Grant Guidelines

  • The McLean Foundation empowers communities in the Eel River Valley and Humboldt County by providing funding, leadership and support.  Special consideration is given to requests that directly benefit the communities of the Eel River Valley and Southern Humboldt.


  • Funding educational programs and facilities.
  • Funding programs and facilities relating to health and medical care.
  • Funding programs and facilities to enhance the lives of children and seniors; (The Foundation looks favorably on public entities, such as school districts, that are willing to match  or contribute toward any funding which may be granted)
  • Funding city and community projects that benefit the residents of Humboldt County.
  • Funding of projects for the arts and humanities.
  • Funding grants for the benefit of faith based programs or institutions


The Foundation Will Not Fund the Following (Unless there are extreme special circumstances):
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) exemption. (This does not apply to schools, other governmental agencies and some 501(c)(4)’s.)
  • Organizations or projects that are located outside the boundary of Humboldt County.
  • Grants for infrastructure, deferred maintenance or annual operating costs of public institutions, churches, special tax districts, or government except for a single, “one-time” special project.
  • Requests that do not meet the Foundation’s criteria for sound planning, adequate project development and good management.
  • Projects which violate the laws regulating private foundations or the Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws of the Foundation.
  • Retroactive funding of any kind i.e. expenses for projects/programs which have already been completed.


If you are in a relationship with an organization that is acting as a fiscal sponsor or are considering entering into such a relationship, please read the following information carefully.  Projects, which may be using a fiscal sponsorship, will be evaluated by the McLean Foundation based upon these requirements.  A request may be denied if the foundation feels the project does not adequately meet these criteria.
  • Fiscal Sponsor must be willing to consider your “project” as a part of their overall organizational program; they must take ownership of the project.  Any forthcoming grant proposal would reflect this ownership within the language of the grant.
  • Project must reasonably fit into the mission of the Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Fiscal Sponsor must show documented proof of its Board of Director’s approval in taking responsibility for the proposed project.
  • Fiscal Sponsor must be willing to create a line item within their bookkeeping system to account for the project and any grant monies which may be funded and expended.
  • Fiscal Sponsor must be willing to sign the grant agreement with the McLean Foundation on behalf of the project.
  • Fiscal Sponsor must be a non-profit, 501(c)(3) and must have a current tax determination letter indicating their non-profit status.