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, 2023 8amGrant Application Portal Access - click link
August 14, 2023 5pm
Grant Application Portal Access Closes. Please note! The application cap is 100 applicants. While we typically do not exceed this number, there is potential for the portal to close sooner if the cap is reached.

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 document links

2023 Program Overview - guide to how the Share the Spirit grant program works.2023 Overview
2023 Grant Parameters - requirements for the grant.2023 Grant Parameters
2023 Grant Application Preview - information to help with grant preparation.2023 Application Preview
2023 Post Grant Funding Report2023 Grant Funding Report
2023 Media Kit - guidelines on sharing Share the Spirit program information.2023 Media Kit


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