The McConnell Fund Awards Nearly $700,000 in Funding to Local Nonprofits

From Cedarville to Hayfork, Hornbrook to Red Bluff, non-profits and public entities in five north state counties received grants for equipment and building-related needs to support their communities. A total of $683,313 was awarded to 28 organizations based in Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.

The Community Foundation received a record-breaking 124 applications, illustrating the high need currently experienced by non-profits in our region – many of which are still recovering from cancelled fundraising events and increased demand on services. Awarded projects support a diverse array of causes in the areas of arts & culture, recreation, environment, community vitality, social services, health care, children, youth & education.

Local community members serve as volunteer panelists and review proposals, conduct site visits, and make recommendations for grants to the Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval. This year, one theme that proved popular were projects that increase community access to the outdoors, something valued by many north state residents, especially in the wake of COVID.

For over 20 years, Community Foundation of the North State For has managed The McConnell Fund, which receives financial support from The McConnell Foundation, an independent foundation with a mission to help build better communities through philanthropy. Through this long-standing partnership, over $10.7 million dollars has been distributed to local nonprofits and public entities throughout the North State.

For a detailed list of 2021 awards from The McConnell Fund, please click here.

For more information about this and other competitive grant opportunities managed by the Community Foundation, contact Megan Conn, Program Officer or visit