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Applying for a grant

Share the Spirit awards annual grants to local organizations and nonprofits through a competitive application and review process. Each year, about 20 grantees are featured in stories in the East Bay Times.

Organizations and nonprofits interested in receiving a grant from Share the Spirit and being featured in a story published in the East Bay Times, should review requirements and calendar below.

2024 grant applications
open July 29

2024 Calendar

Dates and deadline for grant applicants and grantees for the 2024 Share the Spirit campaign

July 29, 2024
8 a.m.

Grant application opens. (Applicants should thoroughly read the application before July 29 to familiarize themselves with its questions and our expectations.)

Aug. 13, 5 p.m.

Grant application form closes. (Please note: There is a limit of 150 accepted applications. Application form may close sooner if capacity reached before Aug. 13.)

Sept. 23-26 

Grant committee meets to select organizations. Grantees will be notified by September 29.

Sept. to Oct.

Grantees selected will be contacted by the East Bay Times or Bay Area News Group staff to begin story development. ALL grantees must have an organization contact available throughout the month of October to coordinate with journalists.

Nov. 28, 2024 to Jan. 1, 2025

2024 Share the Spirit fundraiser officially begins on Thanksgiving. Stories will be published in the East Bay Times throughout the holiday season.

March 2025

Grants distributed to grantees. Organizations are to use the funds as stated in their application.

June 2, 2025

Grantees must submit the Final Grant Report by this date. (For a preview, click here to see this year’s report. A new form for next year will be posted after June.)

Grant requirements

To apply for grant funds from Share the Spirit, you must submit an application between late July and mid-August. See eligibility and calendar below for details.

If selected for a grant, the grantee must agree to the following:

  1. Accept terms and conditions specified in the agreement letter, which is sent to all grantees and due by October 30, 2024. 
  2. Help develop story ideas that highlight your organization’s need for the fund for coverage by the East Bay Times and other Bay Area News Group media outlets. The idea should focus on an individual or family that is using the organization’s service that would be benefitting directly from the grant.
  3. Collaborate with Bay Area News Group personnel in producing these stories. (ALL grantees must have a contact available throughout the month of October to coordinate with journalists and respond in a timely manner.)
  4. Post to social media that mentions Share the Spirit approximately one post per week, mid November through December. Click here for social media guidelines.
  5. Acknowledge the East Bay Times and/or Bay Area News Group in all relevant press releases, announcements, articles, etc. In addition, grantees should use the Share the Spirit logo and hashtags as appropriate. Click here for press guidelines.
  6. Submit the final status report form by June 3, 2025. The report will assess how the grant fulfilled the purpose specified in the grant application and how many people it has helped in Alameda or Contra Costa counties. 

Eligibility

Grant funding will only be given to 501(C)(3) nonprofits, schools, and other public entities located in or serving the communities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Other considerations:

  • Existing programs and operations, expansion of programs, and projects that are time-limited in nature.
  • New programs/organizations that demonstrate clear and relevant goals.
  • Programs and educational activities that seek to build capacity.
  • Programs/projects outside the priority areas or taking place outside the Alameda and Contra Costa County area.
  • Individuals, businesses, or private foundations.
  • Endowment, capital campaigns, or support for fundraising events.
  • Provide excellent story topics to highlight good work of individuals and/or organizations, with special consideration given to submissions with specific program participants willing to be interviewed by East Bay Times or Bay Area News Group affliate.
  • Expose readers/influencers to community needs and specific populations.
  • Represent diverse populations and geographic areas within Alameda or Contra Costa Counties.
  • Create meaningful impact for residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and reflect well on the nonprofit sector.
  • Address priority areas including systemic racism, climate change, unsheltered residents, food insecurity, community activism