Soroptimist International of Grass Valley
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist Grants

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley is NOW Accepting Grant Applications


Soroptimist International of Grass Valley accepts grant applications, from nonprofit organizations in Grass Valley and its surrounding area, every March. 


Grants will be awarded to select organizations that focus on helping women and children.  Proposals can be for specific projects or general operating expense.  Applications will be accepted until March 30 and recipients will be announced by April 15.  Soroptimists will consider applications for grants requesting up to $2,000. 


Soroptimists favor awarding grants to local organizations that focus on delivery of services and do not have large fundraising budgets.  Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt.


Previously supported projects and programs include help for infants, toddlers and young children up to the age of five at the KARE Crisis Nursery, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Breastfeeding Coalition of Nevada County, Hospitality House, Women of Worth for families escaping domestic violence,  One Source Empowering Caregivers, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Nevada County Association for the Developmentally Disabled  to name a few.

More than $93,000 has been awarded since 2013 when the grants program began.  Soroptimist International of Grass Valley started in 1965 and has always placed a high priority on helping women and children in our local community.  It is estimated that over $303,000 has been given since inception.


Soroptimists also participate in Live Your Dream Educational Awards for single women who are heads of households and are improving their education so that they will be able to be more self-sufficient for themselves and their families.  These awards are made available in the Fall.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley earns funds for the grant program from rice bowl sales at our food booth on Treat Street at the Nevada County Fair, and other fundraisers.


The grant application criteria is listed below.  You can also get more information by contacting Fran Freedle, 530 268-1280 with questions.


Soroptimist International of Grass Valley (SIGV)

P. O. Box 663, Grass Valley, CA 95945

            We are entertaining proposals for both capital and operational grants of up to $2,000 for direct service projects that are consistent with our mission.  If you wish to submit an application for funds, please send all of/and only the following information: (Incomplete applications may not be considered.)

•           Must be submitted in Word or pdf

•           One cover page with all contact information including:

                        Name of organization/agency

                        Contact person

                        Mailing Address

                        Telephone number and e-mail address

•           Documentation showing proof of 501(c)(3) status or fiscal umbrella

•           Mission or vision statement

•           Provide a proposal of not more than two pages (single space, 12 point font)

•           Describe the services provided by the organization

•           Community need for the services/project to be funded

•           Specific proposed use of funds requested

•           Statement of how the proposed project fits the mission of Soroptimist

•           Two budget Sheets

One page Line-item  Project Budget

One-Two Page detailed Agency Budget



All communications are to be made directly to our SIGV contact and should not be confused with other Soroptimist organizations in our communityPlease submit your application in Word or pdf no later than March 30 of every year.   If you have questions, please contact Fran Freedle at 530 268-1280. 


Applicants may be contacted for further information.  Funding decisions will be announced by April 15. Invitations will accompany the notification of the award.  Grants will be presented at our Celebration of Service event in May.  Grants are subject to a follow-up report and review in 6 months.


We wish your organization well in your efforts to help women and children in Nevada County.  Thank you for your application.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets the first Thursday of the month at 5:15pm .  Please see the Calendar page for more info on where we are meeting and on other special events we have through out the months.



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