Apply for a Grant

SVCF offer grants to eligible organizations through our strategic grantmaking focus areas: Economic Security, Education, Immigration and Building Strong Communities.

Throughout 2017, SVCF also offered special grant funding in honor of our 10th anniversary.

Please note that SVCF is currently undergoing a review of our strategic grantmaking priorities. This review process will help ensure that SVCF is addressing Silicon Valley’s most pressing community needs through our grants. The results of this review will be shared in October 2017.

Until then, the following grants will be available: 

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Grant Application OpensInformation SessionApplications Due
Immigration: Ensuring the Safety and Security of ImmigrantsMay 1, 2017May 10, 2017
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Accepted on a rolling basis

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Past Grant Opportunities

Grant Application OpenedInformation SessionApplications Due
10th Anniversary Grant: Economic SecurityDec. 19, 2016Dec. 21, 2016
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Jan. 20, 2017
10th Anniversary Grant: EducationFeb. 13, 2017Feb. 24, 2017 
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March 10, 2017
Economic Security: Financial Education and Asset BuildingMarch 13, 2017March 22, 2017April 7, 2017
Immigration: Strengthening the Legal Services InfrastructureMarch 13, 2017March 23, 2017April 7, 2017
Building Strong CommunitiesMarch 13, 2017March 28, 2017April 7, 2017
10th Anniversary Grant: Immigration - Creating Opportunities for Immigrants in Our RegionApril 3, 2017April 11, 2017
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April 28, 2017
10th Anniversary Grant: Building Strong CommunitiesJune 5, 2017June 13, 2017
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June 30, 2017
10th Anniversary Grant: Civic Engagement / Innovative TechnologyJuly 31, 2017Aug. 8, 2017
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Aug. 25, 2017

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.