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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 31, 2022

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.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT FUNDING:  Funding will be provided for proposed project needs.  Financial support is not intended for individual scholarships or general operating expenses of the applicant organization.


Project funding does not guarantee availability of future funds. 

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.

  7. Demonstrate environmental sensitivity 

  8. Promote social and gender equity 


Application Process

Application Process:


Interested parties must submit a proposal which contains the following information:


1) Name and contact information of the organization.  United States name and contact information if organization is overseas.


2) Contact information for NorCal PCA member who sponsors the organization and project.


3) General description of the organization, including goals, purpose, a brief history of previous and current work, and sources of funding.


4) Organization budget.


5) Project title and detailed description.


6) How project meets Selection Criteria (outlined above).


7) Project timeline: how project will phase out or become self-sufficient.


8) Key personnel and their responsibilities for the project.


9) Project budget in detail, including community contribution.


10) Amount and purpose of funding requested from NorCal.


11) How funds will be transmitted to project via a bank or financial service.


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

Projects Funded in 2021

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!

$3,000 to Health Access Connect in Kampala, Uganda. NorCal funds were used to
purchase roofing sheets and supplies for outreach clinics.

$2,500 to Mali Kalanso in Koulikoro Region, Mali. NorCal funds were used to
purchase a solar-powered digital library for middle school students.

$2,000 to Associação Moyo Utsitsi in Manica Province, Mozambique. NorCal funds
were used to build a tower for two water tanks with capacity of 1500 liters.

$1,950 to Fundamental Initiative for Sustainable Transformation based in Jinja,
Uganda. that serves young mothers and vulnerable women. NorCal funds were used
to purchase 15 sewing machines and materials.

South America and Caribbean

$2,500 to Proyecto Itzaes in Yucatán, Mexico, where families and children have been
heavily impacted by Covid. NorCal funds were used for school supplies, tutoring and
development support.

$2,000 to Hands Across the Sea operating in the Eastern Caribbean. St. Vincent was
badly damaged by volcanic eruptions and Hurricane Elsa last year. NorCal Funds
were used for transport and distribution of children’s books.

Middle East

$1,650 to Together for the Family in Zahle, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon, which serves a
diverse clientele, including Syrian refugees. NorCal funds were used for greenhouse
land preparation, construction, and seeds and plants.



Grants Contact

Marilyn Hyde Grants Chair