Each year, we invite a small number of organization with which we have developed strong working relationships over a number of years to submit a proposal for one of the three kinds of special grants. These invitations are initiated exclusively by Clif Bar Family Foundation and occur outside of our regular grant cycles.


Capacity-Building grants

We offer two types of Capacity-building Grants, both of which include multiyear funding. The first helps organizations expand their reach and impact on local and regional levels to the national level, and the second helps organizations with budgets of less than $250,000 to implement strategic plans for substantially enhancing their missions.

Long-Term partnerships

Over the years, we’ve established Long-term Partnerships with a few particularly visionary nonprofits that have earned our special admiration and respect. In recognition of their unique accomplishments, we have invited them to submit proposals for ongoing funding.

Consulting grants

Outside experts with particular skills can often make significant contributions to nonprofits’ abilities to fulfill their missions. Our Consulting Grants provide recipient nonprofits with funding to cover the cost of up to 100 hours of professional services from specialists in areas such as law, strategic planning, accounting, marketing, and web development.


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By invitation only information
  • Invitation codes are given to grantees who have been chosen to apply for one of these grants. Believe us, sweet talking won’t work.Thanks for your understanding.