Building Strong Communities Grantees - 2016

This funding round also includes grantees of the Silicon Valley Regional Fund, designated below with an asterisk (*). 

Organization Area served Purpose Amount
Brightline Defense Project San Mateo To analyze how governance within San Mateo County either empowers or disenfranchises residents and recommend structural changes to improve the lives of North Fair Oaks, Belle Haven and East Palo Alto residents. $40,000
Council of Community Housing Organizations San Francisco To support the Council of Community Housing Organizations’ work to develop innovative data visualization and communications tools to increase the impact of our education and advocacy around housing, development and land use issues. $35,000
Faith In Action Bay Area San Francisco, San Mateo To train and empower low-income residents and residents of color to engage in finding long-term solutions to displacement and housing affordability that will lead to community stability, vitality, health and opportunities. $75,000
Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities All To support funders in their efforts to advance smart growth and build healthy, equitable and sustainable communities throughout California. $10,000
Great Communities Collaborative* All To support the implementation of our new strategic plan serving the whole nine-county Bay Area. $180,000
Greenbelt Alliance Santa Clara To ensure adoption of equitable and sustainable El Camino Real Precise Plans in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. $65,000
Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County San Mateo To address the root cause of the housing crises by completing research and working in coalition to secure new funding and increase access to great sites to support the development of new affordable homes. $80,000
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Santa Clara To prevent the displacement of low-income people and to advocate for safe, fair and affordable housing for all. $50,000
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County San Mateo To address housing segregation and discrimination in San Mateo County by challenging two key local policies that appear to impact housing inequality in our region. $40,000
Mission Economic Development Agency* San Francisco To support the development and implementation of a Fair Housing framework that will result in more equitable policies in San Francisco that contribute to affordable housing goals, and can be shared with other counties. $70,000
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California All To support for leading and coordinating a regional strategy to increase affordable homes in sustainable communities for a more equitable Bay Area through affordable housing advocacy and campaigns at the local and regional level. $60,000
People Acting in Community Together, Inc. Santa Clara To lead grassroots community organizing to build a broad base of support, in the community and from public officials, to enact policies to stop displacement and expand affordable housing and transportation for a community where we all belong. $40,000
Public Advocates Inc. All To co-lead 6 Wins Network campaign to win equity outcomes in Plan Bay Area 2040, including displacement protections affordable housing and public transit investments that benefit low-income communities of color; and leverage fair housing and other laws $80,000
Sacred Heart Community Service Santa Clara To educate and engage individuals who are most affected by, yet least engaged in, the existing process of developing and creating public support for affordable housing. $25,000
San Mateo County Transit District* All To support a study that examines the financial and operational feasibility of a network of long-distance express buses operating on US-101 that may serve both San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties in addition to San Mateo. $150,000
Silicon Valley @Home Santa Clara To advocate for affordable housing friendly policies, create opportunities for regional collaboration, complete research on important issues facing our region, and create a hub for community development collaboration and innovation. $60,000
TransForm* San Mateo, Santa Clara To engage communities in creating and supporting innovative transportation solutions including HOT lanes in San Mateo County. $65,000
Urban Habitat All To leverage local campaigns and regional planning processes to advance equitable transportation and housing policies while training leaders from low-income communities and communities of color to become effective advocate commissioners. $70,000
Working Partnerships USA Santa Clara To advance equitable development, affordable housing and transportation justice as central to building an inclusive regional economy where workers and low-income communities of color thrive. $90,000
Youth Leadership Institute San Mateo To build the capacity of SM County residents, transit operators, low wage workers and CBO's serving marginalized communities to advocate for equitable transportation plans and policy efforts. $70,000
    Total $1,355,000