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FOUNDATION CALLS FOR GRANT PROPOSALS FROM NONPROFITS IN TWO-COUNTY REGION; GOES ONLINE

Press Release
For Immediate Release: February 29, 2012

Contact: Sharilyn Hunke, Communications Officer
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The Community Foundation serving the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino is currently accepting online applications for the Community Impact Fund Grants through April 10, 2012.

2012 marks the first year applications will be accepted online only. No applications will be accepted via mail, fax, or in person. A workshop is available to learn how to navigate our online application on March 6th from 9 am to noon at The Community Foundation's office at 3700 Sixth Street, Ste. 200 in Riverside. Reservations are mandatory. RSVP to Penny Beaulieu at 951-241-7777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Community Impact Fund comprises the Foundation's unrestricted grantmaking. The Foundation responds to requests for support across a wide-range of community needs in the areas of health and human services, youth and families, arts and culture, civic and public benefit. Preference will be given to projects that fill a gap in service, benefit a large number of residents in Riverside and/or San Bernardino Counties, enhance collaboration, and have clear objectives and documented successful outcomes.

Other requirements include nonprofit 501(c) (3) status for at least three years, and an operational budget of less than $1million to be eligible to apply. 2011 grantees of the Community Impact Fund are not eligible in 2012 but are encouraged to apply again in 2013.

To apply, please visit www.thecommunityfoundation.net. For assistance, call The Community Foundation at 951-241-7777.

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Supplemental Info:
In 2011, The Community Foundation awarded $217,500 to 23 nonprofit agencies serving Riverside County from their Community Impact Fund.

Also, the Community Foundation awarded $167,400 to 19 nonprofit agencies serving San Bernardino County from their Community Impact Fund.

Quote: "In the past two years, our Foundation has significantly increased our grantmaking to the nonprofit sector via the Community Impact Fund," said Daniel Foster, President/CEO of The Community Foundation. "Obviously, the economic downturn has hurt many worthy nonprofit causes and our Board and donors feel it is essential to step up now and meet the increasing needs and challenges of our region," Foster continued.

About The Community Foundation
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation created by and for the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Community Foundation connects donors with the causes they care about. Established in 1941, The Community Foundation has $58 million in assets and provides college scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations across the two-county area. It also serves as a regional convener to address issues regarding their Community Initiatives, which include Arts & Culture, Capacity Building, Environmental, Youth Philanthropy, and Education. To learn more about applying for a grant or making a donation to The Community Foundation, please call 951-241-7777 or visit www.thecommunityfoundation.net.