As part of University of the Pacific's Beyond Our Gates community engagement initiative, Pacific has partnered with First 5 San Joaquin, Health Plan of San Joaquin, San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services and Community Foundation of San Joaquin to launch the San Joaquin Grant Assistance Program to help local nonprofits gain access to grant funds to support their outreach efforts.
Program helps nonprofits win grantsFree help from a professional grant writer is available starting this month
Nonprofit organizations throughout San Joaquin County can apply to access free professional grant writing services through a program developed as part of University of the Pacific's Beyond Our Gates community engagement initiative.
The San Joaquin Grant Assistance Program is launching this month and represents a collaboration among Pacific, First 5 San Joaquin, Health Plan of San Joaquin, San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services and Community Foundation of San Joaquin.
The program aims to help local nonprofits secure the money it takes to maintain and expand successful programs and services, especially in the areas of literacy, school readiness, health, and behavioral health and intervention.
Through the program, consultant and professional grant writer Nathan Werth will offer training on grant writing techniques. He also will work directly with selected nonprofits to complete grant proposals.
"I have worked within the nonprofit community in the Central Valley and have seen an urgent need for a program like this one," Werth said. "I look forward to helping create a better community by bringing new funding to San Joaquin County agencies."
While foundations and other funders provide hundreds of millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations across the United States each year, San Joaquin County's many charitable organizations receive only a small fraction of that money. Despite the needs of its growing population, the San Joaquin Valley has historically received less in public and private funding than national per-capita averages.
In 2011, according to foundation records, San Joaquin County (population: 688,000) received about $876,100 in foundation grants. Sacramento County (population: 1.4 million) received $3.6 million, and San Francisco County (population: 805,000) received about $53.9 million.
This "giving gap" owes in part to lack of infrastructure. In informal surveys, executive directors of San Joaquin County nonprofits have reported that their agencies cannot afford to hire grant writers, nor can they pay for workshops or other professional development opportunities. At the same time, they have seen demand for their services increase by as much as 30 percent in recent years.
The Grant Assistance Program is a two-year pilot project. It will cost about $40,000 a year.
To participate, nonprofit organizations must attend an introductory training workshop. The first is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at San Joaquin County Public Health Services, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
Please RSVP by Sept. 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions: Jennifer Torres Siders at (209) 946-3134
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