Help for Students & Teachers
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced widespread school and childcare center closures, disrupting the education, health and well-being of students, families and communities. Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Offices of Education, has established the COVID-19 Education Partnership, an initiative to support the needs of our local county offices of education and school districts through this unprecedented crisis.
As of July 7, the Education Partnership has granted $1,357,050 in funding for local schools.
Funding will expand the capacity of local school districts and the County Offices of Education to address immediate challenges and long-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19, including but not limited to:
- Social and emotional health and wellness support for students, families and staff
- Distance learning, including IT infrastructure and equipment, technical assistance and training for teachers and staff, support for students with special needs and dual language learners
- Emergency child care centers, including additional staffing needs, program materials, health care and cleaning supplies
- Continued and/or expanded access to nutrition services
- Family engagement strategies
- Other extraordinary measures required to address the COVID-19 crisis and shelter-in-place orders
At this time, funding is only available to San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. However, we are exploring possibilities to expand the reach of this fund to include other counties. To learn more about becoming a partner in our education response and recovery effort, contact Christine Thorsteinson at email@example.com.
If you are an education nonprofit that works closely with a school, district, or County Office of Education, you may want to consider applying for funding in partnership with your school-based partner. SVCF also has a Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund that you can learn more about here.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation will seed the COVID-19 Education Partnership effort with $1 million. In addition, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has matched SVCF's commitment with $1 million to support K-12 students, teachers, and schools as part of the company's COVID-19 pandemic response in support of public health and emergency community needs.
Recognizing that school closures have surfaced a range of capacity-building needs and as part of Genentech’s investment in this fund, Genentech would like to facilitate any interested schools, districts, and County Offices of Education to access pro bono services from their company and others in partnership with Taproot Foundation. If you are interested in learning more, please click here.
We know that the needs of our local school districts, which serve more than 360,000 students in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties alone, exceed this initial $2 million pledge. With the announcement that California schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, these needs will continue to escalate.
To learn more about becoming a partner in our education response and recovery effort, contact Christine Thorsteinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current SVCF fundholders may make contributions to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund directly from their charitable funds via the donor portal. Fundholders may also email email@example.com with questions.
If you would like to send a check, please write "4536 – COVID-19 Education Response" in the memo line and mail to:
Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Gift
COVID-19 Education Response
PO Box 399235
San Francisco, CA 94139-9235
If you're utilizing overnight delivery by courier, please mail to:
Lockbox Services Box #399235
Silicon Valley Community Foundation – Gift
COVID-19 Education Response
3440 Walnut Avenue, Bldg A, Window H
Fremont, CA 94538
Apply for Grants in San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties
At this time, funding is only available to San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. School districts in these counties should contact their respective County Office of Education for information about possible funding.
Learn more from the San Mateo County Office of Education
Learn more from the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Please contact Christine Thorsteinson, SVCF’s Director of Early Education firstname.lastname@example.org.