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Sustainable Communities and Economies

The goal is to advance community and economic development programs that work to secure – for the present and future, and within the means of nature – a just and equitable life for all species.


Columbia Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following:

  • Promotion of sustainable food systems that work toward: secure livelihood for farmers and farm workers; protection of natural resources and biodiversity; the viability of marine ecosystems and fisheries; protection of public and environmental health; access to affordable, nutritious food from local and regional sources to meet the needs of people of differing cultures and incomes*; and creation of thriving regional food economies

  • Creation and dissemination of economic development models that work toward the goal of sustainability

  • Development of the intellectual and policy frameworks for sustainability

  • * Applications for programs that address the human rights aspects of sustainable food systems are considered under the foundation’s human rights program, which includes a focus on: (1) expansion of the availability of locally produced, affordable fresh food to meet the needs of people from diverse cultures in low-income communities and strengthening of efforts to build a regional food economy that meets their needs; (2) increased access to farmland for new and established farmers committed to practicing regional sustainable agriculture. The annual deadline for human rights program applications (see program guidelines for further details) is August 1.


Annual Deadline: December 1 for a full proposal.


Geographic priority: San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California for local projects, and California for statewide projects.


Types of grant support: Program, organizational development, pilot projects, seed money for new programs.




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