Grants and Awards

9 GRANTS AWARDED FOR 2021

Civic Pride continued its commitment to the community in fall 2021, awarding grants to nine non-profit community-based programs. 

The grant funds supported programs in the arts and culture, education, gardens and nature, children and families, and health and wellness. Learn more . . .

 

The Community Grants program continues the Foundation's commitment to the community. Since its founding in 1992, the group has awarded more than $650,000 in community grants to Walnut Creek organizations and programs. The Foundation also helped to fund the Walnut Creek Skate Park and 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!

 
 

2021 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.

 

Classical Music Enrichment

California Symphony's “Fresh Look--The Symphony Exposed” provides a low-cost introduction to classical music for families.

 

Creative 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 creative arts and writing classes.

Annual Short Film Competition

Independent filmmakers will be able to participate in the Mountain Shadow Film Society's 2022 Short Film Competition.

 

Wellness Support for Cancer Patients

Cancer Support Community will expand its offerings of educational programs for those battling cancer.

 

Self-Care Kits

The TAPS service organization of Walnut Creek will prepare self-care wellness kits for clients of Meals on Wheels.

Orchestral Outreach

The all-volunteer Diablo Symphony Orchestra will provide concerts for Walnut Creek school children.

 

Climate Discovery Demo Garden

A new demonstration garden at The Gardens at Heather Farm will help educate the community about native plants, water conservation, and the importance of trees and pollinators in our home landscapes.

 

Enhanced Garden Pathways

The Ruth Bancroft Garden will further repair and enhance its garden pathways, making the Garden more accessible for all.

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)

  • 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

 
 
 

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.