Capital Grants

The 2021 Capital Grants have been awarded for 2021 and applications are closed. 

About this Grant Program — Pasadena Community Foundation’s Capital Grant Program has been established to support agency needs for significant capital projects or important equipment purchases. PCF welcomes grant applications from qualified organizations serving the Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre area. The purpose of the Capital Grant is to make a significant contribution towards a tangible and enduring (useful life of at least 3-5 years) capital need. Requests for capital purchases that should typically be a routine part of your organization’s annual operating budget, such as periodic replacement of office equipment, will not be considered. Funding is not available on a retroactive or reimbursement basis.

In 2021, PCF will also fund two larger Capital Campaign Grants of $50,000 each to support large-scale transformational projects that will greatly impact capacity, quality, and effectiveness of mission delivery. In order to qualify for this grant, an organization must document that they are currently engaged in public effort to raise significant dollars.

Given that the application process is open to all local nonprofits, we anticipate that this will be a very competitive grant cycle. We strongly urge organizations to consider how such a grant will sustainably strengthen the organization. This year the PCF Board will prioritize applications that have a clear vision of how this funding will result in impactful, lasting change for the organization or demonstrate urgent need.

Deadline for Applications — 2021 Capital Grant applications are due August 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Funding decisions will be made in October.

Online application system — PCF’s online application system is available by clicking here.

Grant Amounts

  • Capital Grant requests will be accepted for $2,500 – $25,000
  • Capital Campaign Grants will be accepted for $50,000.

Geographical Restriction — The applicant organization must be in and provide significant service to the area defined by the boundaries of the Pasadena Unified School District (Pasadena, Altadena & Sierra Madre). Any equipment or capital refurbishment paid for with PCF grant funds must specifically serve Pasadena-area residents.

Eligibility Requirements:

In a typical year, nonprofits awarded a Capital Grant are ineligible to apply the next year. Any applicant denied funding can reapply the next year. However, given the redirection of capital grants to COVID-19 response last year, all nonprofits are eligible to apply for this capital grant, except those who have already received a 2021 PCF Grant. After this year, any organization awarded a PCF Capital Grant in 2021 will be ineligible to apply for a PCF Capital Grant in 2022. Any denied can reapply in 2022.

  • Grants may be made only to tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or 170(c)(1) or (2)(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. None shall be made to Private Foundations under Section 509(1) of the Code.
  • An organization must have been in existence for at least two years (based on date of IRS determination letter) and have achieved a record of effective service and sustainability.
  • All previous grants awarded by PCF have to be completed. A grantee with an “open” grant will not be eligible for new funding. Grantees who have not complied with previous grant deadlines and reporting or submission of receipts may not be eligible for new grant consideration.
  • Organizations seeking funding from the Pasadena Community Foundation may only apply for ONE grant per cycle in the Capital or Senior or Education or Vista Nova Grant Programs.


The Pasadena Community Foundation does not make grants from its discretionary funds to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.

The Foundation Will Not Make Capital Grants For or To: 

  • Direct aid to individuals.
  • Retirement of debt or costs of capital items already acquired.
  • Influencing legislation or elections.
  • Individual public schools or their support and activity groups. This includes, but is not limited to PTA/PTO, sports teams, music programs, or booster clubs. PCF only supports PUSD schools through the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF).
  • Private educational institutions, preschool, K-12, college or vocational institutions. PCF will, however, consider funding of non-public schools primarily serving special needs population or a diverse socio-economic or disadvantaged population.
  • Sectarian religious organizations or churches. PCF will, however, consider requests from sectarian religious organizations for support of community social service oriented activities sponsored by such organizations, provided that such activities meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Agencies not engaged in the actual performance of direct services to individuals consistent with PCF purposes.
  • In general, the Foundation does not make grants from its discretionary funds to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
  • Building improvements of leased property. PCF typically will not invest in building improvements to property not owned by the nonprofit applicant organization. Some exceptions may be made at the discretion of the board to property owned by the city or school district or other public entity or for exceptionally long term lease arrangements.

Grant RECOGNITION GUIDELINES — Agencies are asked to meet PCF’s Grant Recognition Guidelines. We encourage the use of Pasadena-area vendors when appropriate.

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