Grants & Scholarships

We want to help you realize your dream!

The Fountain Valley Community Foundation is dedicated to providing assistance for non-profit organizations and local students to help make their dreams a reality.  Through grants and scholarships, we are committed to working with our community members to supply funds needed to educate, grow and succeed.

For more information on how to apply, please view the following:
A man from the Historical Society gets a grant to help build a new gazebo.

How to Apply for a Grant


Eligibility Requirements


1. Must be a public non-profit organization (501(c)(3) or public agency providing services within the city of Fountain Valley (Priority will be given to projects located in and serving the people of Fountain Valley. Organizations located outside the boundaries of Fountain Valley must provide proof that more than 50% of the recipients of the intended grant are residents of Fountain Valley). 

Eligibility Limitations


The current objectives of the Board do not allow grants for the following purposes:
1. More than one application per applicant
2. Religious organizations for religious purposes
3. Direct assistance to individuals or businesses
4. Routine operating expenses or staff salaries
5. Political parties or organizations
 

Application Requirements


1. Amount being requested
2. Cover letter signed by the Board officer authorized to sign for the organization
3. A list of the Board of Directors and Staff (if applicable).
4. Copy of IRS tax exempt letter.
5. A description of the program or service for which the grant is being requested including the scope of the targeted population, the expected results, the potential benefit to the community, and the long-term sustainability of the project. 

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients


Each grant recipient is held accountable for using the Foundation grant in compliance with the proposal submitted and any additional terms placed on the grant by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation. In addition, each recipient must:
1. Institute adequate controls over project funds to ensure that all funds are properly accounted for
2. Present invoices to the Foundation upon request
3. Ensure that the Foundation is kept properly advised of significant factors affecting the successful outcome of the project or program and any significant deviation from the proposed scope, starting date or completion date of the project of program
4. Upon completion of grant expenditures provide the Foundation with a final audit of the funds received and expended. 

How to Apply


Grants will be awarded once during each quarter of the year. Deadline for application is: January 1; April 1; July 1; October 1 of each year. Grantseekers are encouraged to review the guidelines carefully then submit a proposal. If you would like to submit a letter of inquiry you may do so. 

The Foundation Board of Directors meets the third Thursday of each month. Your letter must be received no later than the Friday preceding the Board meeting so that the letter can be submitted as part of the Board’s meeting packet. 

Deliver your application in person to:
17967 Bushard St.,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
 
or Mail to: 

The Fountain Valley Community Foundation,
10200 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
For information call: 714-593-4449.


How to Apply for a Scholarship

 

For these purposes, a scholarship is defined as an award of financial aid to allow an individual to participate in an activity in which they otherwise would not be able to participate due to financial constraints. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid. 

Eligibility Requirements


Applicant must meet one of these three eligibility requirements:
1. Must be a public non-profit organization (501(c)(3) or public agency providing services within the city of Fountain Valley (Priority will be given to projects located in and serving the people of Fountain Valley. Organizations located outside the boundaries of Fountain Valley must provide proof that 51% of the recipients of the intended scholarship are residents of Fountain Valley)
2. Is a resident of the city of Fountain Valley
3. Attends a school in the city of Fountain Valley 

Eligibility Limitations


The current objectives of the Board do not allow scholarships for the following purposes:
1. More than one application per applicant
2. Religious organizations for religious purposes
3. Political parties or organizations
4. Fees for college-related activities. 

Application Requirements


1. Amount being requested
2. Cover letter signed by the Board officer authorized to sign for the organization (if scholarship is being applied for by an organization)
3. A list of the Board of Directors and Staff (if applicable)
4. Copy of IRS tax exempt letter (if applicable)
5. A description of the program or service for which the scholarship is being requested. 

Responsibilities of Scholarship Recipients


Each scholarship recipient is held accountable for using the Foundation scholarship in compliance with the proposal submitted and any additional terms placed on the scholarship by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation. In addition, each recipient must:
1. Upon completion of scholarship expenditures provide the Foundation with a final audit of the funds received and expended. 

How to Apply


Scholarships are awarded once during each quarter of the year. Deadline for application is: January 1; April 1; July 1 and October 1 of each year. Scholarship seekers are encouraged to review the guidelines carefully then submit a proposal. If you would like to submit a letter of inquiry you may do so.

The Foundation Board of Directors meets the third Thursday of each month. Your letter must be received no later than the Friday preceding the Board meeting so that the letter can be submitted as part of the Board’s meeting packet. 

Deliver your application in person to:
17967 Bushard St.,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

 or Mail to: 

The Fountain Valley Community Foundation,
10200 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
For information call: 714-593-4449.