Forms & Resources

Connecting Nonprofits to Resources to Help Them Succeed

Here at the Community Foundation, we understand that strong nonprofits help the entire region to thrive. In addition to providing potential funding for your organization, we are here to help connect you with resources in our community to help nonprofits succeed.


Grant Proposal Worksheet: The goal of this worksheet is to answer the questions of “Who, what, why, where, when, and how?” for your proposed project. Use this form to collect your thoughts and flesh out your proposed project before you seek and apply for funding. Answer each section as it pertains to your project idea.

Granting Funds for Community Partnership Grant Programs: Here you will find a list of all the Bay Area Community Foundation funds able to grant dollars through the Community Partnership Grant Programs. 

Grant Application Questions & Requested Materials: This document is provided as a reference to help grant applicants prepare for completing the grant applications. The actual application may differ from the information on this document.

Grant Application Budget Form: This is our recommended form for detailing your project/program budget as part of your grant application.

Grant Final Report Form: Bay Area Community Foundation is interested in learning about the outcomes of your grant project/program and how the funds were utilized. Grant recipients, as part of accepting the award, are required to complete a report within one year of receipt of the grant. (For grants awarded before 7.1.2022)

Media Relations Packet: As a grantee, your organization is one of the Bay Area Community Foundation’s valued partners. We want to promote the successes of this community and help your organization achieve its goals. As a part of that, we wish to share your grant impact stories. We also request that you provide a public announcement of your grant as outlined in your grant agreement. Please take a moment to read through our guidelines and contact our communications or program officer with any questions. We can’t wait to tell your story!

Designated/Agency Fund Disbursement Form


How to Start a Nonprofit: To qualify for grants from Bay Area community Foundation and other funders, your organization will need to have the IRS classification of 501(c)3. This website lists the steps to get your nonprofit up and running.

Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool: Provided by Candid, this tool is for people who are considering or who are already in the early stages of starting a nonprofit. You can take the assessment for free when you sign up for a free account with Candid. This site also covers the following nonprofit topics: fundraising, proposal writing, management, and governance.

“Grant Writing Basics” Video: This workshop gives viewers an overview of the basic sections of a grant application and offers tips on how to make an application effective and impactful.

Measuring Impact & Grant Process Video: This is a recording of the Nonprofit Resource Roundtable virtual webinar held on August 17, 2022, discussing the new BACF grant process and measuring grant outcomes.

Candid: (Formerly Guidestar) Make sure your organization’s listing is up to date with the most accurate information.

Nonprofit Marketing Guide: This online platform and blog have a lot of free resources to help market and communicate the great work your nonprofit does.

Preparing an Annual Appeal Letter: Watch this replay of our September 2020 Nonprofit Town Hall meeting with Regina Pinney of Nonprofit Network for tips on writing an annual appeal letter.


Bloomerang: Free guides and templates on a wide range of Nonprofit topics

BoardSource: Nonprofit board and leadership support 

Nonprofit Hub: Free guides on a variety of topics of interest to Nonprofits

TechSoup: Free/low cost technology for Nonprofits