Share the Spirit Grant Making Project

Welcome to Share the Spirit 2017!

The Contra Costa Crisis Center and the Bay Area News Group have partnered to bring the Share the Spirit nonprofit grant making project to Alameda and Contra Costa Counties this holiday season 2017.

The goal of the Share the Spirit is to enhance the winter season (November – January) for those residents in Alameda and Contra Costa who are in greatest need by helping to fund local non-profit holiday programs and seasonal outreach.

Thank you for your interest.

More information can be viewed at the project website

The Bay Area News Group and the Contra Costa Crisis Center are pleased to announce the recipients for 2017 Share the Spirit grants. These organizations are doing great work in the community and making the holidays brighter for many East Bay residents.

2017 Grant Recipients

Alternative Family Services
ARM (Art, Recreation, Movement) of Care
Berkeley Food & Housing Project
Berkeley Food Pantry
Beyond Emancipation (B:E)
Brighter Beginnings
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
Child Care Links
Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area
Downs Memorial United Methodist Church
Early Alert Canines
Eden Information & Referral
Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation
First Baptist Head Start
Fremont Symphony Orchestra
Girls on the Run of the Bay Area
Hayward Area Recreation and Park District -Volunteer Hayward
Hayward Police Department
Las Trampas School, Inc.
Legal Assistance for Seniors
LITA of Contra Costa
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
Opportunity Junction
Paws in Need
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Rubicon Programs Inc.
Saffron Strand, Inc.
Saint Vincent’s Day Home (SVDH)
SHELTER, Inc. of Contra Costa County
Shower House Ministries
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County
Swords to Plowshares
The Davis Street Community Center Incorporated
The Flight Deck (part of Ragged Wing Ensemble)
The League of Volunteers
The Salvation Army – Antioch
Trinity Center Walnut Creek
Tri-Valley Haven
Wardrobe for Opportunity
White Pony Express

2017 Share the Spirit Calendar/Grant Due Dates

July 1- 31, 2017 – Please note: Grant Application and Media Training – The in-person training requirement has been eliminated for 2017. Program information is provided here: Share the Spirit 2017 Program Overview and Share the Spirit 2017 Grant Parameters. Applicants should review overview and parameters thoroughly before applying.

August 1, 2017 – Grant Application Portal opens

Link to application will be available here Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 10am.

Note: a fixed number of applications will be accepted for review. The link to the application will remain open until  the maximum is reached or the portal close date, whichever is first. Apply early!

August 31, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – Grant Application Portal closes

October 6, 2017 – Funds distributed/Grantees notified

October 2017 – Grantees selected for story publication

November 2017 – January 2018 – Share the Spirit features published in East Bay Times

February 9, 2018 – by 12:00 p.m. (noon)– Post-Grant Reports due

Please submit the online report at the link below:

Share the Spirit Final Report

Link to Application Information and Share the Spirit website for interested nonprofit organizations.

Questions? Contact the Contra Costa Crisis Center at or 925.472.5760


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