NorCalPCA - Grants

NorCalPCA's Grants Program provides funds for community development projects all around our planet. Money for grants is raised through a special Grants Fund separate from NorCalPCA's general donations and memberships. While there is no minimum-maximum size, most grants average from $500-$2000 depending on the amount requested and funds available.

Grants Criteria

NorCal looks for varied international and domestic project opportunities benefiting different groups of people, in keeping with the spirit and idea of Peace Corps. The persons requesting funds must demonstrate commitment to the project by providing community labor, monetary contributions, local resources and/or training.

We encourage projects submitted by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and current Peace Corps Volunteers from Northern California.

NorCal looks for opportunities to:

  • Provide total project costs
  • Fund start-up project costs
  • Expand or replicate a successful project.

Selection Criteria

The prospective project will be evaluated for its potential to meet as many of the following as possible:

  1. Be technically and economically feasible.
  2. Improve the general welfare of the community.
  3. Ensure that all those actively involved in the project will benefit from the results.
  4. Address community needs.
  5. Facilitate the transfer of technology, skills and knowledge to others.
  6. Foster self-sufficiency.

Please note: Project funding does not guarantee availability of future funds. Funding will not be provided for individuals, scholarships, travel, or general operating expenses.

Application Process

Interested parties must submit a proposal which contains the following information: 
Application Deadline is August 31, 2017

  • Name and address of the organization.
  • Local name, address, and phone when organization is overseas.
  • NorCalPCA RPCV knowledgeable of organization and project.
  • General description of the organization, including goals, purpose, a brief history of previous and current work, and source of funding.
  • Organization budget.
  • Project title and detailed description.
  • How project meets Selection Criteria (outlined above).
  • Key personnel and their responsibilities for the project.
  • Project budget in detail.
  • Amount and purpose of funding requested from NorCalPCA.
  • Detailed information of how funds will be transmitted to the project via a bank or financal service.
  • Letter of project approval from host country Peace Corps staff (for current PCVs).

Applications are limited to 10 pages. Submit applications by e-mail to Grants@NorCalPCA.org.

Projects Funded

Read about all of the projects we have funded since 2010 or take a look at just of the few project have contributed to around the world!

Central and South America
$2,000 to a Peace Corps Partnership Project in Ñaupe, Peru, to combat deforestation, provide green areas, and organize waste management.  (2015)

$2,000 to Community Agents for Integral Health (ACSI), a collective of extension workers in Yorito, Honduras, for community development work in neighboring communities.  (2015)

$2,000 for the composting latrines project in Alto Playon, Darien Region, Panama.  (2015)

Africa
$1,200 to the Davila Children’s Home Chicken Project in Bomet County, the lower Rift Valley, Kenya.  (2015)

$2,000 to Mali Kalanso, a non-profit organization that supports education in Nienebale, Koulikoro Region, Mali, West Africa.  (2014)

$1650 to the Reading Sierra Leone Book Distribution Project of Schools for Salone in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  (2014) 

Eastern Europe
$600 to the Environmental Working Group of Peace Corps Ukraine working with the Ukrainian National Environmental NGO “MAMA-86”.  (2011) 

Asia
$1,656 to Youth 4 Change (Y4C), a non-profit, collaborative public health project in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, for purchase of audiovisual equipment.  (2015)

$2,000 to the Borneo Project, based in Berkeley, CA, to help provide solar energy for 2 rural community centers in the Baram River Basin of Sarawak, Malaysia.  (2015)

$1,800 to the Philippine Federation for Environmental Concern (PFEC) for their honey and beeswax gathering and processing project in Metro Manila, Philippines.  (2014)

Grants Contact

Marilyn Hyde Grants Chair