NorCal Grants Program

Last Update: 3/4/2015 9:51 AM

Since 1981, NorCal has provided support for domestic and international projects with funds raised at conferences and other RPCV gatherings.

NorCal's Grants Program provides funds for community development projects all around our planet. 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:

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, 2015

Applications are limited to 10 pages. Submit applications by e-mail to the Grants Chair.

For more info email Marilyn Hyde, Grants Chair

If you are a NorCal Member interested in serving on the Grants Committee, please contact a NorCal Board Member.
Donate to the Grants Program via Paypal:
Donate to the Grants Program via Postal Mail: Download pdf Form. NorCal maintains 501(c)(3) status and donations may be tax-deductible.

Sample List of Projects Funded by NorCal

Take a look at the contributions we have made around the world.
(Recent Projects: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)

Central and South America
$850 to the Promoting Productive Livelihoods Project (PPLP) in Northern Morazan, El Salvador, a vocational education project.  (2014)

$1,000 to the Arborloo Project of Cemaco, Tierra Collectiva of the Darien Province of Panama for construction of latrines.  (2013)

$1,050 to the Rain Catchment Project sponsored by the non-profit organization AMMID in Comitancillo, San Marcos, Guatemala.  (2010)

$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)

$1,000 to Sanitation Project Part II in Akhadesh, Azilal Province, Morocco, for toilet construction and sanitation training.  (2013)

$2,040 to Mali Onion Storage construction project (matching grant) in Beleco, Cercle of Dioila, Koulikoro Region, Mali.  (2013)

$2,000 to Maguu Library in Ruvuma, Tanzania to purchase English and Swahili books.  (2012)

$1,000 to the Youth Ventures Program in Sefrou Province Morocco, part of the Greenside Development Foundation.  (2012)

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

$960 to the the Special Olympics Program in Panang, Philippines, for purchase of recreation equipment.  (2013)

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

$1750 to the Borneo Project to fund the translation, illustration and printing of 500 books in the Penan, Malay and English languages for use in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.  (2011)

$750 to the Compostela National High School in Compostela, Cebu, Philippines, to provide 75 headphones for their English language lab.  (2011)