Applying for Competitive Grants

All grant applications listed can be found on our Online Grants Platform. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Create an account.
  • Register your organization with Kern Community Foundation by choosing "Nonprofit Registration for Foundation Services." This is a two-step process, as your registration will not be considered complete unless your agency has a Silver of higher transparency rating from, the world's largest clearing house on data regarding nonprofits. Therefore, be sure to create or update your agency's profile on, as you also work on your registration with the Kern Community Foundation.   
  • Once your registration is complete, select the grant you are applying for, and apply.


Below are links to a simple YouTube video and some instructions from the website itself that could be useful to first-time registering nonprofits.

On YouTube: How to Claim and Update Your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile: Click here.   Registrants will need to have their Tax ID (also called EIN [Employer Identification Number] handy, as well as agency name, address, phone/fax, e-mail and best contact details.

On GuideStar: How to Achieve the Bronze Level of Participation.  Once registered, agencies could use those instructions to get familiar with the GuideStar website, knowing that once they have achieved Bronze Status, they will want to keep going till they achieve Silver Level or higher. The website itself will tell you what else you need to upload to get to the next level. 

If you have any questions, please contact or 661.616.2617.

The importance of registering with Kern Community Foundation.

In order to enjoy the Foundation's Nonprofit Services, which extend beyond potential grant funding, your nonprofit must register by the Foundation. For more information, click here.

General Grant Guidelines

Kern Community Foundation believes that a healthy nonprofit sector is essential to the overall quality of life in our community.  The following general guidelines are provided to help you determine whether your organization qualifies for a Foundation competitive grant. 


The Foundation receives more worthy requests than we can accommodate each year. Most of the Foundationís individual grantmaking programs have specific eligibility requirements. Please review each opportunity carefully and contact the Foundation if your organization is unsure about your eligibility.

Kern Community Foundation will not consider organizations that discriminate by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability, or any other improper criterion be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available by the Foundation, and any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants administered by the Foundation.


Competitive grants are limited to organizations in Kern County. However, funding may be given to organizations with offices outside of Kern County for services or programs for residents of Kern County.

The Foundation currently does not consider multi-year requests.

We do not provide grants for:

  •  Propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, promoting voter registration; for political candidates, political campaigns or organizations engaged in political activities; for litigation
  •  Institutions limiting their services to persons of a single religious sect or denomination
  •  Social or political problems outside of the United States of America
  •  Individuals
  •  Federated appeals or to organizations that collect funds for redistribution to other nonprofit groups


Most grants carry with them a requirement for reporting back to the Foundation regarding use of the funds. Reports of past grants must be on file before an organization can apply for additional Foundation funds. Applications received from organizations with delinquent reports will be considered non-responsive and will not be reviewed.


The Foundation accepts grant proposals at specific times during the year. We also award grants through donor advised and designated funds. Unsolicited applications or applications received after a granting programís cycle has closed will not be considered.


Grant applications are reviewed by committee, comprised of Kern Community Foundation Board Directors and members of the general community by invitation.