Who We Support

Current Projects

SCOE, Stanislaus County Office of Education
6th Grade Science/ Conservation Camp Matching Grant

Recent budget cuts to schools county-wide resulted in the cancellation of 6th grade students attending science/conservation camp at Foothill Horizons, Sonora, CA. The Foothills Horizon program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for many students to experience wild animals, team building skills, science in a natural setting, being away from home and so many more character building moments.

In 2016, grants were awarded to Empire School District, Salida School District, Riverbank School District Sylvan Union School District and Stanislaus Union School District to support outdoor education.

Modesto Sunrise Rotary 

Through the Boyett Petroleum's Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund, the following programs are supported: Student Mentoring Bret Harte School and Hanshaw Middle School, Christmas Elves, 3rd Grade Dictionary Modesto City Schools, Salvation Army Breakfast, Central West Ballet, Modesto Symphony, Gallo Arts, Kids Works-Memorial Hospital. MDRF will continue to support Modesto Sunrise Rotary annually.

Society for Disabilities

Joined Boyett Petroleum's Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund by incorporated the Society's golf tournament into the annual MDR tournament.  The Society received a grant supporting their annual "Adapted Bike Camp," in Modesto each year during spring break. This week long camp teaches children with various disabilities how to ride a bike, using specialized equipment and instructors. Many local teens volunteer for the program and partner with participating children. For more information on the Bike Camp and other Society programs, please visit www.societyfordisabilities.org.

Juline Foundation for Children

For the past 3 years, the Juline Foundation received a Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund grant to support their Outreach Dance Program. The mission of the foundation is to provide all children who have a desire to perform and be self-expressive, the opportunity to do so through dance. These outreach dance programs are provided by the foundation free of charge to the students and the institutions hosting the classes through generous donations, including a grant from our fund.

Tuolumne River Adventure Club (TRAC)

In 2016, TRAC received a grant to help with their program for children in the neighborhoods around the Tuolumne River. "The Tuolumne River Adventure Club project seeks to lower barriers to underserved youth by providing river safety training and recreational opportunities led by adult mentors who serve as role models to help participating youth develop a passion for and a connection to the river in their backyard." We are excited to partner with this very important educational program. 

Find out more about TRAC at: www.tuolumne.org.

CASA of Stanislaus County- Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children 

In 2016, CASA received a grant for their "Children's Fund," helping to fund extracurricular activities and needs for children in the foster program. "The mission of CASA of Stanislaus County is to provide quality advocacy services for all abused and neglected children in the dependency system through the use of trained volunteers. CASA of Stanislaus County is a passionate community organization that provides children received through the court system with personalized advocacy and support. Our goal is to provide a safe, permanent, nurturing environment for every child served." MDRF is proud to help CASA establish a "Children's Fund" to provide foster youth with funds to support educational and extracurricular activities, that otherwise may not be possible.

Read more about CASA at: www.casaofstanco.org.


There is a formal grant application that has been developed by the Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund Advisory Board. 

Eligibility Guidelines

Grant applications will be accepted to support programs within Stanislaus County that are aligned with our mission. These include:

  • Nonprofit organizations with a current 501(c)3 tax exempt designation from the IRS
  • Educational institutions open to the public and not exclusively for specific political, religious, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation  groups
  • Faith-based organizations with the program open to the general public; not exclusive to members of the organization

Make Dreams Real will not consider applications outside of Stanislaus County or focused on any of the criteria listed below:

  • Annual funds, capital campaigns, galas or other special events  and fundraising activities
  • Debt reduction
  • General operating costs
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying or legislative activities
  • Programs that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, sexual  orientation; in policy or in practice
  • Loans, scholarships, fellowships or grants to individuals

The 2018 Grant Application period opened February 1, 2017. 

Applications and guidelines can be found at the Stanislaus Community Foundation's website: www.stanislauscf.org.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2018. 

Grant Report Packets are due by April 15, 2018. Report packets must be received (for current grantees) before additional funding will be considered or approved for the new grant year.

Photo (right): Students are learning about different habitats at sixth grade outdoor education.

Kids Camp Lawn
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