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Grants and Awards


The Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2023 Community Grant Program.


Ranging from $250 to $3,000, the grants will be for community-based recreation, cultural or educational programs and services provided by Walnut Creek non-profits.


The online grant application is available here. Application deadline is October 13, 2023. Grants will be funded in December. 


The Community Grants program continues the Foundation's commitment to the community. Since its founding in 1992, the group has awarded more than $700,000 in community grants to Walnut Creek organizations and programs. The Foundation also helped to fund the building of the All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm Park, the Splash Playground at Larkey Pool, and the Walnut Creek Skate Park as well as college scholarships for local graduating high school students.


How to Become a Community Grant Sponsor or Donor: The Foundation invites the business community and philanthropic community members to become a member of the Civic Pride Sponsor Circle or to make an individual donation. If you would like to contribute to the Community Grant program, you may make a tax-deductible donation by credit card through this website or by sending a check, payable to WCCPF, to P.O. Box 31156, Walnut Creek 94598. Donate now!

Grant Recipients
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2022 Grant Recipients


School Clothes for Kids

The Assistance League's Operation School Bell Clothing program provides new school clothing for low-income youth, enhancing self-esteem and helping students to arrive at school prepared to learn.


Bancroft Garden in Espanol

The Ruth Bancroft Garden will enrich its educational offerings with a Spanish version of its self-guided garden tour booklet.


Creative Writing & Arts for Seniors & Homeless

Through the Community Arts Center and Community Arts Foundation, low-income seniors and under-housed clients of Trinity Center will have a safe and supportive environment to share their personal stories and experiences. 

Operatic Festival in the Park

A free Sunday afternoon celebration of opera favorites, presented in Civic Park by Festival Opera, will delight young and old.


Teen Wellness Support

Through the Walnut Creek Education Foundation, 1,500+ high schoolers have access to critical mental health, wellness, and prevention services at the Las Lomas Wellness Center.


Gardens Gateway

A new plaza will serve as an attractive and easy-to-follow entryway for the tens of thousands who visit the Gardens at Heather Farm each year.

History Comes to Life for Third Graders

The Downtown History Walk and Living History Days programs of the Walnut Creek Historical Society give 500+ local third graders a hands-on experience with life in early Walnut Creek.


Annual Short Film Competition

Independent filmmakers will be able to participate in the Mountain Shadow Film Society's 2023 Short Film Competition.


Trinity Center Remembrance

A memorial event and garden at Trinity Center will honor those lost in recent years and help bring healing and dignity to unsheltered community members.

Grant Recipients since 1992


Since 1992, the Foundation has successfully raised and disbursed more than $650,000 to Walnut Creek organizations and programs.


Grant recipients have included:

  • Assistance League of Diablo Valley, Operation School Bell

  • Buena Vista Elementary School (Lemos Juntos)

  • California Symphony (music in the schools program)

  • Center for Human Development: PEP

  • Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

  • The Creek: Middle School Youth Center

  • Diabetic Youth Foundation

  • Diablo Ballet (school program)

  • Diablo Symphony Orchestra

  • Family Stress Center

  • Foothill Middle School, Homework Club

  • Gardens at Heather Farm (youth education programs)

  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum (youth education programs)

  • Northgate High School Parent Action Team (crisis counselors)

  • Walnut Creek Aquanuts

  • Walnut Creek Education Foundation

  • Walnut Creek Little League, Challenger Division

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Walnut Creek Skate Park


Through the leadership of Foundation Director June Kirske, the Foundation raised $30,000 in private funds for the building of Walnut Creek's Skate Park at
Heather Farm Park. The Skate Park opened in 2006.


College Scholarship Program


In past years, the Foundation also helped to make it financially feasible for Walnut Creek students to attend college, awarding more than $25,000 in scholarships to exemplary high school seniors.


Pictured are the 2006 Scholarship Recipients (left to right): Katherine Soe

Tania Chen
Hannah Poursartip
Tym Blanchard

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