Faith: Community Action Grants

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Thriving communities of faith foster deep relationships, a sense of belonging and support for community members. Many are also powerful agents for change, supporting civic engagement focused on social and racial justice. In a region where many have suffered the impact of systemic racial injustices, a faith community can provide a frame for seeking solutions to important issues confronting our region.

SVCF’s Faith Fund seeks to address social, economic and racial injustices in our region and help build a strong and engaged community.

Through this fund, SVCF will primarily support faith-based leaders and nonprofit organizations working to build community, strengthen interfaith and race relations, invest in leadership within the community, increase community participation in civic life and provide services to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) residents.

The work that this program funds is part of a long-term strategy to achieve systemic change in Silicon Valley. Organizations seeking to apply should have a clear focus on racial justice and a community-driven strategy that demonstrates that BIPOC residents, congregants and community leaders lead, design and implement programs. Priority will be given to BIPOC-led and allied organizations and those with annual budgets under $1 million. Organizations can apply for general operating support or program support grants.

Grants will be for general and program support for nonprofit organizations that demonstrate all of the following:

  • Prioritize secular engagement of BIPOC communities
  • Address emerging community needs with projects designed with community residents working for social and racial justice
  • Commit to working in partnership with other organizations while maintaining a focus on neighborhood-rooted priorities and strategic presence of residents’ leadership
  • Include in programs policy advocacy, holding elected officials accountable, voter engagement and other tactics that are central to power-building

Additional Details

Funding will not be provided for:

  • Capital improvements
  • Budget shortfalls or fundraising events
  • Previously planned or long-term campaigns
  • Funding gaps due to organizational emergencies such as office vandalism, resignation of an executive director or sudden loss of funding
  • Isolated, one-time, events or projects

The maximum grant amount will be up to $10,000. The application is streamlined to reduce time spent on applying and processing. Only one application may be submitted per organization.

Grantmaking Process for Competitive Grants

Eligibility

  • Faith-based networks working to build faith-based and community leadership
  • Faith-based organizations serving low-income and BIPOC communities
  • Faith-based organizations providing programs for low-income and BIPOC communities and those with undocumented status
  • Organizations must serve San Mateo and/or Santa Clara counties. Organizations headquartered outside the two-county region may apply but should demonstrate significant service to these areas or partner with a local organization that does
  • Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designation or have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation
  • Organizations must not 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
  • Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support addresses the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs