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Charis Fund supports nonprofit organizations as designated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  If your organization or project focuses on addressing social welfare (prioritizing hunger, homelessness, at-risk youth), health and health care, or education needs and meets the tax code specifications, you are welcome to submit a proposal.  We give lower priority to requests for operating funds/general support. In deference to our mission and to the communities we serve, we limit cumulative funding to individual organizations at $30,000. If an organization reaches that limit we ask them to wait five years following the last approved request to submit another proposal. At that point, requests will be considered on a case to case basis.


Proposal submissions start on January 16, 2024, at 10:00am for the spring cycle and July 15, 2024, at 10:00am for the fall cycle. A maximum of 50 proposals will be accepted each cycle. Your grant submission should include the following items submitted together (using the link below) as one (1) PDF, preferably in the order we have listed. Please plan to submit your request early as we expect to reach the 50 proposal maximum quickly.


Charis Fund is re-evaluating its proposal submission process to more equitably receive and evaluate requests. More information on a new process will be forthcoming.


We also require one paper copy of the grant be submitted by mail to:

Charis Fund

P.O. Box 271

San Carlos, CA 94070-0171 


Fill out the Application Cover Sheet (this is the first page of your grant request)


Provide a 1-2 page description of the program or item for which you are requesting funds, addressing the questions outlined in the Grant Request Instructions  Sheet along with other information you think is important


Budget information required:

Provide a summary of your total organizational budget and also a budget for the specific program(s) or item(s) for which you are requesting funds


Provide copies of the IRS documents showing your organization's 501(c)(3) status.  If a California entity, we need your document showing state tax exemption. 


Create one PDF with all the documents requested with the Application Cover Sheet as the first page. PDF name should include the name of your organization!


Submit the PDF of your grant request materials through our website using the button below. After successful submission, print out one complete copy of your request and supporting documents and mail via US Postal Service to the San Carlos PO Box

If you have previously applied and DID receive funding, you are a returning agency.

If you have never applied OR have applied and DIDN'T receive funding, you are a new agency. 

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