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Investing in Our Communities

At Bank of Marin:

  • We believe that doing our part to build a stronger community for all is essential to our collective success
  • We strive to support nonprofits that foster community and economic vitality, equitable access to educational resources and an enriched quality of life.
  • We commit to being a collaborative community partner through focused leadership, volunteerism, giving and financial education.

Since opening our doors in 1990, the Bank and its employees have donated millions of dollars, served on hundreds of nonprofit boards/committees and volunteered thousands of hours to local philanthropic endeavors.

Each year, Bank of Marin donates at least 1% of pre-tax profit to positively impact the communities we serve. We have been named a “Top Corporate Philanthropist in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times since 2003, and recognized as a community leader as a recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy award since its inception in 2014.

Charitable Contributions: How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in a grant from Bank of Marin!

The application period for 2021 Charitable Contributions Round I closed in January 2021. Organizations that received funding in Round I will not be able apply for additional funding in Round II.

2021 Charitable Contributions Round II:

Application window opens Mon., June 14, 2021 at 9am and closes Fri., July 30, 2021 at 5pm.

We recognize that there are many deserving programs in the Bay Area and though we are not able to meet every request, we will review each request with careful consideration and review each proposal based on its merits.

Grant guidelines:

Grants are generally given to support the following sector areas for organizations serving Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties:

  • Affordable Housing & Human Services
  • Arts & Culture
  • Civic & Economic Development
  • Senior Citizens & Health Needs
  • Youth & Education

*Our giving policy prohibits contributions to individuals, private foundations, “pass-through” organizations (organizations that re-grant funds), political or lobbying activities, and cause-related marketing.

Please note the following attachments are mandatory components to the grant application process. If attachments are missing, applications will not be eligible for funding. All attachments should be uploaded in PDF format.  

  1. Narrative including the following:
    1. Organization’s mission statement
    2. A description of the organization and services and programs offered
    3. A description of the geographic segment of populations served, including total number of organization participants served and percentage of low to moderate income (LMI) individuals served and number of individuals served based on grant request size
    4. If you are applying for event sponsorship:
        1. Date of the event, venue location and expected attendance
        2. Sponsorship print deadline to be included in materials
        3. An overview of available sponsorship levels and associated benefits
        4. An overview of tangible benefits including fair market value (FMV) of sponsorship
        5. A list of all levels of sponsorship for the event in addition to all FMV for each level
  2. Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) letter
  3. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9
  4. Current Board of Directors list and affiliations
  5. 2020-21 Approved Operating Budget and/or Internal Revenue Service Form 990 (most recent)

Apply Now!

Specifics on submitting online GRANT applications will be announced prior to the grant application window opening – please check back for more info.