Apply for Grants


The Cornucopia Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow.

All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations.)

Deadlines: Applications are due by Friday October 30th and will be notified on Tuesday December 8th 2015.

The Cornucopia Foundation primarily makes grants to Malibu-based schools and organizations with an annual operations budget of less than $3 million.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of The Cornucopia Foundation and MUST have all three of the following to be considered for funding:

  • Be project-based;

  • Projects must be performed by youth; and

  • Projects must have real environmental outcomes.


Grants from The Cornucopia Foundation are intended to:

  • Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;

  • Serve as a catalyst to getting environmental-based education in schools:

  • Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

The Cornucopia Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 - $2,000.  Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects.  (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.)  The Cornucopia Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion.

(Note: Please do not contact the office or Board of Directors for information about the status of your application.)

The Cornucopia Foundation funds MAY NOT be used for:

  • Capital or building campaigns, purchase of real estate, or endowments

  • General operating expenses or staffing salaries

  • Beautification or landscaping projects

  • Travel costs or Field Trips that are not an essential part of the proposed project (if included, identify the purpose of the field trip above, under “project activities.”)

  • Scholarships

  • Expensive equipment that can only be used once, used only by a small number of children, or is principally being  purchased for the general use of the school or organization beyond the stated needs of project.

  • Promotional items such as t-shirts, flyers, postcards, or signage.

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Q: How can I submit my application?

A. The Cornucopia Foundation only accepts grant proposals through our web portal. Click Here

to register your organization.  If you cannot submit your grant proposal via our web portal, please contact  Please Note: Grant proposals will not be accepted in the mail without prior permission.


Q: How will I know if my grant has been awarded?

A.  The Cornucopia Foundation will notify your organization via email with a decision  (either way) on 12/08/15 for the grant round ending 10/30/15.  Your organization can also follow the progress of your grant proposal through the Cornucopia Foundation web portal.