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. 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 now closed for 2021 and will reopen later this year.


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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