City of Chico Community Grant Program

Engaging local organizations for community impact.

The purpose of the grant program is to engage community organizations with the goals and the objectives of the City through a community impact fund. Rather than being a primary source of funding, the City of Chico Community Grant Program requires the applicant to raise funds in the community from August 1 through August 31.

Grant awards will be based on a percentage of the funds raised by each organization and limited to the first $10,000 raised; participating organizations will receive the funds they raise plus the applicable percentage of grant funding (see grant guidelines). An emphasis will be placed on proposals, which demonstrate alignment with the outlined priorities of the City for 2017-2018.

To qualify for participation in the City of Chico Community Grant Fund percentage grant, you must meet the following requirements:

-Local nonprofit organization or local program with a fiscal receiver providing direct or indirect services to Chico citizens or benefits to the City of Chico itself.

-Funds will go toward a project/initiative aligned with the outlined priorities of the Chico City Council: Public Safety, Finance & Administrative Services, Economic Development, Community Development & the Environment, and Technology & Civic Engagement. There are a number of City-adopted plans that promote and implement the City’s priorities (i.e., 2030 General Plan, Arts Master Plan, Economic Development Action Plan, Climate Action Plan, etc.).  


You cannot save and return to your application. It is strongly recommended that you download the questions at the link provided below if you need extended time to review and answer every question, then return to the application and copy and paste your answers in the spaces provided. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of the application you submitted.



The application phase of the Chico Community Grant Program is closed. 



Grant Guidelines

To qualify for participation in the grant program, your agreement is necessary to the below guidelines:

  1. All funds raised by your organization during the grant drive are unrestricted. However, the funds granted by the City of Chico are restricted to the objectives you state in the application.
  2. North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) will accept donations on behalf of your organization starting August 1 and 100% of these donations (minus applicable credit card fees) will be distributed to your organization within 30 days of the close of the program on August 31. 

  3. Checks should be made out to the name of your organization and sent from the donor directly to: 
North Valley Community Foundation 
240 Main Street, Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928. 

  4. Receipts will be issued by North Valley Community Foundation. NVCF will send a receipt for donations of $250 or greater (as per IRS guidelines) with an acknowledgement letter to each donor. You will be provided with the donor’s name and address at the end of the grant drive and are encouraged to also send a thank you. The amount of each donation will be provided once the grant program is concluded. 

  5. Funds directed to this effort are to be contributions from donations only. 
 No funds allowed from special events or fundraisers. 
b. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for donations. 
c. No fees for membership, drawings, dinners, or other activities are allowed.
  6. Donations of cash are discouraged and will be accepted only with prior arrangements. Unrolled coins will not be accepted. Call NVCF for details. 

  7. Donations of stock (securities) can be accepted. Call NVCF for routing information. 

  8. Donations received before the drive begins or after the deadline closes will be passed through to the participating organization, but will not count towards matching grants. 

  9. Grant funds from the City of Chico Impact Fund will be distributed to each participating organization proportionate to the total amount by the grant program. Grants will be given as a match up to the first $10,000 raised by any one participating organization. 

  10. I understand that all funds received by North Valley Community Foundation are subject to the variance power* of the NVCF Board of Directors.

*The Board of Directors shall have the power to modify or eliminate any restriction, condition, limitation or trust imposed with respect to any funds or property the title to which has become vested in this corporation if, in the sole judgment of the Board of Directors, such restriction, condition, limitation or trust becomes unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community or area served.