Vista Nova Grant Guidelines

About this Grant Program — The Vista Nova Grant Program is funded by the Vista Nova Renaissance Endowment. The Endowment’s mission is to support organizations that offer programs and services to blind or visually impaired individuals living in the greater Pasadena area and eastern portion of L.A. County.

Deadline for Applications — The deadline for 2017 Vista Nova Grant applications is Friday, February 9, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Grant Cycle — This is an annual grant opportunity. Agencies that receive a grant are eligible to apply the next year. Organizations are not required to stop out a year if awarded.

Grant Amount — Vista Nova Grants are limited to a range of $5,000 to $10,000.

Target Demographic — Pasadena Community Foundation is committed to addressing the needs people who are blind or visually impaired by supporting organizations that offer programs and services to such individuals living in the greater Pasadena area and eastern portion of L.A. County. Specifically, the program’s mission is to assist people whose eyesight cannot be improved with corrective glasses or medical procedures. Applicants may tailor grant narratives to address specific age ranges (for example, 0 to 18 years, or 55 years and up) and/or specific minority populations.

Target Needs — The Vista Nova Grant Program will provide funding through grants to organizations assisting individuals in the target population:

  • to perform activities of daily living
  • to access information that supports independent living
  • to use assistive technologies effectively
  • to use transportation options with confidence, and
  • to engage in educational and social activities

Measurable Outcomes — We pursue this goal by funding organizations with a track record of working with blind and visually impaired people, can demonstrate measurable outcomes, and that have:

  • the ability to identify and outreach to the blind and visually impaired population
  • the ability to provide program impact metrics to show service recipient goals have been met
  • the capacity to sustain, enhance, or expand services

Funding is not available on a retroactive or reimbursement basis.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Grants may be made only to tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)3 or 170(c)(1) or (2)(b) of the Internal Revenue code. None shall be made to Private Foundations under Section 509 (1) of the Code.
  • An organization must have been in existence for at least two years (based on the date of IRS determination letter) and have achieved a record of effective service and sustainability.
  • All previous grants have to be completed. A grantee with an “open grant” will be ineligible for new funding. Grantees who have not complied with previous grant deadlines and reporting or submission of receipts may not be eligible for new grant consideration.
  • Organizations seeking funding from the Pasadena Community Foundation may only apply for ONE grant per cycle in the Capital or Senior or Education or Vista Nova Grant Programs.

The Foundation Will Not Make vista nova Grants For or To: 

  • Direct aid to individuals
  • Influencing legislation or elections.
  • Sectarian religious organizations or churches. PCF will, however, consider requests from sectarian religious organizations for support of community social service oriented activities sponsored by such organizations, provided that such activities meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Agencies not engaged in the actual performance of direct services to individuals consistent with Pasadena Community Foundation purposes.
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
  • Building improvements on leased property. PCF typically will not invest in building improvements to property not owned by the non-profit applicant organization. Some exceptions may be made at the discretion of the board to property owned by the city or school districts or other public entity or for an exceptionally long term lease arrangement.

Grant Report Deadlines and Compliance — Strict reporting requirements must be followed in order to qualify for future grants.

Agencies are also required to meet PCF’s Grant Recognition Guidelines.

Forms

If, after reading these guidelines, your agency meets all the criteria and is therefore eligible, please download the application and checklist. The checklist is also provided to ensure your application is accurate, complete, and submitted properly.

Vista Nova Grant Application
Vista Nova Grant Checklist

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