After completing the Eligibility Checklist, you will see your results instantly and be invited to submit an application. This application is designed to be completed in one sitting. You will not be able to save your progress. The application launches on July 25th; grants are first-come, first-serve.

The six requirements are as follows. Below you will see the exact phrasing of the questions that you will encounter.


Do you explicitly serve residents of Mendocino County, CA?

⚪ Yes
⚪ No

The Mendocino GO Grant program is geographically restricted. Learn more.


In which of the following areas does your organization offer direct services or advocacy? Please check all that apply:

⬜ Substance Use Treatment
⬜ Mental Health
⬜ Cultural Practices as Community Healing
⬜ Housing and Homeless Services
⬜ None of the Above

Qualifying organizations must be aligned with our core values and demonstrate their work aligns with our strategic and philosophical focus. Those who select “None of the Above” will be considered ineligible.

Non-Profit Status

Does your organization have an EIN number?

⚪ Yes
⚪ Yes, I am applying with the EIN number of a fiscal sponsor.
⚪ No, I am applying on behalf of a federally recognized Tribal Nation.
⚪ None of the above

In order to be considered for a GO Grant, you must have or operate under a 501c3 designation and corresponding EIN or be authorized to apply on behalf of a federally recognized Tribal Nation.

Learn more about our EIN requirement.

To verify, you will be asked to provide:

  • The name of your organization or that of your fiscal sponsor (if applicable)
  • The EIN of your organization or that of your fiscal sponsor (if applicable)

Note: In the case of Tribal Nations, applicants will provide the name of the Tribal Nation. The band name is optional, this information will be shared with the Mendocino County Native American community.


Is your total annual operating budget under $5 million?

⚪ Yes
⚪ No

In order to be considered for this grant, your organization must have an operating budget under $5 million annually. Note: If you are applying under a fiscal sponsor, do not include the budget of your fiscal sponsor. We are asking about the budget of the specific organization, project, or collaboration which will use the funds.


Does at least 51% of your organization’s executive team and/or Board include representation from one or more of the communities listed?

– Native American, Latino/Hispanic or other people of color
– Persons with experience with homelessness and/or substance use treatment
⚪ Yes
⚪ No

AMRF is committed to advancing equity and inclusion. We strictly fund organizations whose board and executive team have at least 51% BIPOC, LGBTQIA, or persons with lived experience.

Racial Justice

Does your organization have a statement or written policy that illustrates its commitment to racial justice?

⚪ Yes
⚪ Not yet. We are open to creating one.
⚪ No

Qualifying organizations must be aligned with our core values and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to racial justice.

Not sure if you’re eligible?

The eligibility checklist is based on our trust in our community members. We have tried as best we can to keep these questions simple, but we understand that you may have questions about your specific organization. Please reach out to Laura at [email protected] to continue the conversation.

Below is the heart of this grant’s intention:

To advance racial equity and promote systems of change by resourcing organizations often overlooked.

Laura Hamburg

In Mendocino County, this means centering our Native American and Hispanic communities, and other communities of color, as well as the LGBQTIA+ community. In addition we recognize the unique perspectives, expertise and insights that are possible when organizations are led by people who have “lived experience” navigating the issues they are working to address, such as personal or familial experience living unsheltered, with mental health and substance use challenges.

Contact Us

We’ve designed the GO Grant application process with low-friction and trust-based principles in mind. Please remember that this is the GO Grant program’s debut. We are trying something new and learning along the way. As always, we welcome your questions and feedback. Email Laura at [email protected].