Grant Programs

Pasadena Community Foundation’s grant programs impact our community by providing direct support to the nonprofits that serve our area. Through a competitive grant-making process, PCF identifies and funds worthy projects and programs that advance our mission of addressing “current needs unmet and future needs unforeseen” in greater Pasadena. We currently feature three grant program areas: Capital, Education, and Senior.

Agencies which receive grants from PCF have certain obligations, including grant reporting and grant recognition.

A helpful resource which provides professional services for nonprofits can be found at the end of our nonprofit support overview page.

Capital Grants

Pasadena Community Foundation’s Capital Grant Program has been established to support agency capital needs for significant capital projects or important equipment purchases. Lower priority will be given to 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.

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. Funding is not available on a retroactive or reimbursement basis. We encourage the use of Pasadena area vendors when appropriate.

To determine if your organization is eligible for a Capital Grant, and/or to apply, read our Capital Grant Guidelines.

Education Grants

For discretionary grant-making in the area of education, Pasadena Community Foundation is focusing its efforts on increasing student achievement in grades K-12 in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) among low-income, minority, and English-learner students.

PCF will give the highest priority to programs that provide learning and enrichment opportunities for PUSD students before school, after school, and/or during the summer to achieve measureable outcomes leading to improved achievement among disadvantaged populations in the PUSD.

To determine if your organization is eligible for an Education Grant, and/or to apply, read our Education Grant Guidelines.

Senior Grants

The Pasadena Community Foundation Senior Grants Program focuses on supporting organizations serving the frail elderly (age 65+) in the City of Pasadena with services related to health care needs.

Funding for this program is made possible through:

Cornelia L. Eaton Endowment for Assistance to the Elderly — The purpose of this fund is to support charitable organizations in the City of Pasadena which render assistance to, or whose operations are primarily for the benefit of, elderly persons.

Bill & Betsy Rawn Endowment — The purpose of the this fund is to provide support for seniors living in the greater Pasadena area through grants to local organizations that provide services related to health care needs to senior citizens.

To determine if your organization is eligible for a Senior Grant, and/or to apply, read our Senior Grant Guidelines.

Vista Nova Grants for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Vista Nova Grant Program is funded by the Vista Nova Renaissance Endowment. The Endowment’s mission is to support organizations that offer programs and services to blind or visually impaired individuals living in the greater Pasadena area and eastern portion of L.A. County.

Yes, Virginia

The Yes, Virginia Fund was established in 1994 to help address the needs of our community’s children. The fund provides grants to local nonprofit agencies to provide toys, books, gifts and special experiences for the holidays, in an effort to help all children feel valued and supported in their lives. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” means that no child is meant to go without. We are committed to our credo: “Some things have to be believed to be seen.”

Since its inception, the Yes, Virginia Fund has invested over $255,000 in the lives of children in our community.

2016 Grantees: Boys & Girls Club, ChapCare, Door of Hope, Elizabeth House, Flintridge Center, Friends Outside in LA County, Harambee Ministries, Impact House, LINKS Mentoring, Mother’s Club Family Learning Center, Professional Child Development Associates, and Treasure Little Children

Application is by invitation only.”

Pasadena Assistance Fund

The Pasadena Assistance Fund seeks to help Pasadena residents “Build Better Lives” through grants to local human services agencies serving Pasadena. Distributions from the fund supplement the community development block grants (CDBG). Federal funding for these grants has declined in recent years, so it is even more important to build a hometown source of funding.

Through a partnership with the City, the Fund is held and invested by the Pasadena Community Foundation. PCF conducts site visits, and issues checks as directed by the City.

Application is through the City and information can be found on the City’s block grant program and housing website pages.

Giesen Trust

The Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust encourages the personal and emotional development of children and youth through an experience in the visual arts. The Trust seeks to enable children of all backgrounds in the greater Pasadena area to participate in the creative process.

Application is by invitation only.

Noteworthy

“We're chillin' now!! Thanks to a grant from the Pasadena Community Foundation, we have a refrigerated truck — and an expanded ability to accept frozen food donations.”

— Joan Whitenack, Executive Director, Foothill Unity Services