NorCal Grants Program

Last Update: 1/21/2016 12:20 AM

NorCal'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 NorCal's Intercultural Education and Readjustment Services Programs which are supported through 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:

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, 2016

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: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)

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)

$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)

$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)