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 Program: Here you will find a list of all the Bay Area Community Foundation funds able to grant dollars to a Community Partnership Grant Program. 

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 public announcement of your grant through Bay Area Community Foundation. Please take a moment to read through our guidelines and contact either BACF’s CEO or communications officer with any questions. We can’t wait to tell your story!


How to Apply for a 501(c)(3) Status: To qualify for grants from Bay Area Community Foundation and other sources, your organization will need to be classified as a 501(c)(3) status. Download this helpful packet to learn if it is the correct approach for your organization.

“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.

Bay Community Writing Center: The writing center can help you with free one-on-one sessions in all parts of the writing process. They also host special topics workshops every month.

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.

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

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.