Apply for a Grant

Our current grantmaking strategies are Economic Security, Education, Immigration and Building Strong Communities. Click on your work area below to learn more about each strategy and to view our open and upcoming RFPs. 

Economic Security

  • Anti-Payday Lending 
  • Financial Education and Asset Building


  • In-school
  • Out-of-school


  • Adult English Language Acquisition
  • Strengthening Legal Services Infrastructure 

Building Strong Communities 


Other funding opportunities

From time to time, SVCF partners with other foundations, public and private organizations and/or individual donors in our region to help nurture philanthropic impact beyond our four core grantmaking strategies. These partners work with SVCF to address emerging local needs in our communities.
Each of these special funding opportunities has its own funding focus, its own application process and deadlines. If you are a nonprofit working in our region, we invite you to check back to explore other funding options.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organizations must be San Mateo and/or Santa Clara County-serving organizations. Organizations headquartered outside the two-county region must demonstrate significant service to the area.

  • Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3)s; those with a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation; or those that are public agencies, including school districts.

  • Organizations cannot discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, religious affiliation, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable law. If an organization only serves a specific population, e.g., women or specific ethnic populations, the community foundation will consider the proposal on a case-by-case basis.

  • Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support attempts to address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.