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Position: Education Manager/Field Rep (download complete job description)
Full time, exempt position reporting to the CEO
Based in CalNonprofits' Los Angeles office at 1000 North Alameda (after pandemic restrictions are lifted)

The Opportunity
This new position with CalNonprofits will have two distinct elements: Education Program Manager and Los Angeles Field Representative.

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Thanks to advocacy by CalNonprofits and others, the California Small Business Grant program explicitly includes nonprofits as eligible grantees! CalNonprofits is partnering with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) and the grant administrator Lendistry to provide grant program and application information to nonprofits across the state. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on the size of the organization.

Round 5 is now closed.

Get Ready to Apply - Round 6 Opens April 28:

Latest Updates

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Didn’t finish your Round 5 application? (4/1)
You still can! Log back into your Round 5 application and complete it soon!

Don’t have a current Government ID? (3/30)
Lendistry now requires a current (unexpired) driver’s license, passport, or military ID

Don’t have your 2019 form 990? (3/24)
The 2019 form 990 is required for all applicants and can be provided through May 17

Want to know your application status?
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Please DO NOT visit - this is a fraudulent site. The correct site is (no “s” at the end of “grant” and a different extension.) If you provided personal information to the fraudulent site, change your bank passwords and freeze your credit immediately.

Get the Info – Important Links

Applying and Getting Help

  • Contact SueS[at]calnonprofits[dot]org or call Sue Sigler at 415-535-0738 for questions about the content of your application.
  • CalNonprofits has no control over the Lendistry application website. For technical questions related to website functioning or application status, please call 888-612-4370, M-F, 7am-7pm or email
  • Arts and culture applicants – Use the special arts and culture helpline to contact Lendistry: 866-759-5320

Important Info and Contacts

1. Lendistry is the administrator of this grant program on behalf of CalOSBA. Grants are not "first-come, first-served" and all on-time applications in each round will be considered.

2. CalNonprofits is pleased to be named as an application partner for the California Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program. Our role is to support nonprofits in getting the most updated information and answering your questions. Questions about the application? Contact Sue Sigler, CSBG Program Manager at sues[at]calnonprofits[dot]org or 415-535-0738.

3. You do not have to be a CalNonprofits member to choose us as your partner. (But we hope you'll consider joining! Membership info here.)

4. The application partner organizations (including us) do not have any influence or input into which organizations are chosen or rejected for grants.

5. Information from Lendistry is subject to change. Check our website frequently for updates as we receive them.

Please pass this information along to other nonprofits!

Jan MasaokaDear California’s mayors, county supervisors, and city councilmembers,

As a leader in California’s nonprofit sector, I write this open memo to you – the leaders of nearly 500 cities and 58 counties – as you consider how to allocate the more than $16 billion that Congress and President Biden have sent to California’s local governments.

I urge you to invest significantly in your community’s nonprofit organizations.

There are lots of reasons (and here’s a link to a handy one-pager), but I will lead with this:
Compared with all other sectors, investments in California's nonprofits can be counted on to ensure spending and hiring in low-wealth communities, keep funds in the region, employ more women and people of color, bring in more dollars from out-of-state, and provide more services to communities.

COVID-19 resources for California Nonprofits
In our efforts to support nonprofits and their staff, we have compiled this list of resources. More to come as we find them!

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our upcoming events
California Government Grants: How to get them and where to find them (FREE 2-for-1 webinar!)
Learn how to get your first government grant from CEO Jan Masaoka and then in part two Shivani Bose-Varela of the State Library will show us how to fully leverage the new California Grants Portal in order to find them.
Wednesday, April 14, at 1pm

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California Grant for Small Business and Nonprofits: Get Ready to Apply for Round 6 (Webinar)
Two days before Round 6 applications go live for nonprofits, join us as we again host Janet Perez Shensky of Lendistry to answer your questions about the program and go through the application process with an emphasis on how nonprofits can fit into the application form.
Monday, April 26, at 11am

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Tips for Downscaling Your Organization (webinar)
Learn about reallocating resources, laying off staff, providing severance, merging with another organization, and other tips for downscaling a nonprofit organization. This webinar is part of a series presented in partnership with Public Counsel.
Date/Time TBD
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