The TR Eriksen Trust Fund was established by Theodore ‘Ted’ Eriksen on July 18, 2000.
Mr. Eriksen was born December 2nd, 1938, near Sidney, Montana. He joined the Navy after high school and was stationed in Southern California. After four years of service, he worked in a General Motors assembly plant and at night earned a bachelor’s degree from San Fernando Valley State College.
He continued working for General Motors and became district manager for California north of Santa Rosa. He purchased Galvin Motors, a Ukiah Chevrolet and Toyota dealership in 1974 and renamed the business Lance Motors. The dealership was subsequently sold and renamed Thurston Auto Plaza.
Mr. Eriksen was a member of the Ukiah Rotary and a longtime supporter of Plowshares and St. Mary’s Mardi Gras.
The T.R. Eriksen Foundation allocates funds to 501(3)(c) non-profit organizations that provide direct services to residents of inland Mendocino County. The Foundation focuses on needs of children and seniors. Priority is given to organizations that demonstrate a strong Board of Directors, volunteer support, and local financial support.
Mr. Eriksen chose to provide funds to the local community that supported him during his lifetime. His instructions when setting up the trust were simple: “I made it here. I want to leave it here.”
Applicant Organizations must:
- provide direct services to residents of inland Mendocino County;
- be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3);
- be governed by a local volunteer board of directors that is representative of the community;
- have submitted required reports for all prior grants from the Foundation
Grant applications are submitted online through the link below. At the present time, the Foundation is only accepting applications from continuing grantees. Applicants should complete the required documents in advance using Microsoft Word and Excel formats. In addition, we recommend applying at least 5 days before the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties.