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Sample List of Projects Funded by NorCal

Take a look at the contributions we have made around the world.
(Recent Projects: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)

  • $2000 to the Amis des Bibliotheques de Villages Africains, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (2011)
  • $1,000 went to Salone Stories in Sierra Leone for printing books of popular cultural stories in English (2010)
  • $400 went to the Katwe Youth Furniture and Metal Works (KYFMW) in Katwe, Kampala, Uganda (2009)
  • $1,150 for kitchen equipment to the Vocational Training School at Bwanda, Masaka, Uganda (2004)

Eastern Europe:

  • $600 to the Environmental Working Group of Peace Corps Ukraine working with the Ukrainian National Environmental NGO "MAMA-86" (2011)
  • $500 to the Green Balkans Wildlife and Breeding Center, Bulgaria (2003)


  • $500 for Unidos: Building Home, Building Hope in Dominican Republic (2004)
  • Over $2000 for the Bajanbonico Arriba food bridge in Dominican Republic (1999)


  • $1,860 Grupo Maria de Nazare (GMN) Women s Cooperative in Aileu, Timor-Leste (East Timor) near Indonesia (2009)
  • $1000 for the Ha Village primary school in Hue Province, Vietnam (2004)

Central America:

  • $1,050 for a rain catchment project in Comitancillo, San Marcos, Guatemala (2010)
  • $1000+ to the Familias Saludables Clinic on Roatan Island, Honduras (2004)
  • $500 for a street theater group in San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala (2004)

South America:

  • $1,100 to Cristobal Colon, Ecuador, for their Waste Management project (2003)

NorCal Grants Program

Last Update: 5/18/2014 8:19 PM

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:

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

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, 2014

  • Name and address of the organization.
  • Local name, address, and phone when organization is overseas.
  • NorCal 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 on previous page).
  • Key personnel and their responsibilities for the project.
  • Project budget in detail.
  • Amount and purpose of funding requested from NorCal.

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.