Orange County Community Foundation


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The Orange County Community Foundation and the Frank and Judy Colver Fund have joined to provide funding for projects and programs that enhance environmental literacy and public understanding of Orange County's environmental issues in a way that leads to greater involvement in the resolution of current problems and the development of responsible stewardship practices.

Funding Interests

The foundation seeks applications from individual community-based organizations or groups of organizations working together to meet the criteria listed above. Priority will be given to projects that work towards one of the following:

  • Hands-on education programs, delivered in coordination with school science curriculum, to students either in class or in the field by environmental organizations;
  • Programs that increase awareness and understanding about energy, water, conservation of natural resources and other pressing resource issues which prepare children and adults to intelligently address these issues throughout their lives; and
  • Creation or support of urban parks, gardens, greenways, trail systems and riverways.

Geographic Focus

Organizations must be located within Orange County or near its borders and primarily serve the county?s residents.

Types of Support

The foundation is open to requests to support innovation as well as capacity-building.

Grant Size

$5000 to $20000

Requirements & Limitations

To be eligible for funding, organizations must be classified as or sponsored by a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Occasionally, a governmental agency may be eligible as part of a collaboration led by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Funds will not be granted for:

  • Annual fund drives;
  • Academic or scientific research projects;
  • Debt retirement or budget deficits;
  • More than 25% of agency annual budget ;
  • Exclusively religious or sectarian projects; and
  • Endowment campaigns.

Application Process

All grant seekers must complete a formal application. Unsolicited grant proposals are not accepted. To receive a grant application, interested parties may call the foundation in April, 2007.


All materials are due at the Community Foundation offices in May, 2007. Late or incomplete applications will be disqualified.

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