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.  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.


Deadlines for the funding cycles are March 31 and September 30. 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.

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 

Click here for a downloadable instructions/checklist PDF 


 A 2-4 page description of your organization and the specific program you hope Charis Fund will support. The grant request/description can be longer than indicated but we do have many grant requests to read. Concise requests are greatly appreciated. Information in the description should include the dollar amount of your request, the city and state where your organization is located (unless clearly indicated on your letterhead) and the person to contact with questions. 


The IRS document indicating that your organization is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This document should also indicate that your organization is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code


If your organization is in California, the Franchise Tax Board of the State of California requires a document indicating that you are exempt from taxation under the provisions of Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701(d).


The budget for the program for which you are requesting funds, and also the budget for your overall organization.


We do not need a copy of your 990 form or lengthy annual/financial reports.


A list of your Board of Directors.


Please put these items together into one PDF, preferably in the order given and submit at the link below.  Mail one paper copy of your request to PO Box 271, San Carlos, CA 94070

Grant submission is closed for the fall meeting. Will reopen Jan 2022