Community Fund

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is committed to building strong communities and developing effective partnerships. In 2000, the Tribe established the Community Fund to advance that mission. To date, the Community Fund has established partnerships with over 400 diverse organizations throughout Yolo County, the state and nation. The Tribe has granted more than $32 million in philanthropic funding to support programs and initiatives dedicated to assisting communities in need.

The defining goal of the Community Fund is to build enduring partnerships that deliver lasting and collective solutions. Tribal Board Members are actively involved in the grant allocation process, participating in site visits and reviewing the progress and outcomes of funded programs. Through strategic collaborations with local, regional and national organizations, the Community Fund enables the Tribe to support programs that address critical challenges facing individuals, communities and Native American people everywhere.

The Community Fund’s allocation criteria prioritizes applications that address needs from the following areas: Education, Helping People Help Themselves, Native Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, Native Rights & Tribal Sovereignty and Health and Wellness. The Tribe generally considers requests from nonprofit organizations, public entities and applicants that have at least three years of operating history. An organization may apply only once a year, regardless of what action is taken.