Resources for Funding

IECC Grant Search

Each month IECC provides a comprehensive list of new grant opportunities to benefit nonprofits in the Inland Empire. The Grant Opportunity Bulletin includes: Federal, State, Local, Corporate, and Private Foundation grants. Grants are updated on a monthly basis.

Monthly Grant Bulletin

The bulletin was compiled by Social Entrepreneurs, Inc. with support from First 5 San Bernardino. It is envisioned to be a resource for nonprofit organizations serving the Inland Empire. It is being provided to the Inland Empire Community Collaborative, The Fundraising Academy for Grassroots Organizations, and Inland Empire United Way to further these efforts.

Foundation Funding Opportunities

The funding summary below list grant source possibilities that have been identified for community based organizations providing services in the Inland Empire. The notes column provides information about the proposal process and priority areas for funding by the granting source where available.

All content from this point forward can be updated, deleted or added to reflect the funding areas for San Bernardino County community-based organizational interest areas.

California Funding Resources

California Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal is a free resources managed and hosted by the California State Library. The Grant Information Act of 2018 (Stats. 2018, Ch. 318) required the State Library to build one website “that provides a centralized location … to find state grant opportunities.”

There are over 100 available grants totaling nearly $17.9 billion dollars with more uploaded periodically.


Candid provides trusted information, data-driven tools, research, analysis, best practices, and trainings to help the social sector increase its ability to affect change and transform lives. Through their work they have developed a handy guide for finding grants and other funding opportunities for nonprofits with their Foundation Directory grant search tool and quickly put together a list of COVID-19 relief funds servicing nonprofit organizations.

They also have verified informational insights on over 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations, and thousands of faith-based nonprofits through their GuideStar nonprofit profiles. Here you can look up almost any data about a nonprofit or even give insights about your own organization.


Grant Gopher is another great resource to find grants not only for nonprofits, but for schools and municipalities too. The trial comes with 3 free searches without an account, but creating a free Lite account lifts that limit. However, there are still some restrictions. To get more information about grant makers, see proposal libraries, or sign-up for alerts you’ll need to sign-up for a paid Pro or Pro Success Path subscription.

San Bernardino County

For a limited time the County of San Bernardino has introduced the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program. This program will support local small businesses and nonprofits by reimbursing and/or offsetting costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 related business protocols and providing support to all eligible County businesses who apply for the program. Additional business locations in the County under the same ownership will be eligible to receive an additional $2,000 per eligible location.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.

The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

The SBA offers several funding programs including loans, investment capital, disaster assistance, security bonds, and grants for businesses and nonprofits.

Emergency COVID Funding Resources

Inland Empire COVID Response

On November 30, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new $500 million program, the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, to provide grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses and nonprofits in California.

Nonprofits in either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) categories with yearly gross revenues of $2.5 million or less will be eligible for a grant through the new program. Nonprofits in all fields of work are eligible with arts and cultural institutions explicitly included.

The Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the UC Riverside Center for Social Innovation (CSI) have compiled a list of funding resources available for Inland Empire Nonprofits.