SVCF awards two $100,000 grants to prepare low-income students for college and career

Two outstanding and innovative education initiatives have been chosen to receive $100,000 each as part of Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s 10-year anniversary competitive grantmaking initiative.

The special initiative, announced last year, was designed to jump-start creative solutions in each of four areas that have long been strategically important to SVCF: building strong communities; economic security of low-income communities; immigration; and – the area being recognized with SVCF’s second 10th anniversary grant award – education.

The two programs that will receive $100,000 each are: 

  • Redwood City Library Foundation's Bridging the Digital DIvide Initiative
    The grant will help improve Internet access for homework purposes for low-income students in Redwood City who lack such access
     
  • ACE Charter Schools' ACE FamilyLink program
    Funding will enable a charter school system to develop an app to foster college-readiness in students and their parents. 

“With this grantmaking initiative, Silicon Valley Community Foundation sought creative new ideas, and we are proud to be able to support two nonprofit organizations that articulated innovative yet practical plans for preparing low-income students for college and career,” said Valerie Cuevas, senior program officer at SVCF. “We look forward to seeing their plans come to life, and seeing students reach their academic goals with the help of the tools SVCF is funding.”

Check out our press release for more details about the programs and our anniversary grants initiative.