North State Equity Fund money available in Lassen County

The North State Equity Fund is a collaboration between United Way of Northern California and North Valley Community Foundation. We support efforts that promote racial justice, social equity, and deepen collaborations between organizations or emerging groups doing this important work in the North State. This fund is available to organizations or groups based in one or more of these nine counties: Lassen, Butte, Glenn, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, or Trinity.

North State Equity Fund Guidelines

In this grant cycle, NSEF anticipates distributing up to $100,000 to support positive efforts towards inter-cultural dialogue and equal opportunity in Northern California. We are offering grants up to $10,000 in general operating support to address issues around racial justice or needs of a particular racial/cultural group.

We encourage partnerships between organizations and the submission of joint applications where appropriate. While 501(c)3 status is not required to receive NSEF funds, applications from for-profit entities will not be considered.

The application design, grant decisions, and relationships with grantees are guided by a desire to advance awareness of interconnectedness in a broader movement and the following key values:

  • Racial justice and healing;
  • Collaboration, shared learning, cross-cultural healing, and understanding by all stakeholders;
  • Innovation in methods and strategies;
  • A productive learning process, which may include failure and risk-taking;
  • Honesty, openness, and trust among partners;
  • Accountability not just to a grant report, but to partners and the community served;
  • Supporting work of groups with less access to resources and who are historically under- represented; and
  • Commitment to equitable organizational and systemic change.

North State Equity Fund Priority Areas

  • Through its grant-making, the North State Equity Fund seeks to:
  • Prioritize support for grassroots organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and engaged in “bottom-up” strategies;
  • Prioritize programs driven by people who identify with the communities being served;
  • Encourage and build capacity for authentic collaboration, with the understanding that “collaboration” may appear differently in various settings;
  • Build space for development of youth leadership;
  • Facilitate programs and support for undocumented community members; and
  • Create opportunities for promotion and leadership development for BIPOC.

How to Apply

Create an account using our online system: .
Submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Applications received after that time and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Once the letter of intent is received, we have a three-step process:
1. Grant officers will review the letters received;
2. Selected organizations will be invited for a Zoom interview; and
3. Committee of community members will review all materials and make recommendations.

Grantees will be notified prior to awards being announced March 16, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to describe the full cost of their effort and request the amount needed to be effective in achieving their goals, up to $10,000.

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. Basic Information

Contact name for a follow-up interview Contact Title/Role
Contact Phone and Email
Counties you serve

  1. Letter of Interest
  • Briefly describe your group or organization. How did it come together and how long has it been doing this work?
  • What will this funding allow your organization or group to accomplish?
  • How much money are you requesting, and what will it pay for? (i.e., supplies, marketing materials, technology, salaries, utilities).
  • Outline the full cost of operations and any other sources of funding. (You are welcome to upload a budget spreadsheet.)

For questions about the process or how to submit, contact: Theresa Juelch at or call 809-4295).