The Richmond Community Services Department (CSD) Mini-Grant, a component of the Richmond Environmental Community Investment Agreement (ECIA) Grant Program, was approved by the City Council in January 2017. In alignment with the ECIA Grant, the Community Services Grant provides support for those organizations that serve the needs of community, youth, and youth sports. The CSD Mini-Grant is designed to support organizations that are Richmond-serving and that partner with and/or consistently utilize facilities managed by the Community Services Department.
Organizations must meet the following conditions to be eligible to apply:
The total amount available for the FY 2019-2020 grant cycle (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) is $50,000. Grant awards can be up to $5,000, and the number of grant awards available will be determined based on the amount of each award. Grant awards will be paid in either a 100% up-front installment or a 50% up-front installment. Decisions regarding grant award amounts and up-front payments will be based on the discretion of the CSD and the review panel.
Grants are available to support organizational programming and/or projects that make use of the CSD’s aquatic centers, community centers, parks, and the convention center.
Eligible uses include but may not be limited to: Youth sports leagues and teams, special events, educational forums and classes, recreational classes, stipends, CSD facility fees, and overall community enrichment.
Ineligible uses include but may not be limited to: Salaries and benefits, political campaigns, lobbying, religious projects, fundraising, supporting individuals, repayment of loans, and funding agency’s deficits.
The grant applications may be submitted through Friday, March 29, 2019, by 5:00 P.M., via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with attention to Guadalupe Morales. The application shall be filled out using the form provided and should not exceed six (6) pages. Please use Arial 12-point font, with 1-inch margins. We only accept emailed applications.
The following materials must be submitted as part of a completed application packet:
Your application will be immediately disqualified if your organization:
*Organizations will not be awarded grant awards in consecutive fiscal year cycles. Therefore, if your organization received a FY2018-2019 award, you will not qualify for funding for this current cycle.
Applications will be evaluated by a review panel which may consist of one (1) CSD staff, one (1) Recreation and Parks Commissioner, and one (1) community member using the criteria listed below:
Grantees will be notified of decisions within approximately six (6) weeks following receipt of a completed application packet.
Applicants receiving grant awards must:
For inquires or clarification regarding this program or application, please contact the Community Services Department at (510) 620-6553.