Community Leadership Project

The Packard, Irvine and Hewlett foundations created the Community Leadership Project in 2009 with a three-year investment of $10 million. Our goal was to build the capacity of small and midsize organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in three regions of California: the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. We are pleased to announce that we are launching a second phase of the Community Leadership Project, to begin in December 2012 and extend through December 2015.
With this announcement of a second phase, our goal over the next three years is to increase the sustainability of a set of small, community-based organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Coast, and San Joaquin Valley. We want to help selected organizations develop more resilient leadership, adapt to change more fluidly, and become more financially stable.

To launch this new phase of work, we have released the following Request for Proposals.
We are now seeking three-to-six regionally focused regranting intermediaries and four-to-five organizations that provide leadership development and technical assistance, and expect to award $8 million in grants in 2012 to these intermediary organizations. In addition, the foundations will be considering up to $2 million in challenge grants as the initiative concludes in 2015
Community-based organizations will be able to apply for funding through the chosen intermediaries starting in early 2013. Details on that application process will be available here once intermediaries’ regranting processes have been finalized.
We invite you to explore the Request for Proposals (RFP), the evaluation reports and the CLP website to learn more about the Community Leadership Project, and we welcome your thoughts and feedback. Grants to intermediaries will be announced in December, and our next evaluation report will be delivered in 2013.
Kathy Reich, Director of Organizational Effectiveness Grantmaking, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Anne Vally, Senior Program Officer, Special Initiatives, The James Irvine Foundation
John E. McGuirk, Director of Performing Arts Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation