Research (medical or otherwise)
  • Existing obligations/debt

What is the grant period?
Generally, grants are made for one year and should be used within one year of receiving a TCF grant.
What reporting is required?
The Tustin Community Foundation requires periodic reporting and site visits, the details for which will be specified in the Grant Award Letter.
When will the 2017 Grants be awarded?
2017 Grant recipients will be notified in early November and will receive their checks at the Tustin Mayor’s Thanksgiving Breakfast on Thursday morning, November 16, 2017, at the Salvation Army Tustin Ranch Church. All Grant applicants are invited to attend. Buy Your Tickets Here.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Erin Nielsen at erin@tustincommunityfoundation.org or 714-393-8506.

Additional Notes:
The awarded funds can be used only by grant recipients to fund a project that will benefit the greater Tustin community and the funds must be used to finance the approved project outlined in the Grant Application. If the project or program is canceled before the grant is spent, the organization must contact the Tustin Community Foundation immediately.
Funds CANNOT be used for the personal gain of any member of an organization.