The East Bay Times and the Bay Area News Group are pleased to bring the Share the Spirit program to Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Share the Spirit Grant Program’s mission is to enhance the winter season for the most needy residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by helping to fund nonprofit holiday programs and outreach.

2023 Share the Spirit Calendar/Grant Due Dates

July 1 , 2023 or soonerGrant Application Materials/Document Links are listed below.

Applicants should review parameters and overview thoroughly before applying.
July 31st 8am, 2023 - 8:00 am
Grant Application Portal Access Opens
August 14, 2023 - 5pmGrant Application Portal closes (there is a cap of 150 applications accepted. Portal will close sooner if capacity reached before 8/14)
September 8 to 15, 2023 Grant committee meets. Grantees will be notified by September 29th.
September - October 2023Grantees selected for story publication; those selected will be contacted by Bay Area News Group staff – ALL grantees must have an organization contact available throughout the month of October to coordinate with journalists.
November 23, 2023 – January 1, 2024Share the Spirit features published in East Bay Times
March 2024Funds distributed
June 3, 2024 Grant Reports due - Please submit the report online, the link will show here when it is available.


Share the Spirit – Final Report 2022 Recipients

(for 2022 grant recipients, due June 2, 2023)


Share the Spirit document links

2023 Program Overview - guide to how the Share the Spirit grant program works.coming soon
2023 Grant Parameters - requirements for the grant.coming soon
2023 Grant Application Preview - information to help with grant preparation.coming soon
2023 Post Grant Funding Reportcoming soon
2023 Media Kit - guidelines on sharing Share the Spirit program information.coming soon


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Submit a question online.

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