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.

Next Application Deadline: August 31st 2020

Grants Criteria

NorCalPCA 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.

NorCalPCa 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: 

  • 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).

  • Current Peace Corps Volunteers must also submit an application and be accepted by the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP). For more information regarding the PCPP process and your country's application criteria, please speak with your APCD/Program Manager and/or your In-Country Grants Specialist. 

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

Projects Funded

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


$1,000 to Hesperian Health Guides of Berkeley, California, continuing our support of our 2018 grant. (2019)

$2,000 to Peace Corps Partnership (PCP), Peace Corps Headquarters, Washington, DC. for supporting a PCPP grant from a California volunteer  (2019)

$2,000 to Hesperian Health Guides in Berkeley, California to provide free publications, such as Where There Is No Doctor, to current Northern California Peace Corps Volunteers.  (2018)

Central and South America

$500 to South Africa Kids Pruning Company (KPC) located in Ingwavuma District of Magugu in KwaZula-Natal, South Africa. (2019)

$1,000 to Full Basket Belize (FBB) to repair a dilapidated nursing aid clinic in the village of Frank’s Eddy where 160 families can now receive basic health services and education.  (2018)

$1,250 to Comixlenl Coffee Cooperative in La Union, Lempira, Honduras to purchase the equipment and fungicide necessary to combat coffee rust disease. (2018)

$1,000 for the composting latrines project in Alto Playon, Darien Region, Panama. The 280 inhabitants of Alto Playon live on an indigenous reserve and follow a subsistence life of farming, fishing and hunting. (2017)


$2,175 to Mali Kalanso, a volunteer-driven non-profit begun in 2010 to support community education in Nienebale, Koulikoro Region, Mali. (2019)

$2,000 to Health Access Connect (HAC), in Kampala, Uganda to purchase two motorcycle trailers for their program, Ambulances for All. (2018)

$2,000 to Davila Children’s Home in Bomet, Kenya to purchase a maize grinder for the Children’s Home and the local community. (2018)

$2,000 to Common River, a community program in Aleta Wondo, Sedama Region, Ethiopia to provide materials for a new 5th grade classroom, including a wallboard, school supplies, books, and uniforms and shoes for 30 students. (2018)



$1,955 to Macadamia Nurseries Project in Sankhuwasabha District of Nepal. (2019)

$2,000 to Save Rivers, an indigenous-led grassroots organization, to build a pontoon and jetty for the Long Ekang community in Sarawak, Borneo.(2017)

$2,000 to Build a School in Burma (BSB), co-founded in 2010 by RPCV Andrew Lederer, to build two new school latrines and provide potable water. (2016)

Middle East

$1,000 to Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Jordan for the translation to Arabic and printing of materials and manuals used in mini workshops designed to introduce their concepts to 10 Jordanian organizations.  (2018)

Grants Contact

Marilyn Hyde Grants Chair