Apply for a Grant

The following Placer Community Foundation programs are currently open for proposals.

Placer Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. Unlike some funders, we don’t focus on any particular cause or type of work—we focus on nearly any nonprofit cause in the region.

Civil Discourse

Placer Community Foundation created a Civil Discourse Grant Program in 2018. Applications are now closed. Awardees will be announced in April.

Click here to access complete application guidelines and online application form.


Scholarship applications are now open for 2018. See this document for all criteria and deadlines: 2018 Master Scholarship Info

Youth Development

Placer Community Foundation accepts applications for its Youth Development Grant Program each summer. Local nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of underserved youth and young adults ages 14-21 in Placer County are invited to apply using the online system Smarter Select. The deadline is in early July 2018. Click here to access complete application guidelines and online form.

The Youth Development Program is funded by Placer Community Foundation’s Giving Circle. Grants ranging up to $5,000 are awarded to support youth development programs and services provided by a nonprofit organization operating along the western slope of Placer County, from Dutch Flat to Roseville.


Supporting youth ages 14-21
General Application Requirements

Projects must use a youth development approach and clearly demonstrate that:

  • Youth are partners with adults in the project.
  • Youth are involved and have meaningful input in the development of the project.
  • Youth are key in the organization and implementation of activities.
  • The group of youth that will participate is identified and committed. This does not mean we need exact names of all participants. It does mean that a group has been involved in the conception and planning and that the grant applicant can demonstrate there is interest from youth to successfully implement the project.

Have questions?
Please contact Eileen Speaker, Grants Manager, at 530.885.4920.

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