Quality of Life Grants

Enriching the Quality of Life in The Central Valley

The Central Valley Foundation (CVF) provides annual grants to support the Central Valley Community Foundation (formerly known as the Fresno Regional Foundation) and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The two community foundations enrich the quality of life in the Central Valley through their grantmaking and their initiatives to build strong communities.

McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment

The McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment (MFAE) was established as a separate fund within CVF in 2010. Its sole purpose is to provide grants for major art exhibitions in Fresno County that are of national, international or regional importance. The MFAE does not accept unsolicited proposals.

The MFAE’s first grant was made in 2012 for “The Green Art Project”, a collaborative exhibition that addressed the theme of environmental art and was held at three Fresno organizations, Arte Americas, the Center for Creativity and the Arts (CCA) at Fresno State and Fresno Art Museum (FAM).

Construction of “Learning Curve” by renowned environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty on the Fresno State campus as part of “The Green Art Project” funded through the MFAE.

The most recent MFAE-funded exhibitions were the 2016 exhibit Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray at the Fresno Art Museum and the upcoming “Downtown Mural Project” by Arte Americas.

Family Day events at the Fresno Art Museum attracted over 1,800 visitors and featured a Frida look-alike contest, lectures, performances and hands-on art activities for families, all tied to the exhibit on Frida Kahlo.

Other Central Valley Foundation Grant Programs