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.


Youth Development

Placer Community Foundation accepts applications for its Transition Age Youth Development Grant Program each summer. Local nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of under-served youth and young adults ages 14-21 in Placer County are invited to apply using the online system Smarter Select. The process is closed for 2019. Read about grantees here.

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.


Scholarship applications are open for 2020. To read about our scholarship opportunities, click below:

2020 PCF Scholarship Info

Civil Discourse

The 2018 Civil Discourse grant is now closed. Read more about the 2018 recipients here. Open dialogue and communication are key elements in maintaining a healthy, connected community.  “This grant program is intended to promote civil conversations about issues that divide us and are often contentious and difficult to sort through,” said Rick Saletta, PCF Grants Committee member. He explained the program is also beneficial to local youth, adding “This program will develop the future leaders of community conversation.” To encourage debate, Placer Community Foundation (PCF) awarded the following grants:

  • Peace and Justice Center: Conversations for US
  • Conversations on Racial Healing Series
  • Foresthill Community Development Council: Make America Talk Again
  • Girl Scouts Heart of Central California: Discover Civil Discourse in a Day Events


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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