Grants & Scholarships

Community Grants

The mission of the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation is to strengthen community organizations. Since 1995, we have done so by giving grant awards to educational, recreational and cultural organizations annually each Spring. Periodically we have also given unsolicited Distinguished Service Awards to organizations that provide exemplary service to the residents of Pleasant Hill. Funding for academic projects based at public schools will be referred elsewhere. These grants have been funded from the proceeds of our annual appeal letter sent to our supporters each winter.

Applying for Grants

Download the Community Grant Application here (PDF). Please note that in 2021, we will accept applications throughout the year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For a full list of past grants and awards download the Full Grants & Awards List (PDF).


We have awarded various scholarships over the years for College Park graduates. These have included Bud Howe Scholarships for students planning to major in music and Tikkun Olam Scholarships for students who have demonstrated the spirit of “Tikkun Olam” (Hebrew for “repairing the world).

For a full list of past scholarship recipients download the Full Scholarships List (PDF).

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship fund, please contact us at

2018 Community Grant Awards

  • Adult Day Services Network
  • Contra Costa Humane Society
  • Choice in Aging
  • CP Grad Nite Boosters
  • Diablo Theater Company
  • 4th of July Commission
  • Friends of the PH Library
  • Pleasant Hill Senior Center
  • Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District
  • Project 2nd Chance
  • STARS 2000
  • White Pony Express
2017 Community Grant Awards
Pleasant Hill Community Foundation Presents Community Grant Awards

The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary by awarding its annual Community Grant Awards at the Celebrating Your Community event on May 16. The proceeds from the Annual Fund Appeal provided the funding for these awards:
• All in Need Family Support – Trunk or Treat – Trick or treating for youth with special needs
• Boy Scouts of America – College Park Welcoming Map Display Kiosks – Eagle Scout project
• Choice in Aging – Fun in the Sun/Safe in the Shade – Shade canopies
• College Park High School – Grad Night – Scholarships for seniors to attend
• Diablo Theatre Company – Sing Out – Portable stage pieces for Beauty & the Beast production
• 4th of July Commission – 4th of July festivities in Pleasant Hill
• Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library – Pleasant Hill Reads – Books to give away for summer reading program
• Monument Crisis Center – Safety Net Project – Services for 150 Pleasant Hill families including food, After School programming, Senior programming
• Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District – Special Recreation Halloween Dance – DJ, photo booth and refreshments for dance for adults with special needs
• Project 2nd Chance – Adapted Classics Collection Update – CD’s for adults learning to read
• Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center – Beautification Project – Landscaping
• Senior Center – Fitness for All – Free fitness classes
• Teen Center – Gardening Center – Supplies for a vegetable garden
In addition, a special award was given to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for their Science, Arts & Math Program at Fair Oaks Elementary School. This award is awarded annually from the Mary Walters Memorial Fund. Mary was a former board and AAUW member who had a soft spot for the children at Fair Oaks.
Betty Geishirt Cantrell, Community Grant Awards Chair, stated, “The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation is very thankful to all the people who have generously donated. Their philanthropy has enabled us to provide much needed support to our local community organizations. We are also celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and are proud of the positive impact we have been able to make in Pleasant Hill all these years.”
Find out more about the many projects, grants and scholarships we have given out over the past 30 years by visiting out website at If you are interested in joining our board of directors, please email us for an application at

2016 Community Grant Awards
Adult Day Services Network of Contra Costa
All in Need Family Support
CPHS Earth Club
Diablo Theatre Company
Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library
Rehabilitation Services of Northern CA
Project 2nd Chance
Senior Center
Contra Costa Humane Society
2015 Community Grant Awards
Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Care
College Park High School
College Park High School Grad Night
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing
Friends of Pleasant Hill Library
Monument Crisis Center
Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm & Teaching Garden
Pleasant Hill Senior Center
Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District -Aquatics
Walnut Creek United Methodist Church
Project 2nd Chance
RES Success
Valley View Middle School