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Fresno Regional Foundation to grant up to $800,000 to support families and children ages 0 to 8 for


June 15, 2015

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Hugh Ralston, President & CEO (559) 226-5600 x 101; [email protected]

Sandra Flores, Sr. Program Officer (559) 226-5600 x104; [email protected]                                

Fresno Regional Foundation to grant up to $800,000 to support families and children ages 0 to 8 for success by 3rd grade

Fresno, CA – Fresno Regional Foundation (FRF) opened the 2015 High Impact Grant Cycle on Friday, June 12. Through a partnership with the James Irvine Foundation, FRF will award up to $800,000 to organizations who provide programs supporting families and children ages zero to eight for success during the critical years leading up to and through the 3rd grade. Organizations should demonstrate a deep understanding of the families and children they serve.

FRF invites proposals from community efforts in Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, and Merced counties. This year, FRF is offering two funding scenarios: Accelerator and Connector grants.

  • Accelerator grants are for organizations that effectively collaborate with others, address gaps, and align services in the educational pipeline. Accelerator grants range from $100,000 to $250,000 for two years.
  • Connector grants are for organizations that want to coordinate, connect, and share information between different partners in the educational pipeline. Connector grants range from $50,000 to $75,000 for one year.

All applicants are required to participate in one High Impact Information Session where the FRF Program staff will walk interested applicants through the Goals to Fund and application process.

Grants Information Session (In-Person):

June 23, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Woodward Park Regional Library

Grants Information Session (Webinar #1):

June 24, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grants Information Session (Webinar #2):

June 30, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

High Impact Letter of Interest Process

Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest to FRF by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 15. The LOI template and instructions for both funding scenarios will be made available on FRF’s High Impact Grantmaking webpage following the information sessions. The High Impact Advisory Committee will review all submitted LOIs and invite organizations to complete a full grant request by August 28, 2015.

To review the Goals to Fund and register for an Information Session, please visit

About the Fresno Regional Foundation

Founded in 1966, FRF improves the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley through philanthropy. It serves Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare and Kings Counties.

FRF is the trusted link between donors and organization’s stewarding to your legacies and investing in permanent, high-impact initiatives for the San Joaquin Valley. The Foundation holds assets of over $62 million and awarded $1.6 million in competitive grants, and over $9.3 million in total grants in 2014. Grant priorities for the foundation include Arts and Culture, Youth, Human Services, Strengthening children ages zero to eight and their families, reducing teen pregnancy, investing in nonprofit capacity, and helping veterans. 

For more information about the Fresno Regional Foundation, please visit or call 559-226-5600.

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