The Citizens' Benefit Fund was established in 1993 following the sale of the city-owned Roseville Hospital. The proceeds were placed in a trust and a portion of the interest earned each year is made available for grants with the purpose of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Roseville. Public agencies, schools and non-profit 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 are eligible to apply.
The Roseville Employees Annual Charitable Hearts Fund (R.E.A.C.H.) is a community giving fund created through the generosity of Roseville employees and retirees. These employee-donated funds are dispersed to local charitable organizations that serve youth, seniors and families in the South Placer County region.
The Roseville Grants Advisory Commission oversees the competitive grant process for the Citizens' Benefit Fund and R.E.A.C.H. Fund. Roseville Grants Advisory Commission reviews grant applications annually January through May, providing the Roseville City Council with their recommendations in June. The City Council has the final approval on disbursement of each of the grant funds.
In November 2012, the City Council approved a two phase comprehensive review of the grants process. The purpose of the comprehensive review is to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the current grants process for possible future policy recommendations. Phase 1 was the preparation of an Historical Assessment Report. The report was prepared by staff with the assistance of a three-member subcommittee of the Grants Commission, and input from the full Grants Advisory Commission (GAC). The Report analyzes the 19 year history of the program and established some context and a common understanding of the program for the future policy discussions in Phase 2.
The 2013 Historical Assessment Report includes five components:
1. Report of 19 year history
2. Appendix A - Citizens' Benefit Funding Guidelines
3. Appendix B - REACH Funding Guidelines
4. Appendix C - Individual Organization Study
5. Appendix D - Citizens' Benefit Fund Policy Manual
With the completion of the Historical Assessment Report (Phase 1), preparation for Phase 2 will begin in Fall of 2014. Phase 2 is planned to discuss and provide direction on policy topics of interest to the Grants Advisory Commission and the City Council and result in a Strategic Plan for the Grants Program. Topics for discussion during this phase will include those listed below and may be expanded to include topics as recommended by the consultant:
- Identifying ways to improve efficiencies and determine effectiveness of funding
- Exploring the use of funding priorities
- Defining how to measure success of the grant program
- Exploring ways to increase funding (i.e., partnerships with businesses)
- Identifying what makes other grant foundations successful
- Identifying best practices for awarding grants
See the 2013 Grants Historical Assessment Report here.
2014/2015 Funding Cycle Calendar
The 2014/2015 grant funding cycle is now CLOSED for applications, Grants Advisory Commission made their funding recommendations and the City Council approved those recommendations on June 4, 2014. 2015/2016 Grant Applications will be available January 2015 and the Grant Applicant Workshop will be held January 13, 2015.
If you'd like to be notified of future grant funding opportunities offered through the City of Roseville, please email Kelly Wickline and ask to be added to the distribution list.
For more information about the history of the Citizen's Benefit Fund and the Grants process, click here to watch a video.
For more information, please call Commission Secretary Kelly Wickline at (916) 746-1350 or Commission Liaison Laura Matteoli at (916) 774-5284.