Applying for a Grant

The McLean Foundation seeks to fund a broad range of program areas. It strives to make grants that will have a lasting impact for the people and community of Humboldt County. Only nonprofit  organizations within Humboldt County may apply for funding. The Foundation looks favorably on projects that serve the Eel River Valley and Southern Humboldt but our emphasis does not dismiss our desire to review requests from the larger Humboldt County Community. If after reviewing the Grant Guidelines you believe that your organization's project qualifies, please login to submit application. 

The McLean Foundation has upgraded to a new online Grant management System.  This system will allow an increase in accessibility for our grantees.  With the new system, grantees will be able to apply, track current grant process and have access to past grant history. If you already have had a grant awarded to you by the foundation you will need to contact Lauren at 707-725-1722 or and request your user name and password. If you have never applied for a grant before, you will need to set a up a new user name and password. 

How it works

A grant applicant creates an account in the Online Grants Manager, and then logs on to that account to access the list of available grants and start a new grant application. Your application can be saved as a draft, and when you log on again it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application. Each account maintains a record of the application history that you can access at any time.
Once a grant is awarded, the Online Grants Manager allows grantees an easy way to see the status of their grant, check due dates, and submit electronic grant reports right from their account. 
We recommend that you carefully read the instructions and reference materials found on this page before registering and starting your first application.   


Preview an application here

Creating your online account

All applicants are required to create an account. At the time of registration you are required to enter the following information:

  • A username that is an email address

  • Your contact information

  • Your organization’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)

  • Contact information for the organization’s Executive Officer

Managing your organizations online account

The first person to register enters the organization’s information, which creates the organization profile. It’s important to enter this information accurately at registration, because after this point the organization profile can only be edited by McLean Foundation staff. It is possible for an organization to have more than one person associated with the account. For an organization to easily view its full history of grants and requests, we recommend consolidating all applications into one user account. If you are unsure whether your organization already has an account or if you need to be added to an existing account, please contact Lauren at or 707-725-1722
Once your account is set up, your account dashboard is displayed on the screen every time you log in. From the dashboard, you can do the following:

  • Edit your contact information

  • Begin the application process 

  • Access application drafts and submitted applications

  • View details and complete the report process for grant awards

A user account can only be connected to one organization at a time. If you are a grantwriter for multiple organizations, please contact Lauren at or 707-725-1722.

Helpful Tips when Applying

For the best user experience when accessing our Online Grants Manager, we suggest using one of the following browsers: Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. It is fine to use Internet Explorer, but you may encounter some minor technical issues. 

  • We encourage you to read our FAQ page before beginning the application process. 

  • Our grants must be paid to a registered tax exempt charitable organization which can include 501(c)(3) non-profit (including churches),town,public school,state agency,service organization or veterans organization.  All others will need to use a fiscal sponsor. Click here for a fiscal sponsor form.

 Watch a video tutorial, click here!

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